- Capital : Yenegoa
- Website : www.bayelsa.gov.ng
- Governor : Henry Dickson
- ISO 3166 code : NG-BY
Created on October 1, 1996, Bayelsa state covers a total area of 21,110 km2 (8,150 sq mi) and has a total population of 1,704,515 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 95/km2 (250/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $4,337 Million, at $2,484 Per Capita.
Bayelsa is an oil-rich state in Nigeria. Located in the coastal South-Southern Nigeria, Bayelsa has boundaries with Delta State in the north, creeks and rivers spreading through the Atlantic Ocean in the south and River State in the east.
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. The local population engage in fishing on a subsistence and commercial level. Bayelsa has a riverine and estuarine setting. A lot of her communities are almost (and in some cases) completely surrounded by water. The state is home to the Edumanom Forest Reserve, the last known site for chimpanzees in the Niger Delta. Bayelsa State has industries like Ahoada and Yenagoa Industrial Estates; and a host of other oil companies which help in generating income for the state.
Culturally, Bayelsa State is richly endowed. Tourist attractions include its numerous beaches, fishing festivals, the canoe war displays and boat regattas and dances.
Henry Seriake Dickson (born 28 January 1966) is a politician. He assumed his role as the Governor of Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria on 14 February 2012. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 until 2012.