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Port Harcourt is the city of , . It lies along the and is located in the . The population of Port Harcourt is estimated at 1,620,214 (2007), the Port Harcourt Urban area is 2.7 million while the Greater Port Harcourt Area is almost 5.7 million in population.
Port Harcourt was founded in 1912 by the in an area traditionally inhabited by the , an subgroup It was named after , . The initial purpose of the port was to export the which geologist had discovered in . In August 1913, the , Sir wrote to Harcourt, then Secretary of State for the Colonies, "in the absence of any convenient local name, I would respectfully ask your permission to call this Port Harcourt." To this the Secretary of State replied "It gives me pleasure to accede to your suggestion that my name should be associated with the new port."
The main city of Port Harcourt is the Port Harcourt town in the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, consisting of the former European quarters now called old Government reservation area (GRA) and New layout areas. The Port Harcourt Urban Area (Port Harcourt metropolis) is made up of the city itself and parts of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.. Port Harcourt City, which the capital of Rivers State, is highly congested as it is the only major city of the state. A law has recently passed by the state house and governor Amaechi's administration to spread develop to the surrounding communities as part of the effort to decongest Port Harcourt. The greater Port Harcourt City, as it is officially known, spans eight local government areas that include Port Harcourt, Okrika, Obio/Akpor, Ikwerre, Oyigbo and Ogu/Bolo. Also, other ethnicities includes Tai, and Eleme.
Some of Port Harcourt's more popular and well-
The city plays host to the ; there is also a , which is Located in Obio/Akpor which was carved out of Port Harcourt Local Government Area for ease of administration.
The of is an icon of the city. An eighteen storey building, it has the tallest building in the and Geopolitical zones combined. The city has an international airport, , two seaports (, ), two stadiums ( which is actually the civic center] and located in Rumuomasi and two refineries.
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-
Port Harcourt features a with lengthy and heavy and very short . In fact, only the months of December and January truly qualifies as dry season months in the city. The , which climatically influences many cities in , is less pronounced in the city. Port Harcourt’s heaviest precipitation is seen during the month of September where on average approximately 370 mm of rain is seen. December on average is the driest month of the year, where on average only 20 mm of rain is seen during the course of the month. Temperatures throughout the year in the city are relatively constant, showing little variation throughout the course of the year. Average temperatures are typically between 25ºC – 28ºC in the city.
The city is a major industrial center as it has a large number of firms
as well as other industrial concerns, particularly business related to the
industry. It is the chief oil-
In early 2009 the State Government under the leadership of Governor Chibuike Amaechi
announced plans for the creation of a new city to be called the Greater Port-