Delta State, with capital at Asaba, was created on 27th August, 1991 out of the defunct Bendel State under the military dictatorship led by General Ibrahim Babangida. Bendel State, itself, was an offshoot of the defunct Mid-Western state which existed between 1963 to 1976.
The State which takes its name from the delta filled lower region of Nigeria’s largest river, the River Niger, is located in the South-south Geo-political zone. It’s 16,842km2 lies roughly between longitudes 5o00 and 6o45l E and latitudes 5o00 and 6o30lN. The total land area of the State is 16,842km2.
The state is bounded by Edo and Ondo States to the north-west, Imo and Anambra to the north-east, Rivers and Bayelsa States to the southeast while its 160 km of south-western and far-south coastline is bounded by the Bight of Benin in the Atlantic Ocean.
The population of the State according to the National Population Commission is about 4,112,445 (Males: 2,069,309 Females: 2,043,136). The State is notable for its abundant oil deposit, ranking second to Rivers State as a major oil producing state in Nigeria. In fact, the State supplies about 35 percent of Nigeria’s oil and some considerable amount of Natural gas. The Nation’s second refinery as well as petrochemical plant is located in the State at Warri town.
Agriculture also remains a major economic mainstay of Delta’s people as the State is notable for the production of root crops such as cassava, cocoyam, yam and potatoes. The fishery industry also thrives in the State. There are also some notable industries in the State like the African Timber and Plywood, AT$T, Asaba Textile Mill, and Ughelli Glass Factory.
Currently, the Delta State owes its legal existence to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As a State, it is constitutionally mandated to establish:
The Delta State legal system comprises;
Sources of Delta State Legal System include:
DELTA STATE BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS