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The Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State, was established in 1983 by Decree No. 33 of 1979, as amended in Decree No. 28 of 1987, with a mandate to provide full-time and part- time courses of instruction and training in technology, applied science, commerce and management, and in such other fields relevant to the needs of the development of Nigeria. The Polytechnic, commenced its academic activities on 30th January, 1984, with a total of 220 students, spread across seven Departments, viz: Accountancy, Business Administration and Management, Secretarial Studies, Architectural Technology, Estate Management, Building and Quantity Surveying and Liberal Studies. The seven Departments were splited between the School of Business Administration and the School of Environmental Studies.

The Institution started with a total of 223 staff made up of 57 senior and 166 junior staff. The Polytechnic has since grown and developed into a big citadel of learning, and is among the leading Polytechnics in Nigeria. The Polytechnic now has over 20, 000 students spread across seven (7) Academic Schools, namely:

The Polytechnic offers about 28 different programmes, at both the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels, all of which have been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

In addition, the Polytechnic has produced a large number of world-class graduates, wealth and job creators who are now leading critical sectors of national and global economy. It also prides itself as a major producer of nation builders, technocrats, democrats, politicians and captains of industries. The Polytechnic is committed to the admission ratio of 70:30 in favour of science and technology, basic minimum standard, and a good measure of academic stability.

Consequently, the Polytechnic has become the centre of attraction to thousands of admission seekers, nationally and internationally. In line with the NBTE's laid-down standards and the Nigeria's policy on technological drive, the Polytechnic emphasizes that its students must have a mastery of both theoretical and practical aspects of their various disciplines, and that they must pay special attention to laboratory and workshop practicals, both on campus and industrial attachment outside. That, we believe is the only way they can become employers of labour rather than jobseekers on graduation.