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Bayelsa State
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Capital Yenagoa
Land Area & Rank 21,110 sq. km (21)
Year Created Oct. 1, 1996
Governor Seriake Dickson, PDP
Deputy Gov John Jonah
L.G.A 8
House of Assembly 24
Major Areas/Towns Yenagoa (Capital), Kaiama, Ekeremor, Twon-Brass, Nembe
Local Dialects Ijaw (lzon), Nembe, Ogbia.
Motto “Pride of the Nation”
Population 2006 Census:
Rank & Sex: 1,703,358 (36)
Male: 902,648
Female: 800,710
Contact Phone Gov. Office: 234-89-490013
SSG: 234-89-490068
Info: 234-89-490219
Liason Office Abuja Liaison Office:
8, Julius Nyerere Crescent, Asokoro
P.M.B. 7010, Wuse, Abuja
Tel: 09-3147333
Fax: 09-3149279

Lagos Liaison Office:
Plot 1233, Bishop Oluwole
Victoria, Island
P.M.B. 12634
Tel/Fax: 01-612108, 611658
Government
Local Government Areas
LGA Headquarter
Brass Twon Brass
Ekeremor Ekeremor
Kolokuma/Opokuma Kaiama
Nembe Nembe
Ezza North Ebiaji
Ogbia Ogbia Town
Sagbama Sagbama
Souther Ijaw Oporom
Yenagoa Yenagoa
Hotels & Tourism

Important places: The ancient Nembe war canoe Regatta in Nembe, the mangrove museum at Nembe, the Olodi museum at Nembe, Isaac Boro Monument at Kaiama, Okpoama Beach in Brass, Koluama Holiday resort in Southern Ijaw, Ossiama fish lake at southern Ijaw, Akassa slave Tunnel in Brass, The white grave yard at Kolokuma, Agricultural Palm beach at Ekeremor.

Important Events: Amassoma fishing and cultural festival, Eyal Awani festival, Famgbe beach festival, Ogoriba festival, Isemi festival and Idumangi Festival.

Hotels
Hotel Auievie
Yenegoa

Brass Inn
Brass

Catering Rest House
Brass
The Name “BAYELSA” is an acroym of three Local Government Areas (Brass, Yenagoa and Sagbama) all then in Rivers State which now comprise the entire area that constitute the present BAYELSA STATE. Located in and the foremost part of the Southern Margin of the Niger Delta. It is one of the Nation's Largest Deltas. Bayelsa State is a predominantly homogeneous Ijaw ethnic society, a vibrant and resilient people; aquatic and peripatetic in nature, they occupy the coastal and riviera regions of the country.

In 1895, they engaged the British Soldiers in a fierce battle popularly called the Akassa war over the control of their territory. In 1956 at Oloibiri in Ogbia Local Government, crude oil was first struck in Nigeria in commercial quantity and the first oil rig was sunk therein. On October 1, 1996, the state was created from Rivers State by Gen. Sani Abacha’s administration; this was in response to the Ijaw's demand for a home State to meet their political, social and economic developments and aspirations.

On September 15, 2005 the former Governor, Alamieyeseigha was arrested in London for alleged money laundering, on November 21 2005; he escaped from London, and returned to Nigeria. The state house of Assembly was displeased with the manner with which he jumped bail in London, on December 9, 2005, he was impeached.

The Deputy Governor-Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as the substantive governor of the state. Goodluck administration transformed the state, touching all facet of the state development. To many, the impeachment of Alamieyeseigha was been a blessing disguise. Just as his name is; Goodluck, Jonathan was lucky in 2007 as he was nominated to run as the running mate to President Musa Yar’Adua in the presidential race. He is the first citizen of the South-South geo-political zone to have occupied that postion.  

Boundaries/Neighbours:

In the North is Delta State, in the East is River State, West and South is Atlantic Ocean.

Topography:

A picturesque tropical rain forest. More than three quarters of the area is occupied by water with a moderately low land. There is a network of several creeks and rivers in the South leading into the Atlantic Ocean via the major rivers such as Saint Bartholomew, Brass, Nun and Ramos. The vegetation is characterized by mangrove forest. The North is thick forest with arable lands for cultivation.

Climate:

Bayelsa State lies in the heaviest rainfall zone in the country; annual rainfall is put at 2404.18ml, while mean temperature is 27.154OC.

Education:

The state hosts the Niger Delta University; situated at Wilbeforce Island.

Economy:

The economy of the people is mainly agriculture. The Ijaws are great fishermen; contributing over 26 percent of the total local fish production. The state produces over 35% of Nigerian total crude oil out-put. Oil prospecting in the zone has created opportunities for diverse services in the state.

Agriculture:

Agricultural produce in the state are: fish, palm oil and palm kernel, sugar cane, rice, Raffia palm, Timber and various aquatic foods.

Mineral/Natural Resources:

Oil and gas, clay, gravel and Timber.

Famous Natives:

Fredrick William Koko, Monarch (Akassa Warlord). Ben-murray Bruce, Businessman. Isaac Boro, soldier/Activist. Pere Ajuwa, Politician. Melford Okilo, Politican. Ruth Benamesia-opia, Broadcaster. Diete Spiff, Monarch/ (Former Gov. Rivers State.) Dan Etete, businessman. Sele Eradiri (Ms), broadcaster. Asu Ekiye, gospel musician. Finidi George, footballer. Lawrence (Larry) Koinyan, air force officer rtd. Ebitimi Banigo, banker/financial consultant. Samson Siaisa, football coach. 
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