There are dozens of research institutes in Nigeria but only one of them runs multiple monotechnics which award National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND). This institute is Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN). Four of the forty three federal monotechnics listed in the current brochure of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), four of them are under the control of this research organization.
The oldest among these colleges is the Federal College of Forestry, Ibadan (FCFIBADAN). According to the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) which regulates monotechnics, this college was founded in 1939. Currently, the provost of the college is Dr (Mrs) A. F. Aderounmu. Interestingly, she is the second female head on the college (the first being Dr (Mrs) M. O. Ojo, her predecessor). FCFIBADAN runs part time and full time programs in four four ND and five HND courses. These courses cut across Forestry, Agriculture and Wood Utilization. The oldest program in the college is Forestry Technology.
The second college under the control of FRIN is Federal College of Forestry, Jos (FCFJOS). This college which is located in Plateau state was founded as Northern Nigeria School of Forestry, Jos in 1958 (going by information obtained from NBTE). The ownership of the institution was however transfered to the Federal Government in 1972. FCFJOS has ten ND and HND programs. Statistics, Computer Science and Science Laboratory Technology are among the courses floated by the college under the leadership of Dr (Mrs) Victoria Ibukun Joshua.
FRIN is also responsible for the control of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization (FCFM), Afaka (in Kaduna). According to the regulatory body, this institution was established in 1976. It currently has six departments under the leadership of Dr M. C. Okonkwo.
The last NBTE approved college that is gazette under the research institution is Federal College of Wildlife Management (FCWM), New Bussa in Niger State. This school (which was established in 1978) has 7 ND courses and 4 HND courses under the leadership of Dr Titus A. Ampitan who is a Plant Nutritionist and Silviculturist.
Admission into these colleges is sought through JAMB. Therefore, applicants into the institutions must have minimum of five SSCE credits and the required JAMB cut off marks to be eligible for admission to the institutions.
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