Delta Beyond Oil: A Quest for Sustainable Development, Volume 1, is a response to changes in the developmental initiative that is currently being championed and propagated by Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, the incumbent Governor of Delta State. The book is also derived from genuine concern that the Delta Beyond Oil initiative must be institutionalized and entrenched in the minds of Deltans in order for them to have a good understanding of the philosophy and ideas that have propelled the clamour for a re-orientation and paradigm shift in the developmental model of the state which has been oil-led. Apart from propagating the initiative, this volume explains some of the developmental strides of the present administration against the backdrop of the desire for the sustained diversification of the economy of the state. The balance of opinion, therefore, is that the Delta Beyond Oil vision and model is commendable and should be pursued vigorously in the State’s quest for sustainable development.
S.O. Aghalino is a Professor of History at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. Between 2005/2006, he was a visiting Senior Lecturer to the Department of History, Delta State University, Abraka. Until recently, he was the Head, Department of History and International Studies, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. His research interest is essentially on social and economic history. His works have appeared in peer reviewed local and international journals as well as in textbooks. Professor S.O. Aghalino is a member of the Governing Council of the Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu.