List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria

List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria
List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria

List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria

The Niger Delta Region was formerly made up of Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers until the Nigerian Federal Government included Akwa Ibom, Abia, cross river, Edo, Ondo and Imo in the year 2000. This region is about 70,000sqkm, about 7.5% of Nigeria’s landmass and is known mostly for the presence of crude oil deposits in those areas. More on each of the states is below :

List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria

  • 1. BAYELSA

This is the fourth largest oil producing States in the country. Carved on the 1st of October, 1996 out of River State with Yenagoa as it capital, Bayelsa has only 8 Local Government with a population of about 1.9 million and has four major ethnic groups namely, Ogbia, Nembe, Izon and Epie-Atissa .

  • 2. DELTA

Home to the Urhobo, Isoko and the Itsekiri ethnic groups, Delta state is the second largest oil producing state in Nigeria with a refinery in Warri. It was created on 27 August 1991 with Asaba as it capital. There are 25 Local Government Areas in this state with a population of more than 4 million. Apart from crude oil exploration the state also does a lot of agriculture.

List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria
List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria
  • 3. RIVERS

It is one of the most populated States in Nigeria with a population of about 5 million. Rivers state was created on 27 May 1967 with Port Harcourt as its capital and currently has 23 LGAs. It has two refineries and is the third largest oil producing state in Nigeria. Ikwerre, Okrika, Upobo, Kalabari the Ubani are the major ethnic groups.

  • 4. AKWA IBOM

Regarded as the largest oil producing state in Nigeria and as the most beautiful city in the country. Akwa Ibom is really endowed. The state was created in 23 September 1987 with Uyo as the state capital, The major ethnic groups are Oron, Annang and Ibibio. This state has a population of about 2.3 million in its 31 LGAs.

  • 5. CROSS RIVER

This state got its name from the Cameroonian river, cross which it shares boundary with. Cross River State was created in 27 May 1967 with Calabar as it capital. Calabar is regarded as one of the most beautiful city in the country. Cross River has 18 LGA with a population of about 3.3 million. The main ethnic groups are Efik, Ejagham, and Bekwarra.

  • 6. EDO STATE

Edo state has a population of about 2.2 million people and has 18 LGAs. The Edo, Esan, Igarra, Etsako / Afemai and the Okpamheri are the main ethnic groups. It was created on the 27th of August with Benin city as its capital.

  • 7. ONDO STATE

This state was created on the 3rd February 1976. It is also one the oil producing States in Nigeria. The state has 18 LGAs with a population of about 3.4 million people. The major ethnic groups in Ondo are the Yoruba sub groups with the Ijaw group as a minority group.

  • 8. ABIA

Abia, also among the list of Niger Delta state in Nigeria has a population of about 2.8 million people living in its 17 LGAs. It was created on 27 August 1991 with Umuahia as its capital. It is an oil producing state with its major ethnic group being Igbo.

  • 9. IMO STATE

Created on 3 February 1976, Imo State is also part of the Niger Delta Region because of it is an oil producing state. The capital of Imo is Owerri. Imo has a population of about 4 million living in its 27 LGAs. The major ethnic group is igbo.

Lagos State recently join the list of commercial oil producing states in Nigeria , which will make them part of the List of Niger Delta States in Nigeria

Note : Its very important to differentiate between the official Niger Delta Region and Biafra Niger Delta 

  • Niger Delta Region : Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Imo, Abia, Anambra, Ondo { and probably Lagos State }
  • South South States : Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Cross River, Imo, Southern part of Benue, Iganke in Edo

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