Bayelsa is a state in southern Nigeria. It is in the Niger Delta region between Delta state and Rivers state. The capital of Bayelsa state is Yenagoa. Bayelsa state wasÂ created on October 1st, 1996 from Rivers State and its name was derived from the fist few letters of the names of the major local government areas; Brass LGA (BALGA), Yenagoa (YELGA) and Sagbama (SALGA). Hence BAYELSA was derived from the letters BA + YEL + SA. Bayelsa State has one of the largest crude oil and natural gas deposits in Nigeria. As a result, petroleum production is extensive in the state.