is one of the 36 states
. Its capital is Port Harcourt
. It is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean
, to the North by Imo
States, to the East by Akwa Ibom
State and to the West by Bayelsa
states. Rivers state is home to a variety of ethnic groups, including Abua, Andoni, Ekpeye, Engenni, Etche, lbani, lkwerre, Kalabari, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Okrika and Ogoni.
The inland part of Rivers state consists of tropical rainforest; towards the coast the typical Niger Delta
environment features many mangrove swamps.
Rivers state, named after the many rivers that border its territory, was part of the Oil Rivers Protectorate
from 1885 till 1893, when it became part of the Niger Coast Protectorate
. In 1900 the region was merged with the chartered territories of the Royal Niger Company
to form the colony of Southern Nigeria
The state was formed in 1967 with the split of the Eastern Region
of Nigeria. Until 1996 the state contained the area which is now in the Bayelsa State
Rivers State is divided into twenty-three Local Government Areas (LGAs):
Rivers State has one of the largest economies in Nigeria, mainly because of its crude oil. The State has two major refineries, two major seaports, airports, and various industrial estates spread across the state, particularly in the State capital.
In 1999 the state had 2,805 Government primary schools and 243 secondary schools.... Read More