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  • Melford Miller
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    ABOUT RIVERS STATE AHEAD OF THE GMLD CONFERENCE IN PH

    Rivers state is one of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was created from the then Eastern Region of Nigeria decree No. 19 of 1967.
    Before then the territory was referred to as Oil Rivers Protectorate—– a name it derived from its central role in the oil trades of the last two centuries.

    TRADE & INVESTMENT
    First they trade in Palm Oil and then crude oil. The state is the heart of hydrocarbon industry mresponsible for the huge chunk of the nations foreign exchange earnings. It is accountable for over 48% of crude oil produced on-shore in the country and 100% of the Liquefied Natural Gas that Nigeria is currently exporting to various countries of the world.

    The strategic importance of Rivers State in the economic equation of Nigeria earned it the name Treasure Base of the Nation. Port Harcourt the State Capital is known all over the world as the Garden City because of its beautiful layout and decent environment. Port Harcourt is indeed one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in African.

    GEOGRAPHY
    The state occupied a total area of 11,077km2 (4,276.9 sqmi) .The state is bounded on the south by the Atlantic Ocean on the North by Anambra, Imo and Abia State the East by Akwa Ibom state and the West by Bayelsa and Delta State.

    Rivers State which is in the Niger Delta has topography of flat plains with a network of rivers and tributaries these include New Calabar, Orashi, Bonny, Sombreiro and Bartholomew Rivers with a Tropical Climate, Numerous rivers and vast areas of arable land, The people of Rivers State have lived up to their tradition of agriculture, especially fishing and farming, commerce and industry. Beside oil and gas Rivers state is blessed with many natural resources including Timber, White sand beaches, Clay for ceramics (Ash, Yellow and Red) etc all yearning for explorations.

    PEOPLE
    The state has a population of about 6.5million people who have a rich and unique heritage. Usually known to be friendly and hospitable. These people come from various ethnic groups namely, Ekpeye, Ogoni, Ikwerre, Kalabari Obolo, Igbani, Etche, Ndoki, Okirika, Abua, Engenni etc.

    These ethnic groups have existed together for centuries long before the creation of the state and are currently distributed in twenty three Local Government Areas.

    ECONOMY
    Port Harcourt is Nigerians second largest commercial and agricultural centre and has the second busiest seaport in Nigeria. This cosmopolitan city has a busy international flight to all parts of the country and major cities of the world. It marks the Eastern terminal of Nigeria’s railway System. Rivers State have four degree awarding institute, Two Refineries, A Petrochemical Plant, Fertilizer Plant and a Liquefied Natural Gas Plant. No wonder Rivers state is described as investor’s heaven. For many years the Afam Power Station in Ndoki, Oyigbo Local Government Area has been the source of power to many parts of the nation.

    TOURISM
    The state tourism opportunities and potentials are legendary.
    Sites
    Elephant Sanctuary in Andoni Local Government Area
    Cultural Centre in Port Harcourt
    Finima Beach in Bonny Local Government Area
    Port Harcourt Tourist Beach
    Statue of King Jaja of Opobo
    Rivers State Museum
    Bisenic Forest In Ahoada
    Okirika Aquatic Stadium
    Water Glass Boat Yard
    Pleasure Park in Port Harcourt.

    GMLD Publicity C’tte

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