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RCE Port Harcourt Profile

Short Description of RCE and Geographic region:

The RCE covers the about 2,500 hectares Greater Port Harcourt City (GPHC), which comprise eight (Eleme; Emohua; Etche; Ikwerre; Obio/Akpor; Okrika; Oyigbo; Port Harcourt City) local government areas out of the 23 in Rivers State.

The GPHC is a long term project implemented by the Rivers State Government of Nigeria for addressing infrastructural decay occasioned by population increase. Port Harcourt City, the Capital of Rivers State, is located in the south-south geopolitical zone of Nigeria also referred to as the Niger Delta region and is about 830 km from Abuja (the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria).

The City hosts four higher educational institutions namely: University of Port Harcourt; Rivers State University; Rivers State College of Arts and Science, and Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.

Other facilities sited there are: an international airport, two seaports, a Games Village, two Integrated Cultural Centres, three multipurpose stadia, several indigenous and international oil and gas companies, and the 1,000-bed Justice Karibi-Whyte Specialist Hospital including the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.


Generally, the RCE was established to address three key sustainable development challenges namely:

1. Pollution Control and Environmental Remediation – through technical and socio-political approach;
2. Climate Change Resilience and Poverty Reduction – through support for petrochemicals, agro-based, eco-tourism industries, etc, and
3. Human Capital Development – through formal, non-formal and informal education.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE RCE:

(i) Vision
To be a Regional Centre of Expertise facilitating research for development collaborations and promoting Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship towards increased environmental consciousness, ecosystem integrity, economic viability, and social capital in Greater Port Harcourt City.

(ii) Goal
Creating safe, healthy and viable urban, peri-urban and rural ecosystems through evidence-based process for improved wellness and climate-smart livelihoods in Greater Port Harcourt City, Rivers State, Nigeria.

(iii) Long Term Objectives
● To support bioremediation of polluted soils and restore degraded lands in Greater Port Harcourt City area and Niger Delta region.
● To advocate inclusion of sustainable development contents in the curricula of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
● To develop mitigation strategies for climate-induced risks, hazards and natural disasters.
● To disseminate positive results from projects.

(iv) Short Term Objectives
● To engage persons living in Greater Port Harcourt City on biodiversity protection and conservation.
● To empower stakeholders from impacted communities of Greater Port Harcourt City on existing environmental regulations and control standards for increased sustainable development capacity.
● To raise agricultural entrepreneurs among small and medium size enterprises in Greater Port Harcourt City for sustainable livelihood and poverty reduction.
● To support campaigns for reintegrating school drop-outs and minimize it among the girl child.
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KEY PARTNERS OF RCE PORT HARCOURT AND THEIR ROLES

1) Name of organisation: Science Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Role: Science education for sustainable development
Contact name: Professor Onyewuchi Akaranta
Contact email: onyewuchi.akaranta@uniport.edu.ng; o.akaranta@rceportharcourt.org

2) Name of organisation: Institute of Agricultural Research and Development (IARD), University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Role: Agricultural education for sustainable development
Contact name: Professor Ibisime Etela
Contact email: ibisime.etela@uniport.edu.ng; i.etela@rceportharcourt.org

3) Name of organisation: Community Inter-Relations and Conciliation Initiative (CIRCI), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Role: Team building/environmental consciousness for sustainable development
Contact name: Sir Anthony W. Lawrence
Contact email: tonylawrence942@gmail.com; tonylawrence1959@yahoo.com

4) Name of organisation: Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Role: Environmental consciousness/project management and administration
Contact name: Dr. Nenibarini Zabbey
Contact email: zabbeyn@yahoo.com; zabbey@cehrd.com

5) Name of organisation: Foundation for Agric and Social Transformation (FAST), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Role: Agribusiness and entrepreneurial skills education and community participation for innovation and sustainable development
Contact name: Dr. Julius N. Ingweye
Contact email: jiningweye@gmail.com; info@fastng.org

6) Name of organisation: Trans-Border Missionaries Interface Initiative (TMII), Rumuobiakani, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Role: Community engagement and environmental management for sustainable development
Contact name: Dr. Emmanuel O. Emmanuel
Contact email: tmnigeria@yahoo.com

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

  • Activity 1: Promoting organic goat farming among smallholder farmers in four Greater Port Harcourt local government areas
  • Activity 2: Ecosystems restoration using short cycle plants on bioremediated lands
  • Activity 3: Comparative evaluation of anthropogenic effects of industrialisation, urbanisation and agricultural activities in the urban and peri-urban areas of Port Harcourt
  • Activity 4: Promoting indigenouss knowledge for sustainable green science education

RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Sensitised 60 smallholder goat farmers on organic goat farming
  • Presented 2 conference papers on the benefits of organic goat farming on the environment and livelihoods of farmers
  • Published 3 papers on the extent of metals concentration in industrial, urban and agricultural settings in parts of Greater Port Harcourt Synthesised 3 prototype green anti-corrosion chemicals using, locally, available materials 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES

  • Activity 1: Promoting organic goat farming among smallholder farmers in four Greater Port Harcourt local government areas
  • Activity 2: Ecosystems restoration using short cycle plants on bioremediated lands
  • Activity 3: Comparative evaluation of anthropogenic effects of industrialisation, urbanisation and agricultural activities in the urban and peri-urban areas of Port Harcourt
  • Activity 4: Promoting indigenouss knowledge for sustainable green science education

Contact Details

Main RCE Contact (name & email): Professor Onyewuchi Akaranta
onyewuchi.akaranta@uniport.edu.ng; o.akaranta@rceportharcourt.org

Secondary RCE Contact (name & email): ibisime.etela@uniport.edu.ng; i.etela@rceportharcourt.org 

RCE Youth Coordinator/s (name & email): Chinonso Erondu
nollyenterprise@gmail.com 

General RCE email: rceportharcourt@gmail.com;
info@rceportharcourt.org 

RCE mailing address for correspondence: RCE Port Harcourt
Science Institute Building UniPark, University of Port Harcourt, Choba PMB 5323, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

RCE website:  www.rceportharcourt.org

Social Media
Facebook page: RCE Port Harcourt
Twitter page: @RCEPortHarcourt
YouTube page: rce portharcourt
Skype rce.portharcourt

 

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