Delta State Nigeria

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Delta State was created on the 27th August, 1991 from the defunct Bendel State. Bendel State was formerly known as the Midwestern Region at the time it gained regional status in August, 1963, from the then western region. At the inception of Delta State it was made up of twelve political division called Local Government Area (L.G.A), which was later increased to 19 in 1996. Presently the State is made up of 25 Local Government Areas.

The State is divided into three Senatorial Districts, which are Delta North, Delta South and Delta Central. The State Currently covers a landmass of about 18,050 Km2 of which more than 60% is land.Delta State lies roughly between Longitude 5°00 and 6°.45' East and Latitude 5°00 and 6°.30' North. It has a boundary in the North with Edo State,  the East with Anambra State, the South-East with bayelsa State, and on the Southern flank is the Bight of Benin which covers approximately 160 kilometres of the State's coastline. Delta State is generally low-lying without remarkable hills. The State has a wide coastal belt inter-laced with rivulets and streams, which form part of the Niger-Delta.


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The State capital is Asaba, a developing town located at the River Niger to the Northern end of the State. It has a network of good roads; and a master plan for transforming it into a modem city has been established by the State Government. Asaba is generally clean and has good drainage. There are Schools, Hospitals, and standard Hotels as well as Communication facilities in the town which is the gateway to the East for Travelers from the Western part of the Country. The 1991 provisional census result put the population of the State at 2,590,491 (1,271,932 Male and 1,318,559 Female).

The State's Population is projected to be 3,629,103 in 2003. The major tribes in the State are Urhobos, Izons, Isokos, Ibos and Itsekiris. Basically, they have identical customs, beliefs and cultures. The cultural identity is manifested in their festivals, traditional marriage ceremonies, while certain words are common to many tribes. Their systems of Traditional Administration tend to be identical as well as their folktales, dances, arts and crafts. Farming, Fishing and Hunting are the major occupations of the inhabitants of Delta State, as about 80% of the active labour force are engaged in these occupational activities with the remaining 20% engaged in other occupations.

The State has Tropical Climate marked by two distinctive Seasons, the Dry and Rainy Seasons. The Dry Season occurs between November and April while the Rainy Season begins in April and last till October. Occasional rainfall may be experienced during the dry season and at the month of August there is a brief dry season  commonly referred to as August - break. The month of July witnesses heavy  rainfall at its peak. The average annual rainfall in the coastal area is about 266.5cm and 190.5cm in the Northern fringes of the State.The temperature is high, ranging between 28°C and 34°C with an average temperature of 30°C (81°F). The vegetation of Delta State varies from the Mangrove Swamps along the coast to Evergreen Forests and Savanna in the North.

Delta State was created on 27th August 1991 with 12 Local Government Areas,with Asaba as its capital .Delta State is presently made up of 25 Local Government Areas.And consist of 3 Senatorial Districts, (Delta North, Delta Central and Delta South). Delta State shares boundaries with  4 States, which are Bayelsa, Edo, Ondo, and Anambra state. Delta State has a boundary on the Southern flank by the Bight of Benin, which covers approximately 160km of the State Coast line..Delta State is part of Niger-Delta,which  lies roughly between longitude 5 O.OOc and 6°.45C East and Latitude 5°.00 and 6°.00 North.

Delta State was Increased from 1 9 to 25 Local Government Area.The State Capital,Asaba is located at the bank of River Niger. The State is generally clean and has good roads and good drainage network,with variety of Schools, Standard Hotels as well as Communication facilities.

Delta State has identical custom, belief and culture.The inhabitants of Delta State are either Christians or practice African Traditional Religion with very few Muslims faithfuls.The major occupations of Deltans are Farming, Fishing, Hunting and Oil Exploration. Delta State has one State owned University with three campuses at Abraka, Oleh and Asaba; Three Polytechnics at Oghara, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozora; And Three Colleges of Education at Agbor, Warri and Mosogar, one Federal College of Education (Technical) at Asaba.Delta State , 357 Post Primary Schools (Secondary Schools) as at 2003. Delta State has about 1103 Primary Schools as at 2003.

Delta State has 29 constituencies and 29 members in the State House of Assembly. Delta State has 149 clans or Communities,100 Traditional Rulers,270 wards and 3,625 polling units.Delta State has the Niger Bridge at Asaba which was built at a cost of £6million and completed in 1965.Delta State has an International Airport at Osubi and one Domestic Airport at Warri. Delta State has the deepest River in Africa; at the Ethiope River (100ft in depth) and pure fresh water.Delta State has three Asphalt Plants in three location namely Agbara-Otor. (150 tons/day) Oghara (1000 tons/day), and Agbor.


O Delta State FInger of God

Built on our Nations Pride

Our lands and shores are

Round with love.

A state where leaders

Are wise and just.

So let us free-e-e-e

Let's rejoice for a new dawn

of  a new day

with the FInger of God, matching

in Victory.

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