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Aladja is a coastal town and one of the largest and highly populated indigenous towns in Delta State, Nigeria. The own located on the bank of southern part of River Warri opposite old Warri city. The majority of the people are of Udu, a sub-group of Urhobo ethnic nationality, there are small groups of Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnics occupying some quarters in the town. Until recently, there was a quarter wholly occupied by the Ijaw ethnic group but migrated out of the area due to a bloody land dispute between the Urhobos and the Ijaws in 1990s. The Delta Steel Company (DSC), complex steel plants, were built on the land provided by communities of Aladja and Ovwian but at this moment the plant is completely moribound due to mismanagement. However, the owner, central government of Nigeria, is making concert efforts to privatize the plant and recently linked with a modern rail line from north part of the country to provide iron ore and also to facilate easy transportation of steel products to other parts of the country.
Aladja, as a coastal community, it has been a haven of commerce between the coastal people and interland since ancient times. The act of trade by barter is still being practiced in the popular Aladja Market to this day. This town has served for many decades as the route to old Warri mainland via its famous 'Aladja Waterside' until the construction of the Udu Bridge in 1975 as an alternative route to Warri and its environs.
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