Delta State, Nigeria
|polation:||6,710,214 (2005 est.)|
|Languages:||Igbo, Igala, Isekiri, Izon, and Urhobo|
|Governor:||Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP)|
|Date Created:||27 August 1991|
|Population Rank:||Ranked 9th|
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 was carved out of the former Bendel State on August 27th 1991 . The state was created following agitations for the creation of separate distinct states by the Urhobos and Anioma regions. The then Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) created the state.
Delta state was once integrated in the Mid Western state from 1963 to 1976 and later Bendel state, from 1976 to 1991. The name "Bendel" (Ben-Del) meant Benin-Delta to reflect the integration of Benin and Delta provinces.
Delta is an oil producing state of Nigeria situated in the region known as the Niger Delta
Delta State is ethnically diverse with peoples and numerous languages spoken in the state. The Delta North comprises the Asaba (Delta Ibo), Aniocha, Ika, Ukwuani and Ndoisimili regions, the Delta Central and Delta South is made up of Urhobo, Ijaw, Isoko, and Itsekiri.
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 and Patani.
Higher Institutions in Delta State:
Federal University of Petroleum Resource, Effurun
Delta State University (Abraka Campus,Oleh Campus,Asaba Campus)
Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku.
Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe Oghara.
Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro.
College of Education(Agbor Campus, Warri Campus)
Federal College of Education Technical, Asaba
College of Physical Education, Mosogar
College of Health Technology, Ughelli
Petroleum Training Institution, Effurun
Western Delta University, Oghara
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
Delta State has scores of attractions that are simply compelling. Fascinating palaces, historic sites, monuments, birthplaces of famous people, traditional festival, crafts centres- examples are: Nana's Palace in Koko, Asaba beach, Abraka river resort motel, River ethiope source, Ishe festivals in Ewulu, Araya bible site, Ogbeke Square in Asaba, Okpuzu Fall in Ibusa etc.
Delta State has some historical, cultural and socio-political tourist centers that attract visitors from around the globe. Some of these sites of tourism include:
The Nana's Palace built by Chief Nana Olomu of Ebrohim. He was a powerful 19th century indigenous entrepreneur who traded with the British. The relationship eventually turned sour. Later, he surrendered (not without putting up a fight) and was exiled to Ghana. His personal effects are housed in this grand palace.
The River Ethiope which is reputed to be the deepest inland waterway in Africa (at 176 km). Its source is at the foot of a giant silk-cotton tree at Umuaja in Ukwuani Local Government Area of the state and flows through seven Local Government Areas in the State. It is a place of worship for Olokun traditional religion and also a common site for faithfuls of the Igbe Religious Movement.
The Araya Bible Site which houses a copy of the Holy Bible. It is believed that the bible descended to this spot miraculously from heaven around August, 1914. The bible dropped on rain-soaked yam and it didn't get wet. The site now attracts thousands of Christians yearly.
Demas Nwoko Edifice which was built using traditional materials, designs and construction techniques of the Igbo civilization and the Benin Empire by Demas Nwoko, an architect, builder and artist of international repute from Idumuje-Ugboko, in Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State.
The Mungo Park House which is now the site of the National Museum, Asaba. The house was constructed by the Royal Niger Company (RNC) in 1886 and was used as a colonial administrative headquarters, a military house, the colonial administrative divisional headquarters, the RNC Constabulary building, and the seat of the Urban District Council at different times.
The Niger Bridge which connects Delta State (by extension, western Nigeria) to the Eastern part of Nigeria. It is a beauty to behold. It was completed in 1965 and cost £5 million. It was damaged during the civil war, but later repaired.
Lander Brothers Anchorage, Asaba which was built in memory of early British explorers. The complex has a museum, a graveyard, and many artworks and writings. It houses a replica of one of the boats that was used by the brothers.
Falcorp Mangrove Park
Warri Kingdom Royal Cemetery which is 512 years old and serves as the resting place of past rulers of Warri kingdom. A tree is planted on each grave.
State Liason Office:
78, Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District, Abuja
Liaison office in Lagos:
Plot 1221 B, Ahmodu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos State, Nigeria