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(1997 FOS est.)
Isekiri, Izon, and Urhobo
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.
State which used to be a part Bendel State was created on
August 27, 1991 along with eight others by the Federal Military
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
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
DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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. .
The Major ethnic
groups are Urhobo, Igbo, Ezon, Isoko and Itsekiri.
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
Delta State Govt. Website
on The Web:
235/237, Moshood Abiola Road, PMB 12683 Ijora, Lagos. Polt
45 Asokoro District Abuja