According to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), there are currently sixty four approved private polytechnics in Nigeria. The first generation polytechnics were accredited between 1991 and 1999. Let us check out these set of polytechnics
Our Saviour Institute of Science, Agriculture and Technology is the oldest polytechnic established by a cleric in Nigeria. It is also the oldest private polytechnic in the Eastern Region of Nigeria. The institution was established in 1988 by Reverend Father Edeh, a professor. Academic programs however commenced in 1990 but the institution received approval of the National Board for Technical Education (NABTEB) in 1991. The rector of the polytechnic is Professor Michael Okwudili.
Lagos City Polytechnic (LCP) is the first private polytechnic in South West Nigeria. The proprietor of the institution is Engineer Babatunde Odufuwa. The school began academic operation at Ikeja, Lagos State in 1990 but received NBTE accreditation in 1995. There are more than eight programs at National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels.
Grace Polytechnic was founded as Grace Institute by its proprietor, Chief O.O. Onamuti (PhD) who is now late. The institution which is located in Surulere, Lagos however received approval to run as a polytechnic in 1999. This polytechnic is the first private polytechnic with multiple campuses in Nigeria. The current rector of the institution is Dr O. Adeosun.
Wolex Polytechnic was one of the first set of private polytechnics that were approved in the early days of the current fourth republic. The institution was founded in 1996 by Festus Adepoju (PhD) but was approved in 1999. The institution is located along Iwo-Ejigbo road at Iwo in Osun state. The current rector of the institution is Mrs. Adepoju Esther Bolanle Chinenye.
The polytechnic, Ile Ife began as a tutorial college in 1984. It was however converted to a polytechnic by the proprietor Dr. Ramon A. Adedoyin in 1994. It was named Universal College of Technology, Ile Ife until 2009 when the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) approved a change of name for the institution. This school run 8 National Diploma (ND) programs and 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) programs.
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