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.
State Liason Office:
78, Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District, Abuja