New city revolution in Nigeria's Port Harcourt


The Greater Port Harcourt project is viewed as one of the strongest pillars of development of the Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi’s ‘Rivers of Possibilities’ plans. This project aims to transform Port Harcourt into a world class city.

“Eventually the new city is trying to take control of the expansion of the city of Port Harcourt, so what we are trying to do now is to structure how the city will be going forward,” Dame Aleruchi Cookey-Gam, administrator of the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, told CNBC Africa. 

“The old city and the new city will be an integral one,so that’s what we doing.”


The Urban Development Framework (UDF) is a strategic planning report which provides a critical framework for the future development of Greater Port Harcourt, leading it away from the chaotic status quo into a bustling world-class city of the 21st century. 

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“It’s going to be different because it’s going to have all the infrastructure you require,”Cookey-Gam explained, adding that there would also be provision for regular power supply by the government.

Different power generation mediums are also in place to make sure the growing need for electricity supply is met.

“Right now the government has invested in generation of power. We have the 180 megawatt power [project] that has just be completed, and we have the second 180 megawatt power that is in progress,” Cookey-Gam explained.

“We are going to get our power from the Afam power station and also from Omoku and Trans Amadi. We have the sub-station at Rumosi, which is to provide power to us in the new city area, so also we dealing with the power that is generated in the ministry of power.”

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The city is expected to provide various other opporunities, all while allowing urban growth through strategic planning.

“We have several open areas we are going to maintain in the present state and then within we have an open green field area. We are going to make sure that the environment is green and its maintained as such,” said Cookey-Gam.

“There are several investment opportunity, quite apart from real estate development. We also have lands that are available for commercial development, for packaging industries, retail and car parks.”