List of Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria

Although most applicants into higher institution prefer university to polytechnics, lately, many of them are also applying to the latter, especially federal polytechnics, primarily as a plan B in case they’re not able to gain admission into the university of their choice.

One of the reasons for the significant increases in polytechnic admission applications is that the number of candidates seeking admission to universities has become seriously high. As a result, competition is very fierce. And that makes it relatively easy to gain admission into a polytechnic.

A number of polytechnics in Nigeria teach their student relatively effectively and have a higher tendency to impart the knowledge through practical sessions. Let’s look at the list of federal polytechnics in Nigeria.

Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria

  • Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, P.M.B 1007, Afikpo, Ebonyi State  

Founded in 1981.

Name of Rector – Venerable Ogbonnia Ibe-Enwo

It is named after Akanu Ibiam, the governor of the First Republic of the Eastern Region, and Nigeria. The school was originally located on the present site of Federal Government College Okposi and moved in 1987 to its location in Uwana.

In October 2008 the Polytechnic was selected by the United Nationa Organization for education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO) for the establishment of a world-class Information and Communication Technology Center.

  • Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State

Founded in 1973.

Name of Rector – Dr. (Tpl) Jimah Momodu Sanusi (AG. Rector)

Auchi Polytechnic is a Federal Polytechnic based in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. The Auchi Polytechnic is one of the first four Polytechnics that were founded in Nigeria.

This academic institution is located in the city of Auchi. This school has over 10,000 students with courses in business, technology, environmental, and arts.

  • Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. 

Founded in 1977.

Name of Rector – Dr Mrs T.T. Akande

The Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti was founded in January 1977 in Jos, Plateau State.

In 1978, she was by the Federal Government of Nigeria moved to Akure, Ondo State to ensure equitable distribution of institutions of the federal governments to the states.

By Decree 33 of 1979, their status was converted from Technical school into a full Polytechnic.

In 1982, the Institution was moved by the Federal Government again to Ado-Ekiti.

This paves the way for the establishment of the Federal University of Technology at its site in Akure. The institution was moved to its permanent location in 1986.

The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti which pioneered in 1978 with 350 students  (full-time National Diploma) and 95 academic staff, today numbers over 10,000 students (full-time and part-time National Diploma and Higher National Diploma, Certificate, and Professional programs) and a total of about 1,500 employees.

  • Federal Polytechnic Bali, Taraba State.      

Founded in 2007.

Name of Rector – Dr. Saidu Umaru Jen

The Federal Polytechnic Bali was founded on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 after approval by the federal board.

After approval, the Federal Ministry of Education appointed a Ministerial Task Force chaired by the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education, who had just been in office, Dr. Nuru Yakubu to ensure a quick start.

The Government of the state of Taraba and the Local Government of Bali donated some facilities and structures for the start of the Polytechnic, including a 500-hectare piece of land along Bali-Jalingo Road for the settlement of the Permanent location.

Subsequently on December 15, 2008, Dr. Saidu Umaru Jen was appointed acting rector, followed by the establishment and inauguration of the first Governing Council on February 10, 2009. The Governing Council approved Alh. Abubakar Bobboi Jauro as Chairman.

  • Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, P.M. B 231, Bauchi State.

Founded in 1979.

Name of Rector – Engr. Dr. S.M. Musa

The Federal Polytechnic at Bauchi was established following Decree NO. 33 of 1979 based on the Federal Act on the Federal Polytechnic (Chapter 139) in the version of Decree No. 5 of 1993 on the Federal Polytechnics (Amendment).

The Polytechnic located at Km 15 along Dass Road was founded to train middle and high-level workers for the Nigerian economy. The Institution runs full-time programs at the level of National Diploma and the level of Higher National Diploma levels (ND & HND), all of which are accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

  • Federal Polytechnic Bida, P.M.B 55, Niger State.       

Founded in 1977.

Name of Rector – Dr. A.A. Dzukogi

The Federal Polytechnic, Bida was founded by law. It was founded in response to the Federal Government’s awareness that Nigeria urgently needs technical and technological resources, and the empowerment of its citizens to meet the demands of the times.

The institution was originally known as the Federal College of Technology, Kano. It was founded on March 1, 1977.

After the decision of the Federal Government to relocate the College, she finally moved to Bida on July 27, 1977. The College was before 1979 the name Bida College of Technology.

She was temporarily in the Government Technical School, Eyagi housed and later on moved to temporary facilities along Mokwa Road, Bida. 

  • Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, P.M.B 1006, Yobe State.  

Name of Rector – Engr. Usman Kallamu

Founded by the Nigerian Federal Government in May 1993 by enacting Federal Polytechnics (Amendment No. 2) Decree of 1993. The institution started with six academic departments which over the years gradually expanded to five academic schools with 16 academic departments.

  • Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State.

Name of Rector – Dr. Aturo Ajah (Ag Rector)

Federal Polytechnic, Ede is a tertiary institution that was founded in 1992. It is located in Ede, a town in Osun State, southwestern Nigeria. It is an institution for awarding national diplomas.

  • Federal Polytechnic Ekowe, Bayelsa State

Founded in 2007.

Name of Rector – Dr. Seiyaboh Enetimi Idah

The Federal Polytechnic Oil and Gas, Ekowe, Bayelsa State was founded by the law of the 6th National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the Federal Polytechnic Act of 1990 as amended. The law was enacted in July 2007 by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua (GCFR). However, the full implementation took place in 2009.

Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe is located at Ekowe, Yenagoa Bayelsa State. The Polytechnic is located in the ancient city of Ekowe (Ekeu) along the Nun River in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the State of Bayelsa in the Niger Delta Oil & Gas region of Nigeria. The polytechnic has three (3) faculties: faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering Technology, and faculty of Agricultural Technology.

  • Federal Polytechnic Idah P.M.B 1035, Kogi State.      

Founded in 1977.

Name of Rector – Mathew I. Akpata

The Federal Polytechnic Idah is one of the seven Polytechnics founded by the Military Government by Decree No. 33 of July 1979.

The Institution was launched on Monday, November 28, 1977, with eleven (11) academic staff, nineteen (19) senior administrative staff, eighty-six (86) supporting staff members, and 220 pioneering students who were offered admission after a competitive entrance examination.

  • Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, P.M.B 50, Ogun State.       

Founded in 1979.

Name of Rector – Arc. Aluko Olusegun

Founded by law on July 25, 1979, and opened her gates to the public on November 15, 1979. Since then, Polytechnic has earned the reputation of an institution that educates and trains students in five schools or faculties. These are Engineering, Environmental Studies, Communication and Information Technology, Management Studies, and Pure and Applied Sciences.

  • Federal Polytechnic Ile-Oluji, Ondo State   

Name of Rector – Prof. Emmanuel Adebayo Fasakin

The Federal Polytechnic, Ile-Oluji, Ondo State was founded in 2014 by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

After the pioneering Rector, Registrar, Bursar, and the Polytechnic Librarian took office in April 2015, the first employees were appointed during the year.

 To create a very solid foundation for the Polytechnic and to familiarize all pioneer staff with the Vision, the Mission, the founding goals and all relevant plans and directions of the Polytechnic, the management of the Polytechnic organized a three-day orientation event for the staff between Monday 16 November, and Wednesday 18 November 2015 on the take-off academic campus.

  • Federal Polytechnic Mubi, PMB 35 Mubi, Adamawa State.        

Founded in 1979.

Name of Rector – Dr. Sadiq A. Yahaya

The Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, the most important educational institution of its kind in the Northeast sub-region, operates a school system that carries out various programs in several disciplines at the levels of higher national diploma, the higher diploma, the national diploma, the diploma, and the certificate.

In addition to the planned Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) degree, Sandwich programs will also be offered during the long holiday.

The Institution has six schools and an entrepreneurship education center. Since its inception, Polytechnic has striven to provide so many people with the technical and entrepreneurial skills they need to fight and alleviate poverty.

  • Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, P.M.B. 01 Nasarawa State.       

Founded in 1983.

Name of Rector – Dr. Abdulkadir Shettima Sa’idu

The Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa was founded on July 1, 1983 by the Nigerian Federal Government. The foundation of the polytechnic was based on the government’s desire to technologically change society. 

This goal is contained in the Federal Polytechnic Decree No.33 of 1979

Presently there are six (6) Schools and 28 departments. Also, procedures are currently underway for the admission of new diploma courses in mechatronics, foundry, and rail transport technology as well as for the higher national diploma in chemical engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (Instrumentation option), and diploma courses.

  • Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State.  

Founded in 1982.

Name of Rector – Prof. Godwin Onu

When it was founded in 1979, the government of the State of Anambra recognized the institution as a college of arts and science to prepare candidates for the General Certificate in Education (GCE) exam, both at ordinary and advanced levels.

On June 28, 1980, the institution was upgraded to the college of Arts, Science, and Technology, a survey that made it more attractive to young school leavers who flocked to earn the higher certificate the college could then award.

The College was formalized as the Anambra State Polytechnic, Oko through Edict No. 12 of 1985.

1993 Finally, the State Polytechnic was taken over by the Federal Government and was renamed Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

  • Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas Bonny, Rivers State  

Founded in 2014.

Name of Rector – Mr. John Woke Agala Atata (Ag Rector)

The Polytechnic is committed to promoting the value and development of the individual so that they are responsible and an intermediary for the domestication of the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria.

The institution is committed to developing and maintaining a flexible curriculum in a sustainable manner that can adapt to possible socio-economic changes in society, as well as to the needs industry, business, and other professional developments. 

  • Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna.      

Founded in 1956.

Name of Rector – Dr. Kate Uloko (Ag Rector)

The establishment of the Technical Institute in Kaduna was as a result of the adoption by the British Government on the recommendation of the Higher Education Commission, which proposed upgrading Yaba Higher College to Technical Institute and proposing technical institutes in Kaduna and Enugu.

At its meeting on August 17, 1962, Conclusion No.1, the Executive Board of Northern Nigeria renamed the Technical Institute in Kaduna to the Polytechnic Kaduna. By decree no. 29 of the federal government from 1968, which was revised in 1979 by decree no. 79. In 1991, the institution was taken over by the Federal Government by Decree No. 40 of the same year.

  • Yaba College of Technology, P.M.B. 2011, Yaba, Lagos State.

Founded in 1947.

Name of Rector – Dr. Mrs. Margaret Kudi Ladipo

In 1947, Yaba College of Technology was founded as a successor of Yaba Higher College.

It gained autonomous status in 1969 through Decree 23 which gave it the mandate to offer full-time and part-time courses training in the fields of technology, applied science, commerce and management, agricultural production, and sales and research.

Yaba College of Technology is the first higher institution in Nigeria to establish an entrepreneurship development center connected to the world of commerce and industry.

  • Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT), NAF Base Kaduna      

Founded in1977

Established with the name NAF Technical and Supply School (TSS). It was founded by Mr. Dornier of Germany’s support.

The institute was renamed Technical Training Wing in 1979 and was given the name NAF Technical Training Group (NAF TTG).

The group was tasked with providing basic training for NAF personnel in the areas of aircraft maintenance, armament, and communication. 

Others are supply management. By the year 2000, its identity had been changed to 320 Technical Training Group (320TTG).

Created for the management of aircraft and equipment bought during the Nigerian Civil War in 1967

  • Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Sokoto Road, Zaria,

The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, (formerly known as Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Center) was established by law. No 31 of 1964 (as amended), to carry out:

Civil Aviation courses for use in flight training or airport operations and management, which may be required from time to time.

Training of approved persons in the installation, maintenance, and if necessary, in the operation of technical equipment, the use of which is calculated or probably increases the scope for the operational safety of civil aircraft.


Notable Mentions:

  1. Federal Polytechnic Nekede, P.M.B 1036, Owerri, Imo State.    

Founded in 1977.

Name of Rector – Dr. (Mrs) Celestine Ugochi Njoku

  • Federal Polytechnic Offa, P.M.B 420, Kwara State. 

Founded in 1992.

Name of Rector – Dr. Lateef Ademola Olatunji

  • Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic, P.M.B 5004, Kazaure Jigawa State

Founded in 1991.

Name of Rector – Arc. Shamsudeen Salisu Danbatta

  • Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, P.M.B. 1034, Birnin Kebbi   

Founded in 1976.

Name of Rector – Arc. Aliyu Mohammed Sani

  • Petroleum Training Institute Effurun P.M.B 20, Effurun. Delta State    

Founded in 1972

  • Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Science (NAITES) Makurdi

Founded in1960

  • Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom State 

Founded in 2014.

Name of Rector – Prof. Balama Joseph Obomanu

  • National Institute of Construction Technology Uromi

Founded in 2014.

Name of Rector – Engr. Prof. S.O. Onohaebi

  • Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda, P.M.B, 1012, Zamfara State.     

Founded in 1983.

Name of Rector – Engr. Ahmed A. Lugard

We have now come to the end of this article on the list of federal polytechnics in Nigeria.

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