Port Harcourt City is the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria.
It lies along the Bonny River in the Niger Delta region. It is referred to as the Garden City because of its numerous avenues and ornaments and is called 'PH' by local residents. Port Harcourt was founded by Governor-General Lord Lugard in 1912 but named after the then British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Sir Lewis Viscount Harcourt in August 1913.
With a population of about 2.7 million, it is the hub of the Oil and Gas Industry in the country, housing almost all the major Oil Companies in Nigeria. It is the 5th largest city in Nigeia, attracting people from all over the country because of its bubbling economy which apart from oil and gas, also includes manufacturing of rubber-based products, food processing, paints and metal work, and agro-based businesses such as fishing, farming, logging and timber processing.
Port Harcourt is home to an international airport and there are two daily international flights - AirFrance and Lufthansa. In addition, there are many daily flights from Port Harcourt to Lagos and Abuja. There are three Universities in the city - University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University of Science and technology, and Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.
Port Harcourt is home to many governmental organizations such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Port Harcourt Refinery, Eleme Petrochemical Industry and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) etc. It has a very busy Seaport and Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone and not too far from Port Harcourt is the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Company in Bonny.
Port Harcourt is also home to many international 5-star hotels including Hotel Presidential (venue of the conference) and Le'meridien-Ogeyi place smong others.
For lovers of seafood, your visit to Port Harcourt cannot be complete until you have visited the bustling Creek Road market where you can buy all kinds of seafood including fresh and dried fish, prawns and periwinkle (locally known as 'isam' oor 'ngolo'). These are delicacies in the state. You must also try our 'native soup' eaten with a choice of 'fufu', garri, wheat and so on. There is also 'onunu' (pounded yam and ripe plantain) for those who dare venture to the Riverine Communities. For your nightlife, do not forget to seek out the popular Hotel District with its hub on Abacha Road, GRA Phase III.
Welcome to Port Harcourt, "The Garden City".