19 Facts About Rivers State


Rivers State, known as Rivers, is a state in the Niger Delta region of southern Nigeria.

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Rivers State is a diverse state that is home to many ethnic groups: Igbo or Igboid, Ogoni and Ijaw.

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The state is particularly noted for its linguistic diversity, with 28 indigenous languages being said to be spoken in Rivers State, these include Igbo speaking groups, the Ogoni and Ijaw languages.

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Rivers State is the 26th largest state by area, and its geography is dominated by the numerous rivers that flow through it, including the Bonny River.

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Economy of Rivers State is dominated by the state's booming petroleum industry.

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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.

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Between 1941 and 1952, agitation for the creation of Rivers State province began with the formation of the Ijo Rivers State People's League.

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Rivers State is a predominantly low-lying pluvial state in southern Nigeria, located in the eastern part of the Niger Delta on the oceanward extension of the Benue Trough.

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Land surface of Rivers State can be divided into three zones: freshwater swamps, mangrove swamps and coastal sand ridges.

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Rivers State has higher literacy rate compared to most states in the South South geopolitical zone.

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Rivers State is made up of numerous ethnic groups which includes: Abua, Andoni, Ekpeye, Bille, Eleme, Egbema, Ekpeye, Kalabari, Ndoki, Ndoni, Okrika, Ogoni, Engenni, Etche, Ibani, Ikwerre, Ogba, Odua etc.

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The earliest known settled communities in what is Rivers State include the Riverine Ijaw; Ogoni on the lower Imo River and coastal shores of the main-lands and Ikwerre people and other Igboid groups on the main-lands.

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Rivers State has maintained its importance as a leading supplier of wealth to the nation for centuries.

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Rivers State is famous for its vast reserves of crude oil and natural gas.

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Rivers State has two major oil refineries, two major seaports, airports, and various industrial estates spread across the land.

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Rivers State is one of the leading states in the production of yam, cassava, cocoyam, maize, rice and beans.

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Rivers State has one of the nation's highest per capita energy consumption rates.

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Rivers State is the 6th Democratic governor of the state and the 15th overall governor of River State.

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Legislative authority in Rivers State is held by the state House of Assembly, which is made up of elected representatives from all constituencies of the state.

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