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Encyclopedia > Port Harcourt
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Nickname: "Garden City"
Map of Nigeria showing the location of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
Map of Nigeria showing the location of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
Province Rivers State
 - Mayor Azubuike Nmerukini
Area  
 - City 186 km²  (71.8 sq mi)
 - Land 170 km² (65.6 sq mi)
 - Water 16 km² (6.2 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 - City 1,113,400 (2,004)
  estimated
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+1)

Port Harcourt is the capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria. It lies along the Bonny River and is located in the Niger Delta.[1] Its mayor is Azubuike Nmerukini.[2] // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Robin, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all nicknames for Robert). ... Image File history File links Locator_Map_Port_Harcourt-Nigeria. ... Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Time zones of Europe: Light colours indicate countries not observing summer time Central European Time (CET) is one of the names of the time zone that is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Central European Time West Africa Time British Summer Time* Irish Summer Time* Western European Summer Time* Category: ...  Areas that have DST  Areas that once had DST  Areas that never had DST For a list of various nations usage of DST, see Daylight saving time around the world. ... Time zones of Europe: Pale colours indicate countries without daylight saving Central European Summer Time (CEST) is one of the names of UTC+2 time zone, 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Central European Time West Africa Time British Summer Time* Irish Summer Time* Western European Summer Time* Category: ... In politics, a capital (also called capital city or political capital — although the latter phrase has a second meaning based on an alternative sense of capital) is the principal city or town associated with a countrys government. ... Rivers State is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. ... Bonny River is a river in Rivers State, Nigeria. ... The Niger Delta, the delta of the Niger River in Nigeria, is a densely populated region sometimes called the Oil Rivers because it was once a major producer of palm oil. ...


History

Port Harcourt was founded in 1912 by the British in an area traditionally inhabited by the Ijaw; it was named after Lewis, Viscount Harcourt, Secretary of State for the Colonies.[3] The initial purpose of the port was to export coal from Enugu. The population was estimated to be 1,113,400 as of 2004.[3] The Ijaw (also known by the subgroups Ijo or Izon) are a collection of peoples indigenous mostly to the forest regions of the Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States within the Niger Delta in Nigeria. ... Lewis Vernon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt (31 January 1863 - 24 February 1922) was a British politician who held the Cabinet office of Secretary of State for the Colonies during 1910-1915. ... The Secretary of State for the Colonies or Colonial Secretary was the British Cabinet official in charge of managing the various British colonies. ... Coal Coal (IPA: ) is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... Location of Enugu in Nigeria Enugu is the capital city of Enugu State, Nigeria. ...


Layout

Port Harcourt City Center
Port Harcourt City Center

The city is sprawling in nature as building codes and zoning regulations are poorly enforced. Land is cleared and 'lean to' buildings constructed sometimes overnight. This adds to flooding and sanitation problems since with no proper drainage or sewer system, parts of the city flood during the very heavy monsoon-type rains that fall for half the year.[4] Some of its more popular and well-known residential areas are G.R.A phases 1-5, Abuloma, Amadi-ama, Amadi Flats, Borokiri, Rumodara, Presidential Housing Estate, Rumibekwe Housing Estate, and Elekoia Estate. The main industrial area is located in Trans Amadi. The city's metropolitan area makes up greater Port Harcourt, which consists of Port Harcourt City, Obio/Akpor, Eleme, and Oyigbo.[citation needed] There are two universities within the city, one of which is the University of Port Harcourt.[5] The other is the Rivers State University of Science & Technology. Image File history File links PortHacourt1. ... Image File history File links PortHacourt1. ... The Eleme are one of the various groups of indigenous peoples that inhabit the Niger Delta region of southeast Nigeria. ...


Port Harcourt also boasts of wide roads and some overhead bridges to ease traffic in the city. These roads and bridges are very poorly maintained, however, and actually add to traffic congestion rather than ease it.[citation needed] Another problem is caused by the installation of traffic lights with no stable electricity supply to power them.


The city is a major industrial center as it has a large number of multinational firms as well as other industrial concerns, particularly business related to the petroleum industry. It is the chief oil-refining city in Nigeria, oil being one of Nigeria's most important commodities and the main foreign exchange earner. The word multinational can refer to: A Multinational corporation A Multinational State This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Ignacy Łukasiewicz - inventor of the refining of kerosene from crude oil. ...


References

  1. ^ Port Harcourt. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved on 2007-01-31.
  2. ^ House of Reps Speaker jets into Port Harcourt... Heads for Govt. House. thephctelegraph.com. Port Harcourt Telegraph. Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
  3. ^ a b Welcome to Port Harcourt. AfricanCities.net. White Pages Limited. Retrieved on 2007-01-31.
  4. ^ RSG moves to check flooding in PH. www.thetidenews.com. The Tide (Port Harcourt), Thursday, May 18, 2006. Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
  5. ^ University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Retrieved on 2007-01-31.

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Nigeria has deployed extra troops to the southeastern city of Port Harcourt to clamp down on escalating gang warfare in the country's most important oil centre, military officials said on Friday.
Port Harcourt is now awash with illegally held weapons and there are fears the city may go the way of the oil town of Warri further west of Niger Delta.
“Perhaps bearing the importance of Port Harcourt in mind the government is rushing in troops in hopes of halting further deterioration of the security situation,” Akinbo said.
Port Harcourt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (384 words)
Port Harcourt was founded by the British in 1912 on land originally inhabited by the Ikwerre and Ijaw people.
The initial purpose of the port was to export coal that arrived in large quantities from the mining town of Enugu to the north via the Bonny River along which the port sits.
Port Harcourt is also one of the centres for strong Pentecostal Christian growth in the region and is host to several large churches such as Royal House of Grace International Church and Abundant Life Evangel Mission headed by apostle Zilly Aggrey and apostle Eugene Ogu respectively.
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