List of LGAs in Rivers State by number of wards. From largest to smallest

The top 10 LGAs (Local Government Areas) in Rivers State with the largest number of council wards are:

Port Harcourt …. 20
Khana …. 19
Etche …. 19
Obio-Akpor …. 17
Gokana …. 17
Degema …. 17
Akuku-Toru …. 17
Ogba–Egbema–Ndoni …. 17
Emohua …. 14
Asari-Toru …. 13

Full list of LGAs in Rivers State by number of wards. From largest to smallest

LGA nameWards
Port Harcourt20
Ahoada East13
Ahoada West12

Rivers is the fifth most populous State in Nigeria with over 3 million residents.

Also, Rivers is the sixth-largest geographic area in Nigeria.

The state has an indigenously diverse population with major riverine and upland divisions with beautiful cultural heritage.

The major ethnic groups are: Ogoni, Ijaw and Ikwerre.

The riverine, including most of the state’s towns and villages surrounded by water is moderately inhabited.

Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa

Engagement in arts often serves to strengthen social bonds in subtle but important ways, and to forge connections that may not have existed before.

Rivers arts and culture are a vital tool in promoting a stronger social fabric and enhancing the social health of our state.


It is the second largest economy in the country, next only to Lagos State. Port Harcourt, the State’s capital, is one of the largest cities in the country and contributes significantly to the nation’s financial, manufacturing, transport and telecommunications sectors, among others. In 2007, the State’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $21.07 billion and a per capita income of$3.965.

Oil facility at Bonny Island

Rivers generates about a third of Nigeria’s gross domestic product, gross domestic and national income and foreign exchange. Most of the multinational oil and gas companies in Nigeria and abroad are based either in Rivers State or have offices and branches in the state. These companies include, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Total-Elf-Fina, Nigeria

A market in Igwuruta, Rivers State

Agip Oil Company, Saipem Nigeria Limited, Dawoo Nigeria Limited, Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas Limited. The State also has two petroleum refineries; two seaports, two airports, the Trans Amadi Industrial Estate and the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone.


Rivers is famous for its vast reserve of crude oil and natural gas. More than 40% of Nigeria’s output of crude oil and gas resources is produced in the state. Apart from crude oil, the State is also rich in silica sand, glass and clay and other solid minerals, most of which is untapped.


Manufacturing activities are presently very limited in Rivers State. The State depends largely on goods and commodities imported from abroad or produced from other cities such as Aba, Onitsha and Lagos.

Nevertheless the Trans Amadi Industrial Estate in Port Harcourt host some manufacturing companies.

There are also some considerable manufacturing activities taking place in the Eleme/Onne industrial hub where Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Limited, the Nigerian Petroleum Refinery Company and the Notore Chemical Industries, among others is located.