There are several kinds of degree awarding institutions in Nigeria. From Universities to polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education, this list is quite broad. Polytechnics place second on this ranking, coming just right behind the Universities.
Usually the average Nigerian youth opts for the polytechnic when universities refuses to grant them admission. Polytechnics are for technical education, so those who are interested in having careers as some form of technologists or technicians should consider this. But the truth is that Nigeria is not an industrialized nation, so your technical education may not do you much good.
If you still want to attend a polytechnic, here are the best ten in Nigeria. The polytechnics where judged by to what extent they have fulfilled the guidelines set by NBTE (Nigeria Board of Tertiary Education) standard. Last but not least the educational facilities of the institution and international recognition.
This is the best polytechnic as at this time in Nigeria. Some of Nigeria’s greatest artists and scientists have studied and taught here, such as the great impressionist Proff Bruce Onabrekpeya. This school was established in 1962, and it is locate in Auchi, Edo State. This award winning institution offers Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in 22 course. From Engineering to business and the arts. If you want qualitative education, then this is a place to be. The Rector is Dr (Mrs) Philipia .O. Idogho.
Yaba College of Technology
This institution was established in 1947, in pre-colonial Nigeria. It is situated in Yaba area of Lagos. Moreover, as with anything that has to do with Lagos (at least when compared with other states) Yabatech is an excellent institution. In my opinion, it is better than many Nigerian Universities. The school offers courses in various fields of learning, from arts to engineering and commerce related course. In total 34 courses are offered at Yabatech. If you intend to get into a university through direct entry, then Yabatech is a place for you. Yabatech students are considered ahead of many other schools for direct entry. This is of course a testament to the quality of her education. The school offers both full time and part time programs. And also offers Post Graduate courses. Not many polys in Nigeria offer post graduate programs. The Rector of the institution is Dr (Mrs) Kudi Ladipo.
Federal Polytechnic Nekede
The Rector of this institution is Dr (Mrs) Ugochi Njoku, she happens to be the wife of Professor Celestine Njoku, who was one time FUTO VC. Fedponek is located in Nekede, Owerri West Local government of Imo state. And at the backyard is the prestigious Federal University of Technology Owerri. The expanse of land on which this institution is located in big, therefore they are able to cater for a large number of students. They offer fulltime programs (morning and evening) and then part time (weekend) programs. In Poly Nekede students are trained in the following broad fields; engineering technology, environmental design and technology, humanities and social science, Industrial and applied science and business management technology.
The Polytechnic Ibadan
Located in largest city in West Africa, poly Ibadan is 4th on our list. The school is reputed for offering distance learning programs from many Nigeria states. They offer courses in the following broad areas: Engineering, science, environmental technology, financial management. The school is also attractive to students because of her stable academic calendar and functional library. The Rector of the poly Ibadan is Proff Olatunde .O. Fawole
Lagos State Polytechnic
Laspotech is located in Lagos state Nigeria; it is owned and run by the Lagos state government. The school has a campus at Ikeja, which also doubles as their ICT centre amidst campuses in other parts of Lagos. Laspotech is reputed for been great for those wanting to study Engineering. There was once talk of it being converted into a University, but up until now, it hasn’t been changed.
Osun state Polytechnic
Ospoly is located in Iree Osun State. They offer both part time and full time programs in fields of Engineering, Sciences, Management and Environmental Technology.
Federal Polytechnic Ilaro
Ilaro (for short) is a popular federal government polytechnic, it is very popular amongst the westerners. It is located in Ogun state, the school is very organised and this is a very attractive quality of the school.
Imo State Polytechnic
This is one school amongst the numerous higher institutions of learning in Imo state. Imo poly is owned and run the government of Imo state. It is located at Umu-agwo, just on the fringes of Imo state, somewhere along Owerri-PortHarcourt road. Umagwo has a very vibrant social life; this is something a lot of students love about the school. It was established initially as a College of Agriculture in 1978, but in 2007, it became a poly.
Federal Polytechnic Oko
This school is located in Anambra state, South Eastern Nigeria. Okopoly was initially a College of Arts, Science and Technology, until it was upgraded to a polytechnic. They offer diploma in information technology, applied science and technology, general studies and off course engineering technology.
It is a Federal Polytechnic located in Northern part of Nigeria. Kadpoly was amongst the polytechnics that was mapped out to being upgraded to a university. But what happened, I can’t tell. Kadpoly is an old institution, and they have churned out some of the best technologists in Nigeria, especially in textile technology. There was a time when the textile industry in Nigeria was booming. But now the story is very different. Irrespective of what is happening in the north, Kadpoly embraces diversity, that is in tribe. I once met some of their students at a conference and there was a healthy mix of southern and northern tribes.
So here you have it, the best polytechnics in Nigeria. You can visit their websites to learn more about the schools.