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Welcome to RCE Port Harcourt

Education for Sustainable Development

Name of RCE: RCE Port Harcourt
Region: Africa and Middle East
Country: Nigeria
Date of RCE Acknowledgement: Wednesday, 24th June 2015

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).

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Goals and Objectives of RCE Port Harcourt

(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.

Organisation hosting RCE Secretariat:

Name of organisation:  University of Port Harcourt
Type of organisation:  Public Institution


1. Science Institute, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
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. Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
3. Community Inter-Relations and Conciliation Initiative (CIRCI), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
4. Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), Eleme, Rivers State, Nigeria
5. Trans-Border Missionaries Interface Initiative (TMII), Rumuobiakani, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
6. Foundation for Agric and Social Transformation (FAST), Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria


  • 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
Generally, the RCE Port Harcourt shall engage partners from all works of life through collaboration, networking and partnerships, as well as initiate and advocate appropriate environmental education and research for development.

Target group/Network:

  • Educational institutions (primary; secondary; tertiary; non-formal/informal)
  • Oil and gas industry players;
  • Community interface NGOs;
  • Environmental consciousness and rights-based NGOs, and
  • Farmers groups and agri-based NGOs 
  • 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 
Activity 1: Poverty reduction and human capital development
 -  Activity 1.1: Economic empowerment (capacity building/skills transfer)
 - Activity 1.2: Waste-to-wealth

Activity 2: Ecosystem conservation and restoration for sustainable development
 - Activity 2.1:  Bioremediation of degraded environment due to mineral exploration & exploitation (solid & liquid minerals)
 - Greening environment for mitigating climate change

Activity 3: Green science education - science on wheels flagship project
Activity 3.1:  Capacity building for science teachers (train-the-trainers)
 - Activity 3.2:  Encourage science teaching & learning at primary & secondary schools
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

General RCE email: rceportharcourt@gmail.com;

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

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