Rivers is one of the richest states in Nigeria and an oil producing state. Situated in the Niger Delta region, the state is the most renown in the area. Port Harcourt city, the state capital is one of the most remote urban areas in the country. In this write-up, we’ll peek at the towns and 23 local government areas in Rivers State.
Overview of Rivers State
The name ‘Rivers’ was gotten from the many rivers that flows through the state. Rivers State came to existence on 27th May 1967 when the then regime of General Yakubu Gowon created it from the former Eastern Region. Located in the coastal Southern part of Nigeria, Rivers State covers an area of 11,077 square kilometres. Rivers State is bounded on the South by the Atlantic Ocean, to the North by the Anambra, Imo and Abia States, to the East by Akwa Ibom State and to the West by the Bayelsa and Delta States.
List of Local Government Areas and Towns in Rivers State
With Port Harcourt city being the major urban area in the oil rich state, there are also other towns. Here is the rundown of the 23 local government areas and towns in Rivers State:
Abua-Odual Local Government Area
Abua-Odual LGA is a local government area in Rivers State. It has an headquartered in the town of Ayama Abua, with other towns like Agada, Abua, Akani, Emelego, Emago and Anyu also making up.
Ahoada East Local Government Area
Ahoada East LGA of Rivers State has its administrative headquarter in the commercial town of Ahoada (Ehuda). Other notable towns in the area include Ahoada, Akoh and Uppata, as they make up Ahoada East local government area.
Ahoada West Local Government Area
Ahoada West LGA is an adjacent Local Government Area to Ahoada East LGA. As one of the twenty-three local government councils of Rivers state, it has an headquarter in Akinima town, consisting of other towns and districts of Ubie, Okarki, Joinkrama, Igbuguya and Ediro.
Akuku Toru Local Government Area
Akuku Toru LGA is a local government area in Rivers State. It has an headquarter in Abonnema town, having the towns and districts of Abonoma, Abaji, Okolo, Imoama, Leleama, Ibiapuama, Dere-ama, Opukiri, Lelekiri and Angalaobio.
Andoni Local Government Area
Andoni LGA is one of the notable Local Government Area in Rivers State. It has a council headquarter in the town of Ngo and some notable towns and districts here viz: Obolo, Ngo, Ekede, Ikuru, Asarama, Ataba, Samanga. Unyeada, Unyen and Gola.
Asari-Toru Local Government Area
Asari-Toru LGA of Rivers State is headquartered in the town of Buguma. A total of 17 communities makes up the area, and some notable towns here include; Angulama, Atuka, Ido, Ifoko, Minama, Okpo and others that make up.
Bonny Local Government Area
Bonny LGA is a notable Local Government Area in Rivers State. It is an Island, and has headquater in the central part of Bonny Island town. Other notable towns here include: Adamakiri, Agbala, Akpakpasu, Amanadama, Angalabie, Asaramatoru, Atabakiri and Bartholomy.
Degema Local Government Area
Degema LGA is one of the notable Local Government Areas in Rivers State. It is quite developed and has it headquarter in the town of Degema. Notable towns and villages in the area include: Old Bokana, Tombia, Usokun, Bille and Bukuma.
Eleme Local Government Area
Eleme LGA is a prominent local government area in Rivers State. With an administrative headquarters in Nchia town, other remote urban areas in Eleme LGA include: Agbeta, Agbnchia, Ebubu, Egalor, Eja, Onne and other places.
Emohua Local Government Area
Emohua LGA of Rivers State count as one of the twenty-three local government areas in the state. Its headquarter is located in the town of Emuoha with the other towns and districts of Egbeda, Ibaa, Obelle and notable places.
Etche Local Government Area
Etche LGA is one of the present-day Local Government Areas in Rivers State. With an administrative headquarters in the town of Okehi, other urban areas in Etche LGA include: Ozuzu, Igbo, Ulakwo, Mba and Okehi.
Gokana Local Government Area
Gokana LGA is one of the Local Government Areas in Rivers State. It has a capital in the town of Kpor and other urban areas include: Bodo, Gokana, B-dere, Kpor and Gioko.
Ikwerre Local Government Area
Ikwerre LGA is a stand out Local Government Area in Rivers State. Headquartered in the town of Isiokpor, other urban areas include: Aluu, Elele, Igwuruta, Isiokpor, Omogwa, Omademe, Omerelu, Ozuoba, Ubima and Umuanwa.
Khana Local Government Area
Khana LGA makes the list as one of the Local Government Areas in Rivers State. It is headquartered in the town of Bori with the districts anf towns of Khana, Baghayagbe, Banchabone, Betem, Bie Gwara, Bori, Deken, Eken,Gbam Boue, Gure, Kagwara, Kani, Kani Babbe and others making up the area.
Obio/Akpor Local Government Area
Obio/Akpor LGA is one of Rivers State Local Government Areas. The headquarter of the LGA is located in the town of Rumuodumaya. It is the richest local government area in Nigeria as a whole. Urban areas and districts here include: Elelenwo, Choba, Oro Igwe, Ozuba, Rupkokwu, Rumueme, Rumuigbo, Rumuokwuta, Rumuodara and Rumuokoro.
Ogba/Egbema/Adoni Local Government Area
Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni is a notable area in Rivers State. It is one of the twenty-three Local Government Areas in the State. Headquartered in the town of Omoku, other notable urban areas and districts in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA include: Egita-Akabuta, Ekpe-Aggah etc.
Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area
Ogu/Bolo LGA is one of Rivers State Local Government Areas. With an administrative headquarters in Ogu town, other notable urban areas include: Bolo, Ele, Ogu, Wakana, Adiai-Obiofu, Agwe, Amuajie, Ase-Imonita, Ase-Azaga and Isara.
Okrika Local Government Area
Okrika LGA is a known Local Government Area in Rivers State. It has an headquarter in the popular Okrika town with the districts and towns of Kallo, Ogoloma, Okrika and Ogan making up the area.
Omuma Local Government Area
Omuma LGA of Rivers State is headquartered in Eberi town. Notable urban areas and districts include Oyoro, Ohimogho, Umuogba, Ofeh, Obiohia, Ajuloke, Eberi-Dikeomuoo, Ariraniiri and Owu-Ahia.
Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area
Opobo/Nkoro LGA is a coastal Local Government Area in Rivers state. It has an administrative headquarters in the historic Opobo town, which borders the state with Akwa-Ibom. Other urban areas iinclude: Opobo, Nekoro, Nkoro, Ukonu, Queens Town Kalama, Jaja, Kalaibiama and Diepiri.
Oyigbo Local Government Area
Oyigbo LGA is one of Rivers State Local Government Area. It is headquartered in Okoloma Afam town. Other notable urban area here include: Obete, Asa, Kankom, Egberu-Ndoki, Oyigba West, Oyigbo Central, Umuagbai and Azogu.
Port-Harcourt Local Government Area
Port-Harcourt LGA is the Capital local government area of Rivers State. It is headquartered in the city of Port-Harcourt, the state capital. Port-Harcourt LGA is the most developed area in Rivers State, and it has other towns which include: Amadi, Abuloma, Diobu, Elekahia, Mgbundukwu, Npkolu, Oroworukwo, Ochri, Rumukalagbo district and other places.
Tai Local Government Area
Tai LGA is one of Rivers State Local Government Areas. It has an administrative headquaters in Saakpenwa-Ogoni town. Other notable urban areas include: Ban- Ogoi, Gio, Kporgho, Gbam, Borobara, Nanabie, Karoma, Korokoro, Kpite, Gbeneo and Botem.
Rivers State is one of the wealthiest states in Nigeria, and for this reason the state is attributed as the ‘Treasure Base of the Nation’. Being one of the leading oil and gas producers in the country, there is no doubt the state is this far. Port Harcourt, the state capital is a developed, commercial and industrialised city, which is seen as the headquarter of the Niger Delta region where the state is situated. There are still many other urban areas in the state, as this article enumerated the towns and local government areas in Rivers State.