Delta State, Nigeria

Capital: Asaba
Area:  17,011 sq kilometres
polation: 3,062,676 (1997 FOS est.)
Languages: Igbo, Igala, Isekiri, Izon, and Urhobo
Governor: Emmanuel Uduaghan (PDP)
ISO 3166-2: NG-DE
Date Created: 27 August 1991
Population Rank: Ranked 16th


Delta State is a state in Nigeria, named for the delta of the river Niger. It was carved out of the former Bendel State in 1991. The state has 25 local government areas. The capital city is Asaba. Warri is the biggest commercial city in the state. Other major towns are Agbor, Ughelli, Oghara, Sapele and Ogwashi-uku.

Delta State shares common boundaries with Edo, Ondo , Imo, Anambra and Bayelsa States. In the south west and south it has approximately 122 kilometres of coastline bounded by the Bight of Benin on the Atlantic ocean.


Delta State which used to be a part Bendel State was created on August 27, 1991 along with eight others by the Federal Military Government.


The Major ethnic groups are Urhobo, Igbo, Ezon, Isoko and Itsekiri.

Local Government Areas

The State comprises 25 local government areas namely: Oshimili, Aniocha, Aniocha South, Ika South, Ika North-East, Ndokwa West, Ndokwa East, Isoko south, Isoko North, Bomadi, Burutu, Ughelli South, Ughelli North, Ethiope West, Ethiope East, Sapele, Okpe, Warri North, Warri South, Uvwie, Udu, Warri Central, Ukwani, Oshimili North and Patani.



Business Opportunities

The state government has invested adequately in fisheries due to the natural resources which Delta State is blessed with. Fresh fish, crabs, shrimps and dried fish abound in almost all the local governments.

Delta State supplies about 35% of Nigeria's crude oil and some considerable amount of natural gas. There are several industries in the state participating primarily in the processing of raw materials such as rubber and timber, such as the African Timber and Plywood (AT&P) in Sapele, Asaba Textile Mill, Ughelli Glass Factory, Delta Boatyard, and the Delta Steel Company, Ovwian


The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage. Various kinds of festivals are held in the state. For example the Agbasa Festival celebrated by the Urhobo. Being a new state, there is a good prospect in industrial and education sectors. There are standard hotels in the state such as the Palm Royal Hotel in Warri and the River Motel, Abraka. .

Useful Resources
Delta State Govt. Website
Itsekiri Survival Movement

Schools on The Web:


State Liason Office:
235/237, Moshood Abiola Road, PMB 12683 Ijora, Lagos. Polt 45 Asokoro District Abuja