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Delta State
State nickname: The Big Heart
Emmanuel Uduaghan (PDP)
Date Created 27 August 1991
Capital Asabamarker
Area 17,698 kmĀ²
Ranked 23rd
1991 Census
2005 estimate

Ranked 9th

 -Per Capita

2007 (estimate)
$16.75 billion

ISO 3166-2 NG-DE
Delta State is a state in Nigeriamarker, typically comprising of the mainly Igbo (Anioma people), Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw, Itsekiri. The whole ethnic-groups that comprise the Delta are administratively grouped into three senatorial districts namely Delta North, Delta South and Delta Central for easy administrative purposes.

Delta is an oil producing state of Nigeria situated in the region known as the Niger Delta, South-South Geo-political zone with a population of 4098291 (Males: 2674306 Females: 2024085 (see Federal Republic of Nigeria, Official gazette, No. 24, vol. 94, 2007.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former Federal Minister of Finance and world Bank Managing Director is from this state, while the State's Governor is Emmanuel Uduaghan, a member of the People's Democratic Party. The capital city is Asabamarker located at the northern end of the state with an estimated area of 762 sq. km while Warrimarker is economic nerve of the state and also the most populated. The state has a total land area of 16,842 sq. km.


The state borders Edo Statemarker, Ondo Statemarker , Imo State,Rivers Statemarker, Anambra Statemarker and Bayelsa Statemarker. In the south west and south it has approximately 122 kilometres of coastline bounded by the Bight of Beninmarker on the Atlantic ocean.


Delta State was carved out of the former Bendel State in 1991 The state was created following agitations for the creation of separate distinct states by the Niger Delta and Anioma regions. The then Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) created the state using the name "Delta" advanced by Niger Delta region as "Asaba" another name advanced by the people of Anioma for the capital of the proposed "Anioma 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 State is ethnically diverse with peoples and numerous languages spoken in the state. However the various ethnic-groups that make up the state have not experienced any tensions amongst themselves in recent times. These groups are known to inter-marry. The majority of the inhabitants of the state are practising Christians and traditional adherents.

Local Government Areas

Delta State is made up of twenty-five Local Government Areas. They are as follows:

Mineral, Natural Resources & Investment Opportunity

There are various solid mineral deposits within state - industrial clay, silica, lignite, kaolin,tar sand, decorative rocks, etc. These are raw materials for industries such as brick making, ceramics, bottle manufacturing, glass manufacturing, chemical/insulators production, chalk manufacturing and sanitary wares, decorative stone cutting and quarrying.

There are other abundant natural resources which offer investment opportunities to investors such as oil and gas exploration, oil palm, rubber, maize, cassava, variety of fruits, forestry and marine resources. Therefore, there is opportunity for palm oil processing, wood processing to various wood products for both local and export markets; rubber processing for latex, fruit juice processing; deep-sea fishing and aquaculture, cassava processing for starch ethanol and alcohol. There is also opportunity for investments in poultry, piggery, etc.

Higher Educational Institutions

  • Federal University of Petroleum Resource Effurun
  • Delta State University (Abraka Campus,Oleh Campus,Anwai Campus)
  • Delta state Polytechnic(Otefe-Oghara Campus,Ozoro Campus,Ogwashi-Uku Campus)
  • College of Education(Agbor Campus,Warri Campus)
  • Federal College of Education Technical Asaba
  • College of Physical Education, Mosogar
  • Petroleum Training Institution,Effurun
  • Western Delta University,Oghara
  • Novena University,Ogume


Delta State is known to have produced several sportsmen and women of great stature, many of whom have captained the national football teams of the nation at different times notably Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, Sunday Olise, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Nduka Ugbade, Peter Nnalue etc. Team Delta are the current winners of the National Sports Festival tagged "KADA 2009" held in Kaduna State, Nigeria with 108 Gold and a number of Silver and Bronze medals.


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