This post shall name and describe the oil producing states that make up the Niger Delta. Nigeria is blessed with so many natural resources, chief of them being crude oil, located in the states that constitute the Niger Delta Region. These states should not be confused with the South-South zone.
Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region is also known as the oil producing region because this is where almost 100 per cent of Nigeria’s crude oil is gotten from.
Today, Nigeria, the most populous black nation on earth and the largest economy in Africa is a very large country which is home to over 170 Million people and very popular for her huge crude oil deposits.
States That Make Up The Niger-Delta Region
The following states which are the largest oil producing states, in no particular order, make up the 9 Federating States in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria:
These states include: Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Abia, Imo and Edo States.
This region should not be confused to be the same as the South-South zone of Nigeria. While the Niger Delta Region is the oil-producing region of Nigeria, the South-South zone is a geo-political zone in Nigeria.
Overview of The States that Make Up The Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
Akwa-Ibom is currently the highest oil-producing state In the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. This means that there’s more oil gotten from Akwa Ibom State than anywhere else in Nigeria.
Akwa-Ibom has a population of about five million people. Not only is the state blessed with crude oil, also, coal, clay, limestone, silver nitrate, salt and neat sand can be gotten from there.
The capital of Akwa Ibom State is Uyo.
Before Akwa Ibom became the largest producer of crude oil in Nigeria, Rivers State was the largest until recently but now, it is the second highest oil producing state in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The capital of Rivers State is Portharcourt.
Delta State is known as the big heart of the nation. It is one of the richest states in Nigeria and its capital is Asaba. Delta is one of the twin states formerly known as Bendel State, the other being Edo State. Delta state is made up of 25 local government areas. Also, Nigeria major petroleum refineries is located in Warri, Delta.
Bayelsa State is a major oil producing state in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. This is the state of Origin of the former President and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s armed forces, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. As of 2015, Bayelsa ranked 4th in Nigeria in the list of highest crude oil producing states in Nigeria. The capital of Bayelsa State is Yenagoa.
5. Cross River
Cross River State is another beautiful city in Nigeria blessed with numerous natural resources, tourists sites with up to date amenities like good road networks, standard schools, good water and mountain views. Known for its famous Obudu cattle ranch, this state rightfully takes its place among the 9 States that make up the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The capital of Cross River State is Calabar.
Other states that make up the 9 States in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria include:
- Ondo whose capital is Akure
- Abia whose capital is Umuahia
- Imo whose capital is Owerri
- Edo, former Bendel State together with Delta. The capital of Edo State is Benin City.