Nigerian institutions are undoubtedly one of the best in the continent. With the recruitment of highly-trained staff and the standardized method of learning, these institutions have produced skilled and talented graduates to the workforce.
Nigeria boasts of several reputable institutions, ranging from universities to polytechnics and colleges of education. We have, however, listed the top 10 polytechnics in Nigeria.
Auchi Polytechnic is a federal government-managed and funded polytechnic situated in Auchi, Edo State. Founded in 1963, it is one of the first four polytechnics established in the country.
Auchi Polytechnic was initially established as a technical college, and the institution offered Ordinary Diploma level courses. These courses were limited to business and engineering.
The institution saw the need for skilled manpower in several disciplines and at a higher level. The Bendel State Government upgraded it to a polytechnic in 1973. The polytechnic was founded with the aim of training skilled manpower in several disciplines such as environmental studies, engineering, art and design, science, and business studies up to the Higher National Diploma (HND) level. The Federal Government took over Auchi Polytechnic from Edo State Government in 1994.
Auchi Polytechnic is undoubtedly one of the oldest and reputable polytechnics in Nigeria. The institution has enrolled over 10,000 students in several courses.
2. Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State
Yaba College of Technology, popularly known by its acronym YABATECH, is an institution of higher learning located in Yaba, Lagos State. Founded in 1947 as Yaba Higher College’s successor, the institution has enrolled over 16,000 students.
In 1969, it attained autonomous status by virtue of Decree 23. This granted the institution the opportunity to provide full-time and part-time courses in commerce and management, technology, agricultural production and distribution, and so much more.
The college is the first higher institution in the country to establish a Centre for Entrepreneurship Development.
The institution has 8 schools and 34 academic departments. 64 accredited programmes are being run in YABATECH, at National Diploma (ND), Higher National Diploma (HND), and Post-HND levels. Certificate courses are also offered in the institution.
Yaba College of Technology offers B.Sc. (Ed) courses in Technical and Vocational education. It also offers Postgraduate Diplomas in Engineering. These programmes are run in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The college boasts of over 15,000 students that have enrolled for both full-time and part-time programmes.
Yaba College of Technology is one of the leading and most reputable higher institutions in Nigeria that has produced skilled and highly-trained graduates.
The Polytechnic, Ibadan (Poly Ibadan)
The Polytechnic, Ibadan, popularly known as Poly Ibadan, is a Nigerian polytechnic founded in 1970 and located in Ibadan, Oyo State. The institution of higher learning is popular for its unique slogan ‘Ise loogun Ise’ which means ‘Work (is) the medicine for poverty.’
Founded in 1970, the polytechnic succeeded the Technical College, Ibadan. It operates on a faculty system. The Polytechnic, Ibadan has five faculties.
The Polytechnic, Ibadan was founded to provide an alternative institution of higher learning to universities, especially in technical skill acquisition. It aims at providing training and development of techniques in Environmental, Engineering, Applied Science, and a host of others.
Poly Ibadan is one of the most recognized institutions in Nigeria, which has produced several prominent personalities.
Federal Polytechnic, Bida
Federal Polytechnic, Bida, popularly known as Bidapoly and Polybida, is a government-owned and funded institution of higher learning located in Bida, Niger State and founded in 1977.
Federal Poly Bida started academic operations in 1978, with over 211 students. The polytechnic currently comprises 57 NBTE accredited programmes, 31 departments, and 7 faculties.
The seven faculties include: School of General Studies, School of Business Administration, School of Information and Communication Studies, School of Applied and Natural Resources, School of Environmental Studies, School of Engineering Technology, and School of Financial Studies,
Federal Polytechnic, Bida is known as one of the oldest and highly recognized polytechnics in Nigeria.
Moshood Abiola Polytechnic
Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, popularly known as MAPOLY, is a state-owned institution of higher learning founded in 1980. Located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, it was established during the military administration of Harris Eghagha as Ogun State Polytechnic.
The institution is named after the late Nigerian businessman, politician, and 1993 elected president of Nigeria, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola. MAPOLY was initially established as Ogun State Polytechnic. In January 1979, the institution admitted its first set of 220 students.
Oke-Egunya and Onikolobo were the two temporary campuses that were initially established. Between April 1985 and March 1988, the polytechnic relocated to the Ojere campus.
MAPOLY has five schools which include: Science and Technology, Business & Management Studies, Engineering, Communication & Information Technology, and Environmental Studies.
The Centre for Part-Time and Diploma Programmes, on the other hand, is in charge of all part-time courses.
Moshood Abiola Polytechnic is one of the most recognized polytechnics in Nigeria. Several prominent personalities, who are making marks in the world, were products of the polytechnic.
Kaduna State Polytechnic
Kaduna State Polytechnic is a federal government-managed and funded institution of higher learning established in 1956 and located at Tudun Wada area of Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State. The institution was formerly known as Kaduna Technical Institute.
The establishment of Kaduna Technical Institute followed the decision made by the British Government to upgrade Yaba Higher College to a technical institute and establish technical institutes in Enugu and Kaduna.
The aim of Kaduna State Polytechnic is to groom students with vocational and technical skills that will be needed for sustainable development in the country. The school fees have been made affordable to students, thereby making it convenient for students to pay their fees without struggles while they focus on their studies. Kaduna State Polytechnic also provides efficient facilities such as a stable power supply and hostel accommodation.
Kaduna State Polytechnic offers National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in several fields such as Engineering and Agriculture.
Kaduna State Polytechnic, popularly known as KADPOLY, is one of the oldest and best polytechnics in the country. It has over 138 programmes across 44 academic departments. The institution has also enrolled over 25,000 students.
Federal Polytechnic, Offa
The Federal Polytechnic, Offa, popularly known as Offa Poly, is a federal government-owned polytechnic established during Ibrahim Babaginda’s administration in 1992. Located in Offa, Kwara State, Offa Poly offers National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes at undergraduate levels.
Lagos State Polytechnic
Lagos State Polytechnic is a government owned higher institution situated in Ikorodu, Lagos State. Popularly known by the acronym LASPOTECH, the polytechnic was formerly called Lagos State College of Science and Technology.
At the undergraduate level, the polytechnic offers National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) courses.
With the promulgation of Lagos State Edict No. 1 of 1978, Lagos State Polytechnic was founded with retroactive effect from June 1, 1977.
Management and Business Studies, Accountancy and Finance, Insurance, Secretarial Studies, and Basic Studies were the five departments that began classes in January 1978 at a temporary location (now the Isolo Campus). The latter offered GCE ‘A’ Level Arts in the departments of Arts and Sciences.
The School of Agriculture in Ikorodu was integrated with the institution on August 1, 1978, and it became the nucleus of the new department site in Ikorodu. The Lagos State Government changed the name of the institution from Lagos State College of Science and Technology (LACOSTEC) to Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) in 1988, after ten years of operation.
Lagos State Polytechnic currently has over 56 accredited programmes. On its website, Lagos State Polytechnic operates a portal (EDUPORTAL): www.mylaspotech.edu.ng. The platform is currently being used to process admissions and registrations for full-time students and School of Part-Time Studies students.
The polytechnic, which started lectures with 287 pioneer students in 1978, now has about 50,000 full-time and part-time students. Currently, the polytechnic has three campuses: Isolo, Surulere, and Ikorodu. The latter now serves as the institution’s permanent location.
Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro
Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, also known as ILAROPOLY, is a government-owned institution located in Ogun State. The institution is one of the reputable polytechnics in Nigeria that educate and train students.
Federal Poly, Ilaro has five faculities which include: Communication and Information Technology, Pure and Applied Sciences, Engineering, Management Studies, and Environmental Studies.
The institution has bagged several awards. Some of the awards include Best Rector in Nigeria and Best Polytechnic in West Africa.
Federal Polytechnic, Oko
Federal Polytechnic, Oko, previously known as College of Arts, Science and Technology, is a polytechnic located in Oko, in Orumba North Local Government of Anambra State. The institution was taken over by the Federal Government in 1993 and renamed Federal Polytechnic, Oko.
Fed Poly Oko is surrounded by centres of commerce and industries such as Onitsha and Aba (well known for Commerce and Industries). It has three campuses including the main campus at Oko, Atani campus, and Ufuma campus.
Federal Polytechnic, Oko, is one of the most popular institutions in the country.