Rivers State is one of the 36 States in Nigeria and the economic hub of the Niger Delta region with a population currently estimated at 5.2 million. It is strategically situated encompassing large swathes of tropical rain and mangrove forest and in addition to oil deposits that can be found in the state, also possesses arable land with untapped opportunities in crop production and animal husbandry.
Rivers is the second largest economy in Nigeria and the centre of the oil and gas industry and the West African sub region with a total GDP of about US $21 billion annually; Standard and Poor's affirming a "B" long term credit rating for the State indicating a stable outlook.
Rivers State is home to major refineries, two major Seaports and two Airports. one of which is an international airport. It is home to multinational oil and gas companies such as Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), ExxonMobil, Total E & P (Total), and Chevron Nigeria Limited, as well as an oil and gas free trade zone. It also holds the regional headquarters of several national banks.
Port Harcourt is the capital of Rivers state and is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. It is the chief oil refining city in Nigeria and is home to the 2,500 acres Trans-Amadi Industrial Layout where Tyre, Aluminum products, Glass wares, Paper and other goods are manufactured. Port Harcourt seaport's deep-water facilities handle the export of goods and have bulk storage facilities for both palm oil and petroleum. The State is home to three (3) Universities - University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University, and Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, as well as two Polytechnics – Kenule Beeson Saro–Wiwa Polytechnic and Port Harcourt Polytechnic.
To build a state that is truly united, secure and prosperous with boundless opportunities for everyone who lives in it to peacefully pursue their goals and realize their full potentials in dignity and happiness
|Date Created||27 May 1967|
|GDP||US $21 billion annually (Wikipedia)|