Government of Rivers State

The Government of Rivers State consists of elected representatives and appointed officials responsible for the government of Rivers State, Nigeria. Rivers State has a population of about 5 million people, and is one of the 36 states that make up the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The state government is composed of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, whose powers are vested by the Constitution in the House of Assembly, the Governor and the High Court. The judiciary operates independently of the executive and the legislature. At the local level, elected officials are in charge of local government areas.

Government of Rivers State
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Formation1979 (43 years ago) (1979)
JurisdictionRivers State
Legislative branch
LegislatureHouse of Assembly
Meeting placeHouse of Assembly Complex
Executive branch
LeaderGovernor of Rivers State
AppointerDirect popular vote
HeadquartersGovernment House
Main organExecutive Council
Judicial branch
CourtHigh Court
SeatPort Harcourt


The executive branch is headed by the Governor, assisted by the Deputy Governor, both elected. The governor appoints the heads of parastatals, state-owned bodies, judicial officers, permanent secretaries and members of the Executive Council with the exception of the deputy. The Civil Service is administered by the head of service, a career civil servant, with each ministry managed by a permanent secretary. The commissioner is responsible for policy, while the permanent secretary provides continuity and is responsible for operations.


As the highest ranking-official in the executive, the Governor of Rivers State wields significant influence in matters relating to the governance of the state. As in most presidential systems, the governor is both the head of government and head of state. The governor is empowered by the Constitution to preside over the Executive Council, as well as to appoint, dismiss or reappoint its members–excluding the deputy governor–at will. In addition the governor may sign legislation passed by the House into law or may veto it, however, the bill automatically becomes law after 30 days if the governor does not sign the legislation.

A vote by a two-thirds majority in the House can overrule the governor. The same vote is required to initiate an impeachment process of the governor or the deputy governor. When the chief executive is unable to discharge their duties, the deputy governor assumes the office of Acting Governor until the governor resumes duty, or until election of a new governor.[1]

Since achieving statehood, Rivers State has had a total of 6 governors. Four of the former governors are still alive while only one has died. The longest serving governor is Peter Odili, a physician by profession. He spent 2,923 days in office.

Deputy GovernorEdit

The position of Deputy Governor of Rivers State constitutes the vice-head of state and government, created when the federation returned to civilian authority under the Second Republic. Whoever holds the post is considered the second highest official in the executive branch. The deputy governor is also seen as the first official in line to succeed the Governor of Rivers State, should that office be vacated.

The deputy governor is elected concurrently on a ticket with the governor for a term of four years renewable once. The annual salary for the office as of 2009 is 2,112,215.[2] Physician Ipalibo Banigo is the first woman to hold the position since it was established. Banigo, formerly a civil servant in the Ministry of Health, was chosen by governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike to be his running mate in the 2015 election.[3]

Executive councilEdit

The executive council is currently made up of:[4]

Position Incumbent
Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Deputy Governor Ipalibo Banigo
Attorney General Prof. Zaccheus Adangor
Secretary to the State Government Tammy Danagogo
Chief of Staff Chukwuemeka Woke
Head of Service Rufus Godwins
Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement Igonibo E. Thompson
ICT Special Adviser
Administrator (GPHCDA) Desmond Akawor
Commissioner of Agriculture Dr Fred Kpakol
Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning Charles Gogo
Commissioner of Commerce and Industry Bright Jacob
Commissioner of Culture And Tourism Tonye Briggs-Oniyide
Commissioner of Education Kaniye Ebeku
Commissioner of Energy and Natural resources Shedrack Chukwu
Commissioner of Environment Roseline Konya
Commissioner of Finance Fred Kpakol
Commissioner of Health Odagme Theophilus
Commissioner of Housing Emmanuel Okah
Commissioner of Information and Communications Austin Tam George
Commissioner of Justice Emmanuel C. Aguma
Commissioner of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs John Bazia
Commissioner of Land and Survey Hanny Woko
Commissioner of Local Government Affairs Rodaford Long-John
Commissioner of Power Mike Anwuri
Commissioner of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Herbert D. Miller
Commissioner of Special Duties Monday Onyezonwu
Commissioner of Sports Boma Iyaye
Commissioner of Transport Akie Dagogo Fubara
Commissioner of Urban Development Chinyere Igwe
Commissioner of Water Resources and Rural development Walter Ibibia
Commissioner of Women Affairs Ukel Oyaghiri
Commissioner of Works Harrison B. Iheanyichukwu
Commissioner of Youth Development Princewill Ogbobula


Ministry Notes Website
Agriculture Regulates and formulates agricultural sector-related policies
Budget and Economic Planning Concerned with economic priorities and programmes of the government
Chieftaincy and Community Affairs Handles chieftaincy and community-related affairs
Commerce and Industry Deals with commerce, industry and cooperative matters
Culture and Tourism Develops and implements policies on culture and tourism
Education Directs education in Rivers State
Employment Generation and Empowerment Employment provision and empowerment
Energy and Natural Resources Monitors, controls and regulates energy and natural resources-related activities
Environment Oversees the environment in Rivers State
Finance Manages, controls and monitors state revenues and expenditures
Health Facilitates the provision of health services
Information and Communications Regulates broadcasting and print media
Justice Administers justice. Headed by the Commissioner of Justice
Lands and Survey
Local Government Affairs Charged with local government and local administration
Power Charged with electrical energy and power
Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Implements programmes and provides social, rehabilitative services
Special Duties Manages disasters and emergencies
Transport Responsible for transport infrastructure
Urban Development Reviews and prepares physical development, urban renewal and transportation plans
Water Resources and Rural Development Reviews and prepares physical development, urban renewal and transportation plans
Women Affairs Encourages the development of women
Works Responsible for socio-economic infrastructure
Youth Development Promotes youth empowerment and development

Agencies and ParastatalsEdit

Agencies and parastatals, typically reporting to a ministry, include:[5]


The Rivers State House of Assembly is the unicameral legislative body of the state government. It was established in 1979 by part II, section 84 of the Constitution of Nigeria, which states "There shall be a House of Assembly for each of the States of the Federation". Led by a Speaker, the House of Assembly consists of 32 members, each elected to four-year terms in single-member constituencies by plurality. Its primary responsibility is to create laws for the peace, order and effective government of the state.


There are numerous powers the Constitution expressly and specifically granted to the House of Assembly as they are necessary for its relevance. These include the powers to approve budget estimates presented to it by the executive; to make laws establishing the chargeable rates and the procedure to be used in assessing and collecting the rates charged by each local government council; confirm gubernatorial appointments, oversee and monitor activities of government agencies, review policy implementation strategies of the executive, summon before it and question a commissioner about the conduct of his or her ministry especially when the affairs of that ministry are under consideration and to initiate impeachment proceeding in order to secure the removal of the governor or the deputy.

Current RepresentativesEdit

The legislature consists of elected representatives from each constituency. As of June 12, 2015 they were:[6]

Constituency Representative
Abua–Odual Marshal Stanley-Uwom
Ahoada East I Martyns Mannah
Ahoada East II Ehie Edison
Ahoada West Okpokiri Nwanaka
Akuku-Toru I Major Jack
Akuku-Toru II Tonye Alalibo
Andoni Ikuinyi Owaji Ibani
Asari-Toru I Enemi George
Asari-Toru II Granville Wellington
Bonny Abinye Pepple
Degema Dagogo Farah
Eleme Josiah Olu
Emohua Ogeh Samuel
Etche I Opurum Nwuzoma
Etche II Tony Ejiogu
Gokana Israel Ngbuelo Lebura
Ikwerre Azubuike Wanjoku
Khana I Deeyah Bariene
Khana II Dinebari Loolo
Obio-Akpor I Martins Amaewhule
Obio-Akpor II Michael Okechukwu Chinda
Ogba–Egbema–Ndoni I Christian Ahiakwo
Ogba–Egbema–Ndoni II Uwaji Nathaniel
Ogu–Bolo Evans Bapakaye Bipi
Okrika Adams Dabotorudima
Omuma Kelechi Godspower Nwogu
Opobo–Nkoro Diri Kelly Adonye
Oyigbo Chisom Promise Dike
Port Harcourt I Ogbonda Jones Nwene
Port Harcourt II Adoki Tonye Smart
Port Harcourt III Victor Ihunwo Nyeche
Tai Ngbar Sylvester Amuele
Clerk of the House Mr. Alex E. Nwala


The administration of justice in Rivers State is one of the fundamental duties of the judiciary of the state. This branch of government explains and applies the laws by hearing and eventually making decisions on various legal cases. It has a regulatory or supervisory body known as the Judicial Service Commission, which takes care of appointment, promotion and disciplinary issues of the judiciary.

The Chief Judge of Rivers State is the appointed head of the judicial branch. The chief judge is also the most senior judge and presiding member of the High Court of Justice. Among other responsibilities, the chief judge has the ceremonial duty of administering the oath of office of the Governor of Rivers State. In modern tradition, the chief judge retires voluntarily at sixty years of age, or statutorily at sixty five.[7]

Most appointments to the judiciary are made by the governor, but acting upon the recommendation of the National Judicial Council. At present, there are about 10 judicial divisions within the High Court of Justice, and about 26 judges carrying out their professional work.[8]

Elections and votingEdit

Local governmentEdit

Local government areas handle local administration, under an elected Chairman.

Rivers State is divided into twenty-three local government areas (LGAs):

LGA Name Area (km2) Census 2006
Administrative capital Postal
Port Harcourt 109 541,115 Port Harcourt 500
Obio-Akpor 260 464,789 Rumuodomanya 500
Okrika 222 222,026 Okrika 500
Ogu–Bolo 89 74,683 Ogu 500
Eleme 138 190,884 Ogale, Nchia 501
Tai 159 117,797 Sakpenwa 501
Gokana 126 228,828 Kpor 501
Khana 560 294,217 Bori 502
Oyigbo 248 122,687 Afam 502
Opobo–Nkoro 130 151,511 Opobo Town 503
Andoni 233 211,009 Ngo 503
Bonny 642 215,358 Bonny 503
Degema 1,011 249,773 Degema 504
Asari-Toru 113 220,100 Buguma 504
Akuku-Toru 1,443 156,006 Abonnema 504
Abua–Odual 704 282,988 Abua 510
Ahoada West 403 249,425 Akinima 510
Ahoada East 341 166,747 Ahoada 510
Ogba–Egbema–Ndoni 969 284,010 Omuku 510
Emohua 831 201,901 Emohua 511
Ikwerre 655 189,726 Isiokpo 511
Etche 805 249,454 Okehi 512
Omuma 170 100,366 Eberi 512

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "State Executive". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ "The names, salaries, titles and dates of employment Pay and Allowances of Political Office Holders". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "What Ipalibo Banigo Should Do". The Tide. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Executive Council". Rivers State Government. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  5. ^ "Parastatals". Government of Rivers State. Archived from the original on 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  6. ^ "Constituencies". Rovers State House of Assembly. Retrieved 2010-09-20.
  7. ^ "Periscoping 2013 Legal Year". The Tide. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Judiciary History". Rivers State Judiciary. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.