Polytechnics in Nigeria have always been a resort for many admission-seeking candidates and students in Nigeria especially due to the high traffic in the federal universities and state universities for admission. Here is a comprehensive list of the top 20 federal universities in Nigeria considering a number of factors like infrastructure and student welfare, etc.
Yaba College of Technology was established in 1947 as a successor of Yaba Higher College. It attained autonomous status in 1969 by virtue of Decree 23 which granted it the mandate to provide full-time and part-time courses of instruction and training in technology, applied science, commerce and management, agricultural production and distribution; and for research.
Yaba College of Technology has eight schools and thirty-four academic departments with a total of sixty-four accredited programmes, across ND, HND and Post-HND levels. The college also offers certificate courses.
YABATECH offers B.Sc (Ed) courses in Technical and Vocational education and Postgraduate Diplomas in Engineering. The two programmes are run in conjunction with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Federal University of Technology, Akure, respectively. The student population is 15,000, while the staff strength is 1,600.
Yaba College of Technology is the first higher institution in Nigeria to establish a Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, with linkages with the world of commerce and industry. The centre offers compulsory courses which must be taken by all students throughout their stay in the college.
There is a Quality Assurance Unit in the college which monitors the quality of academic service delivery.
The Applied Research and Technology Innovation (ARTI) Unit was established to promote research and linkages with private sector organizations for the exploitation and use of research. ARTI also assists to promote linkages between students of Yabatech and students of other institutions especially in the area of research.
Free medical service is provided at the Medical Centre, which is open 24/7. Sports facilities are provided. The college has won the Nigerian Polytechnic Games five times out of sixteen editions of the competition.
The college has a second campus at Epe. The campus is home to the Department of Agricultural Technology and Michael Otedola Information and Communication Centre.
The name was changed to Federal Polytechnic Yaba in 1979, but changed back to the current one in 1980.
2. Federal Polytechnic Nekede
he Federal Polytechnic, Nekede Owerri started in 1978 as the College of Technology, Owerri. It was established by the Imo State Government through Edict No.16 of April 1978. It took off at its temporary site at the premises of Government Technical College (GTC), Owerri along Egbu Road in the same year.
In 1981, the institution moved to its present and permanent location atNekede inOwerri.By the Imo State Government Edict No.6 of 1987, the name of the institution was changed to, “The Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri.” Six years after and precisely on 7th April 1993, the Federal Government had it renamed again to, “The Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri”.FUNCTIONS OF THE POLYTECHNICThe Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri is regulated by the Federal Polytechnics Act (CAP 139) of 1979. The functions of the Polytechnic as provided for in Section 2(1) of the Act are as follows:
A. To provide full-time or part-time courses on instruction and training in:
i. Technology, Applied science, Commerce and Management
ii. Such other fields of applied learning relevant to the needs of the development of Nigeria in areas such as industrial and agricultural production and distribution, research, development and adaption of technique as the council may from time to time determine.
B. To arrange conferences, seminars and study groups relative to the fields of learning specified in paragraph(a) of this subsection(1)
C. To perform such functions as in the opinion of the council, may serve to promote the objectives of the polytechnic.
Conscious of the objectives for which the polytechnic was established, it adopted the Motto, “Knowledge and skill for service”, right from its inception in 1978. It has vigorously pursued its objectives.
3. The Polytechnic, Ibadan
The Polytechnic, Ibadan was established in 1970 as a successor to the erstwhile Technical College, Ibadan under the provisions of a principal Edict cited as the Polytechnic, Ibadan Edict 1970. This Edict has undergone several amendments in order to make the Polytechnic relevant to the present day needs of Oyo State, the Proprietor in particular and Nigeria in general.
The primary function of the Polytechnic is to provide for students training and development of techniques in applied science, engineering, environmental science and commerce. The Polytechnic has been producing majorly middle-level manpower that has been making valuable contributions to the social and economic development of the country.
Over the years the Polytechnic has also produced high-level manpower in some areas such as urban and regional planning, mass communication etc. The primary focus of the Polytechnic is training that is practical oriented.
The institution has been performing this function creditably well for over thirty years. The graduates of the Polytechnic, Ibadan are found in almost all areas of endeavour all over the country and even outside the country. Some of them have become captains of industries and commerce.
By the amendment to the principal Edict of the Polytechnic which came into force on 17th March, 1987, four Satellite Campuses of the Polytechnic were created. They took off during 1981/82 session and were sited at Eruwa, Saki, Iree and Esa-Oke. Each of the Campuses is headed by a Director who is responsible to the Rector for the administration and discipline of the campus.
However, with the creation of Osun State, the campuses at Iree and Esa-Oke have become the property of Osun State Government and are today known as Osun State Polytechnic Iree and Osun State College of Technology Esa-Oke.
It is important to point out that the then Technical College was situated at the South Campus while the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) took off at the North Campus.
The Polytechnic also offer a wide range of specialized short courses not only for the purpose of improving the vocational competence of technical and commercial workers, but also to provide an opportunity for presenting the most recent advances in knowledge and in techniques to specialist groups.
It also provides opportunities for creative development and research related to the needs of teaching and industry and the business community, particularly in its service area.
4. Auchi Polytechnic
Auchi Polytechnic is one of the leading Polytechnics in the country, in one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan towns in Nigeria – there are many reasons why you might choose to study here. With over 8,000 students, for undergraduate programmes, postgraduate taught programmes, both Business, Technology and the Arts, we’re committed to investing in the student experience.
Auchi Polytechnic is one of the first four Polytechnics in Nigeria. It was founded in 1963, first, as a technical college and later in 1973 as a Polytechnic.
The extent law establishing it assigns to the institution the task of producing well trained and highly skilled middle level manpower for the national economy in the areas of engineering technology, science environmental studies, Management studies and Art & Design.
The Polytechnic is reviewing and updating its curricula to meet current national and global challenges. The thinking is to enrich the curricula and re-orientate students to be self employed and create jobs on graduation. Already, entrepreneurial courses have been introduced in most programmes offered in the institution.
To make the learning environment conducive, the Polytechnic has updated its workshops and laboratories. Physical structures are being provided to expand classroom space and thus reduce congestion.
So far, the beneficiaries of the physical expansion projects have been the school of Art & Design; the School of Environmental Studies which got a nod for the expansion of the faculty building with its own workshops, studios, classroom and staff offices as well as School of Business Studies. Reconstruction is being carried in the institution.
The Polytechnic looks forward to the future with confidence that it will consolidate its primus status amongst its peers. The institution also looks forward to sustaining and improving on the renowned quality of its graduates.We’re extremely proud of the diversity of our academic community which includes international students from different countries.
When you study at Auchi Polytechnic, you will gain more than just a qualification, you also acquire great skills which you will keep for life.
Lagos state polytechnic is a school of international standard, It is basically conceived to train young Nigerians and international Community to attain their full potentials and develop cutting-edge insights and foresight needed to perform at their vintage best in their future careers and to be a positive influence in the society.
To be a Polytechnic of excellence offering world-class educational services.
To produce skilled manpower for commerce and industry using modern facilities and competent personnel for the benefit of all.
The shared values of the Polytechnic are professionalism and excellence, commitment, dedication and loyalty, integrity and accountability, knowledge sharing respect for the rule of law, effective communication, fairness and equity: The nature of training received from LASPOTECH is geared towards equipping the products with readily employable skills so that they can fit into industry and commerce easily, and also that they too can create.
6. Osun State Polytechnic, Iree
The institution was established by Osun State act of parliament on 12th October 1992.
The focus of the institution is to provide enabling environment for the teaming youths to acquire skills that will promote technological development.
To achieve excellence in character and technology
.To develop highly motivated, disciplined and trained workforceTo produce graduates with entrepreneurial, vocational and technical skills for national and global development.
To acquire and use modern technological infrastructures.
To provide opportunities to our students to develop leadership skills.
THE VISION/MISSION OF THE INSTITUTION
- To be a 21st century technology institution by providing quality programs for the advancement of research on local contents and cutting edge technology through innovations that enhance self reliance.
- To secure the educational needs of our community by providing manpower development services of superior qualities to the nation and to make us unique among other institutions.
- To provide opportunities for our staff and other stakeholders to achieve their goals.
7. Federal Polytechnic Ilaro
The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro was established by Decree No.33 of July 25, 1979. It was opened to students on November 15, 1979 on a temporary site provided by its host community, the ancient town of Ilaro, Ogun State. The first site of the Polytechnic was the premises of the Anglican Grammar School, Ilaro about half a kilometre from Ilaro township junction.
The Polytechnic was on this temporary site till 1983 when it moved to its permanent site along Ilaro/Oja-Odan Road, about three kilometres from Ilaro township. It is also about 60 kilometres from Idiroko, a Nigerian Boarder town with Benin Republic. Ilaro town itself is an ancient town, land locked between Lagos and Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State. The Polytechnic occupies a total of 898.116 hectares land area on its permanent site.
Access to Ilaro and indeed the Polytechnic can be gained from Abeokuta through Abeokuta-Lagos Road via Papalanto [22 km] or through Abeokuta-Owode road via Ibese [10km], from Lagos through Sango-Ota-Idiroko Road via Owode [15km] and from Sagamu through Sagamu-Obele Road via Papalanto. The location of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro makes for easy access of road traffic. There is a railway station in Ilaro township.
The master plan of the Polytechnic depicts two distinct campuses for the institution i.e. East and West campuses. The East campus has infrastructures in the form of staff quarters, student hostels, sports facilities, the main library, Directorate of Student Affairs, Medical Centre, Polyconsult and Industrial Services, Post Office, Works and Services Department, Petrol Station, Staff Schools (Nursery, Primary and Secondary), Student Computer Centre, School of Applied Science and School of Management Studies.
The West Campus too has the Schools of Engineering and Environmental Studies, the Main Administrative Building and Annexes, Record and Data Control Unit, Information and Communication Technology [ICT] Centre, Physical and Academic Planning Unit, Central Examinations Building, Library Annex, Public Toilets, Staff Quarters, Guest House and a dam and waterworks.
Both Campuses are linked internally with motorable tarred roads provided with street lights and side-walks for pedestrians. Buildings are connected by pedestrian walkways and well-grassed lawns with beautiful landscaping. Car parks are provided in strategic areas within the Campuses. The area currently occupied physically by the Polytechnic is a small proportion of the entire land area it has; thus there is room for expansion.
8. Imo State Polytechnic
Are you looking for a polytechnic with style and swag? Is Imo State polytechnic the place you want to be? If you value very small class sizes, close connections with faculty and fellow students, innovations, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment with broad undergraduate research and skill acquisition opportunities, then Imo State Polytechnic is the place to be.
With over 10,000 talented undergraduate students and over 2000 vibrant, youthful and talented work force, the Polytechnic is known for its stimulating, resourceful, technology oriented and collaborative environment—in the classroom, on and off campus, and all over the federation.
9. Federal Polytechnic Oko
The Institution which is today known as Federal Polytechnic, Oko, was approved by the Anambra State Government in 1979 as a College of Arts and Science. In June, 1980, the Institution was upgraded to a College of Arts, Science and Technology. And in 1985, an Edict of the Anambra State Government formalized the status of the College as a Polytechnic and named it Anambra State Polytechnic, Oko.
The polytechnic is situated within Oko town in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State. The kernel of what eventually became the polytechnic was the brainchild of the Oko Progressive Union (OPU) greatly catalyzed by the patronage, resourcefulness and result oriented leadership of its pioneer chairman, a former Executive Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Alex I. Ekwueme.
At inception in 1979 the institution was approved by the Anambra State Government as a College of Arts and Science designed to prepare candidates for the General Certificate in Education (GCE) examination at both the ordinary and advanced levels.
On June 28, 1980, the institution was upgraded to College of Arts, Science and Technology, an elevation that made it more attractive to young school leavers who came in droves to seek the higher certificate which the college could then award.
The college was formalized as the Anambra State Polytechnic, Oko through Edict No 12 of 1985, published as a supplement to the Anambra State of Nigeria Gazette No 24, Volume 10 of June 27 1984.
Finally, in 1993, the State Polytechnic was taken over by the Federal Government and was renamed Federal Polytechnic, Oko.
The institution is strategically located and surrounded by several centres of industries, commerce and diverse local crafts such as Awka (well-known for blacksmith/iron works) Nnewi (Industry and Technological products) and Onitsha and Aba (reputed for Commerce and industries). It has three campuses.
(i) The main campus at Oko which occupies a total land area of 89 hectares.
(ii) Ufuma campus: This occupies a total land area of 52 hectres
(iii) Atani campus: This occupies a total land area of 40 hectres.
10. Kaduna Polytechnic
he idea to start a Technical Institution in Northern Nigeria started as far back as 1951, which resulted into the establishment of Kaduna Technical Institute in 1956.
The establishment of Technical Institute, Kaduna was as a result of the acceptance by the British Government on the recommendation of the Higher Education Commission, which suggested the upgrading of Yaba Higher College to Technical Institute and proposed Technical Institutes in Kaduna and Enugu.
The Northern Nigeria Executive Council by at meeting of 17th August, 1962, Conclusion No.1, re-designated the Technical Institute, Kaduna as the Polytechnic, Kaduna. It became Kaduna Polytechnic in 1968 by the Federal Government Decree No. 20 of 1968, which was revised in 1979 by Decree .No. 79. In 1991, the institution was taken over by the Federal Government under Decree No. 40 of the same year.
The institution was established with the objective of providing diverse instruction, training and research in technology, the sciences, commerce, the humanities and programmes of in-service instruction for members of the public service in Nigeria.
In 1968, it amalgamated two training centres, namely; the College of Science and Technology and Staff Development Centre, with Survey Unit joining later. These formed the nucleus of its four- college structure then.
Kaduna Polytechnic outside the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, is known to be the biggest higher institution in Nigeria. For the avoidance of doubt, the comparison includes all other polytechnics, universities, colleges of education and other centres of higher educational pursuits in the country.
It is also rated as the largest technical institution in Africa. It is a large institution in physical size and numerical strength of students and staff population and in the number of programmes it runs. It is a polytechnic built on four campuses, each campus is as big as many higher institutions in the country.
11. Rufus Giwa Polytechnic
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic is a tertiary learning institution in Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria. The National Board for Technical Education has approved it as a state-owned polytechnic. It is also accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
The polytechnic was established by edict in 1979 with the name The Polytechnic, Owo by the outgoing Military Governor Sunday Tuoyo. Executive Governor Adekunle Ajasinbegan to operate the polytechnic immediately he took office in early 1980. It was renamed Ondo State Polytechnic in 1990. By 2010 the polytechnic had over 4,000 students.
The polytechnic has several department in the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Technology, LEMS, etc. It has a mandate of training and developing techniques in Applied Science, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Accounting, Commerce and Home Economics.
Rufus Giwa Polytechnic had the following rectors: Dr Adeyeri, Prof Adedimila, Mr Alao, Mr Ogundowole, Prof Peter Fapetu and presently by an acting Rector.
In June 2003 the polytechnic was renamed after Chief Rufus Folusho Giwa, a prominent businessman from Ondo who had become president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). Students protested the change of name and the school was shut down, only reopening on 29 September 2003.
In July 2009 the polytechnic closed down due to a strike by the staff over non-payment of 10 months monetization arrears. In February 2010, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko inaugurated a 16-person governing council for the polytechnic. In March 2010, Mimiko said that his government had paid the monetisation arrears of N210 million owed to the polytechnic.
12. Kwara State Polytechnic
The Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin was established by his Excellency, the then Military Governor of Kwara State, Col. David Bamigboye. The decision to establish the Polytechnic was announced during the launching of the four Year Development plan in 1971.
The College eventually came into existence following the promulgation of Kwara State Edict no. 4 of 1972 (now overtaken by the edict no. 21 of 1984 edict No. 13 of 1987 and edict no. 7 of 1994) as a body empowered by statute “to provide for studies, training, research and development of techniques in arts and language, applied sciences, engineering, management and commerce, education and well as in other spheres of learning”.
The Kwara State Polytechnic formally commenced operation in January 1973 with an administrative machinery patterned closely after the existing universities in the country. The polytechnic has as its motto: TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION AND SERVICE.
At its inception in 1973, the Polytechnic had 110 students, 11 members of academic staff and 3 senior administrative staff.
13. Federal Polytechnic Bida
The Federal Polytechnic, Bida was established by law. It was founded in response to the recognition by the Federal Government that Nigeria is in dire need of Technical and Technological resources, and the empowerment of the citizens to meet the demands of the age.
The institution believes in and is firmly committed to a functioning philosophy of education. In consonance with the National Policy on Education, the Polytechnic has clearly stipulated objective, the development and training of manpower is the first. There is research for the developing and adapting of appropriate techniques to problem solving and thirdly service to the immediate as well as larger society.
The edict formally establishing the Federal Polytechnic, Bida is Decree No.33 of 1979 (now the Federal Polytechnic Act of 1990, including Decree No 47 of 1989, No 5 of 1993 and other legal documents. Originally the institution was known as the Federal College of Technology, Kano. She was instituted on March 1, 1977.
Following the Federal Government’s decision to transfer the College, she finally moved to Bida on July 27, 1977. The College before 1979, was known as the Bida College of Technology. She was temporarily accommodated at the Government Technical School, Eyagi and later on moved to temporary facilities along Mokwa Road, Bida.
14. Federal Polytechnic Ado
The federal polytechnic Ado-Ekiti was established in January 1977 in Jos, Plateau State. In 1978, it was moved by the Federal Government of Nigeria to Akure, Ondo State in order to maintain an equitable spread of Federal Government institutions among the states of the Federation.
In accordance with Decree 33 of 1979, its status was changed from that of a college of Technology to a full-fledged Polytechnic. In 1982, the institution was once again directed by the Federal Government to move to Ado-Ekiti, now the capital of Ekiti State, in order to pave way for the Federal University of Technology, Akure. By 1986, the movement of the Institution to its permanent site was completed.
The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti which had a pioneer student enrolment of 350 (full-time National Diploma) and 95 academic staff in 1978 now has close to 10,000 students (full-time and part-time National Diploma and Higher National Diploma, Certificate and Professional) and a totals staff strength of about 1,000.
15. Federal Polytechnic Ede
The Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun state, Nigeria is a technological institution engaged in education, research and training targeted at sustainable development of the nation. The institution was established as a tertiary educational institution for the provision of courses of instruction, training and research in areas of science, technology, management and other fields of applied learning relevant to the human resource needs of the nation.
The institution came into existence in February 1992 via Decree No. 33 of 25th July, 1979 as amended by Decree 5 of 1993. The function of the institution as specified in the decree are as follows:
1. To provide full-time or part-time courses of instruction and training in:
(a) Technology, Applied Science, Commerce and Management and
(b) Such other fields of applied learning relevant to the need of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the areas of industrial and agricultural production, distribution and for research in the development and adoption of techniques as the academic Board and the Council may from time to time determine.
2. To arrange Conferences, Seminars and Study Group relative to the field of learning specified in paragraph one above.
3. To perform such other functions as in the opinion of the Council which may serve to promote the objectives of the Polytechnic. The Polytechnic took over the old Baptist Teachers College from the National Youth Service Corps (N.Y.S.C.) which served as the Orientation Camp for Corps members. This was achieved with the cooperation of Ede Local Government and Osun State Ministry of Education.
16. Federal Polytechnic Offa
The Federal Polytechnic, Offa came into existence in 1992. A presidential pronouncement of its establishment was made at the Palace of His Royal Highness, Olofa of Offa, late Oba Mustapha Olawoore Olanipekun Ariwajoye II, by the then Military President, Ibrahim Babangida during a state visit in 1991.
Consequently, a Local Task Force was then constituted by His Royal Highness, the Olofa, under the Chairman Alhaji Tiamiyu Olatinwo with six other eminent indigenes of Offa and Chief Ayotunde Raji as Secretary.
The pioneer Rector of the Polytechnic, Engr. (Mrs.) Taiwo Adeife Osemeikhian, administered the Polytechnic from February 1992 to year 2000, under the supervision of a Federal Task Force led by the Director of Science and Technology, Federal Ministry of Education.
The Task Force was responsible for taking major policy decisions affecting the Polytechnic and performing the functions of the Governing Council. She handed over to Dr. Razaq Bello who was Rector between 2000 and 2006. Dr. Mufutau Olatinwo, took over the affairs of the Polytechnic in 2006 as Ag. Rector and later as the third substantive Rector since 2008.
The first Governing Council of the Polytechnic was put in place in year 2000, the second in 2005 the third in 2009 while the fourth and current council under the chairmanship of Chief Okey Ezenwa was inaugurated in April 2013.
17. Kogi State Polytechnic
Kogi State Polytechnic was established in December 1992 by the 1st and 2nd Executive Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abub akar Audu through an amended edict No. 6 of 1994. 1994.
The Polytechnic took off in January 1993 at the Government Science Secondary School, Lokoja and Osara Campus with Dr. Isa I.A. as the first Rector.
To establish an institution where theory is blended with practice through imparting knowledge, which will culminate in shaping the individual and society.
To establish an institution where theory is blended with practice through imparting knowledge, which will culminate in shaping the individual and society.
18. Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa
Admission Requirements for Fed Poly Nasarawa
- Candidates seeking admission to the Polytechnic for National Diploma (ND) courses must obtain and complete the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms and take the examination.
- For admission into a chosen courses of study, candidates must satisfy the admission requirements of the Polytechnic. For some courses, specific School/Departmental pre-requisite requirements have to be satisfied.
- New Admissions will normally be made published only in October/November every year.
- At the time of Screening and Registration at the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, each candidate will be required to present the originals of the certificates or any other acceptable evidence of qualifications on the basis of which the offer of admission has been made.
- If it is discovered at any time that a candidate does not possess any of the qualifications which he/she claims to have obtained, the published admission into the Polytechnic shall stand withdrawn.
- Students shall, on admission pay to the Polytechnic, all the fees prescribed by regulations at the Polytechnic’s Micro-finance Bank..
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL THE SCHOOLS
All regular full-time courses are of two years duration except for the part-time courses, which vary depending on the programme.
Admission to all National Diploma (ND) courses are mainly through the U.T. M. E. except for the HND-Full-time that is based on an entry eligibility aptitude test by the Computer Based Testing (CBT) means, and the part-time via the screening of the evidences of qualification claimed or attained.
(a) 5 ‘O’ level credit passes at not more than two sittings preferably including English Language.
(b) However a pass in English Language in any of the following examinations would be acceptable
19. Delta State Polytechnic
Based on a feasibility study by the Technical Committee on Higher Education in year 2001, the Delta State Government confirmed the following observations:
(i) There were 38 Polytechnics in the country (17 federal and 21 State Government owned Polytechnics) but none was located in Delta State.
(ii) Delta State produces 43,000 applicants annually for 8,000 places in higher Education and there was considerable shortfall in the provision of facilities.
Against this background, the Government of Delta State entered into partnership with University of Westminster, London, to collaborate in securing management and technical support which led to the establishment of Delta State Higher Education Project (DSHEP) and the subsequent founding of the three new Polytechnics at Ogwashi-Uku, Otefe-Oghara, and Ozoro as well as College of Physical education, Mosogar.
20. Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu
The Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu came into existence under the then East Central State of Nigeria Edict No 10 of 1973 promulgated by the administrator of East central State – Ajie Ukpabi Asika. Prior to the establishment of the great IMT, there existed up-till 1967 the College of Technology which offered courses in Engineering and Laboratory Technology leading to the award of Ordinary Diploma, the Institute of
Administration which provided short in-service training of various grades, the Co-operative College which offered a certificate course in Co-operative Studies to Co-operative inspectors from the ministry.
These institutions were autonomous and were located differently. The College of Technology was part of the Ministry of education and the Ministry controlled it. The Ministry of Establishments controlled the institute of Administration while the Co-operative College was directly under the Ministry of Rural development.
All these institutions were staffed by civil servants who were posted there from the Ministry and could be re-posted to other departments or units according to the needs of the Civil Service.
In 1970 there arose the need to establish a higher institution of learning for upgrading and training of our men and women in technological, managerial and engineering fields.
This need was pursued vigorously and in October 1971 the Ukpabi Asika administration decided to merge the former College of Technology with the Institute of Administration. To give effect to this decision both the institute and the College came under the unified control of the cabinet office on 1st April, 1972.
In October of the same year the Administrator of the East Central State appointed a Provisional Council. This council was charged with determining and recommending to the government an appropriate structure of an autonomous, technical as well as professional and managerial man-power in the subject areas indicated by the state and national needs.
The Council pursued its task with vigour and vision and submitted a report early in April 1973.Thus on 31 May 1973 the Edict No 10 of 1973 titled “The Institute of Management and Technology Edict 1973” was promulgated.
The edict took effect from 1st July 1973 and thus gave birth to what is now known as the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu. Dr. Ukwu I Ukwu became the first chairman of council while Professor M.O Chijioke became the first rector and The first Registrar in the person of Mr. B.O. Akwukwuma.