Rivers State

Created on May 27, 1967, Rivers state covers a total area of 11,077 km2 (4,277 sq mi) and has a total population of 5,198,716 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 469/km2 (3063/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $21,073 Million, at $3,965 Per Capita.

Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. Its capital is Port Harcourt. It is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by Imo, Abia and Anambra States, to the East by Akwa Ibom State and to the West by Bayelsa and Delta states. Rivers state is home to three main ethnic groups: Igbo, Ijaw, and Ogoni.

The inland part of Rivers state consists of tropical rainforest; towards the coast the typical Niger Delta environment features many mangrove swamps. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people of Rivers State and the agricultural policy of the state government is anchored on food production. This provides employment for young school leavers and university graduates. These agricultural activities are grouped' under Community Block Farming Scheme, Community Fishing Scheme, Livestock Scheme and Rabbitry. Rivers State has one of the largest economies in Nigeria, mainly because of its crude oil.

Major Towns:

  • Port Harcourt
  • Bonny
  • Ahoada
  • Opobo
  • Okrika

State Governor

Rivers state governor

Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (born 24 August 1967) is a Nigerian lawyer, politician and Governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Rivers State. He is from Rumuepirikom in Obio-Akpor, Rivers State, Nigeria. He is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party. Wike was appointed minister of state for education on 14 July 2011 but resigned before finishing his term to campaign for Governor of Rivers State. In 2014, he won the Rivers State Governorship Election on March 28, 2015.