Delta has been ranked as the least developed state in South-South geo-political zone. According to the latest State by State ranking in terms of development, road network, industrialization, youth employment, and economic growth, Delta State scored extremely low among other States in South-South.
Rivers State, Akwa-Ibom State, Cross River State, Edo State, and Bayelsa State came out 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th position respectively, with Delta State lagging behind in 6th position in the ranking.
The criteria used for the ranking are as follows;
2. Road Network
4. Youth Employment
5. Economic Growth According to the ranking, Delta State scored 21% in Development, 42% in Road networks, 1% in industrialization, 5% in Youth Employment, and 27% in Economic Growth, thereby making Delta State take the last position (6th) in the ranking, behind Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Bayelsa States.
Rivers State took 1st position in the ranking, scoring 87% in Road Network, 83% in Development, 94% in Industrialization, 62% in Youth Employment, and 85% in Economic Growth.
Akwa-Ibom State took 2nd position in the ranking, scoring 81% in Road Network, 83% in Industrialization, 60% in Youth Employment, 81% in Development, and 79% in Economic Growth.
All these are despite the huge allocations from the Federal Government as well as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) ofvDelta State.