OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE

Our History

The Rivers State Foundation, Inc. (RSF, Inc.) was founded in 2010 at the Houston Convention coordinated by a Court-appointed Care Taker Committee established to resuscitate its predecessor, the Rivers State Foundation. Its predecessor was established in 1991 as an umbrella organization for Rivers State indigenes now residing in the Americas. Initially called the “National Association of Rivers State People”, the name was changed to The Rivers State Foundation at the association’s Chicago Conference of 1992. Since its formation in 1991, the Foundation has organized itself around regional chapters.

At its peak the Foundation had representatives and chapters in all regions of the United States. Its membership base consisted of highly respected professionals from diverse academic and vocational backgrounds – medicine, engineering, banking, state and federal government employees, education, accounting, entrepreneurships, to name a few. Fourteen years after the formation of the Foundation, conflict within the Board of Directors led to its dissolution

Our Mission

Our mission is the advancement of education, economic development, cultural and environmental issues in the Oil Delta Region of Nigeria. This Region is the richest oil and gas producing area in Sub-Sahara Africa.

It encompasses 23 oil-producing Local Government Areas; namely: Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Akuku-Toru, Andoni, Asari-Toru, Bonny, Degema, Eleme, Emohua, Etche, Gokana, Ikwerre, Khana, Obio/Akpor, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Ogu/Bolo, Okrika, Omuma, Opobo/Nkoro, Oyigbo, Port Harcourt, and Tai.

Our Objectives

The purpose and objectives of the Foundation are:

  • To focus on environmental degradation, public health and economic development of the State.
  • To promote peace and stability in the region.
  • To promote international understanding between the peoples of the United States of America and the Oil Delta Region of Nigeria on matters of social-cultural significance to both entities.
  • To create a forum for the exchange of professional ideas and mobilization of resources among Rivers State Indigenes of the United States, and
  • To assist in the creation of a forum for responsible advocacy of the problems of the Rivers People.