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RIVERS STATE Governor: Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi (PDP) Deputy Governor: Efiok Essien Cobham E-mail: gov@riversst...


Governor: Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi (PDP)

Deputy Governor: Efiok Essien Cobham


Date Created: May 27, 1967

Capital City: Port Harcourt

Major Towns: Port Harcourt, Bonny, Ahoada,Okrika, Degema, Opobo, Gokana.

River State was created on May 27, 1967 and constituted one of the earliest states which came into being in replacement of the old regional structure.

Rivers State is currently made up -of 22 local government areas. These are Ogba/Egbema, Ndoni, Ahoada, Ikwerre, Etche, Andoni/Opobo, Bonny, Okrika, Iyigbo, Ehana, Gokana Tai/Eleme, Obio/Akpor, Emohua, Degema, Aseri Toru, Akuku, Abua/Odial, Omumma, Opobo/Nkoro, Ogu/ Bolo, Ahaoda West and Eleme.

Rivers State is bounded by Delta State, Imo State, Akwa Ibom State and Bayelsa State. Much of the State is covered by mangrove forest with marshy areas.

Rivers State is a multi-linguistic state. Some of these include Ekpeye, Ibami, Ikwerre, Kalabari, Okrika, Kolokuma, Nembe etc. However, English remains the official language while pidgin is also widely spoken.

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 employement for young school leavers and university graduates. These agricultural activities are grouped' under Community Block Farming Scheme, Community Fishing Scheme, Livestock Scheme and Rabbitry.

The Forestry Department runs programmes on Forest Conservation and Development Timber and Fruit Trees Establishment, Wildlife Management and- Soil Conservation. Forest resources include timber (fresh water and mangrove) as well as minor forest produce such as cane, (calamus) etc.

River State is also one of the industrial states of Nigeria. Among the industries involved with the manufacture of various products are West African Glass Industries Limited, Pabod Breweries, Eastern Wrought Iron Ltd, Engineering Works Limited, Metalloplastic and other industries.

However, it is the production of oil and gas that Rivers State is most famous. With enormous reserves of crude oil and natural gas, Rivers State account for more than 40% of Nigeria crude oil production. Apart from this, there are many petrochemical related industries in the state which also harbour the first petroleum refinery in Nigeria.

The culture of the people of Rivers State is distinctive. Masquerades, mostly colourful and artistic in their make-up and paraphernalia, are a common sight during festive occasions. Masquerades are either religious or historical personifictions of the rich legends of the people.

The Iria (puberty and marriage ceremony) of the Kalabaris, the fishing festivals in Kaiama and Amassaona, the yam festivals in Ikwerre and Ogba, the burial rites and wrestling. ceremonies in Degema and the war canoe displays or boat regattas in Bonny are among the major cultural activities of the people as well as the main tourist attractions.

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