The Federal Polytechnic Bida


Overview and Facts

The Federal Polytechnic Bida can rightly be described today as a global center for research and teaching and has been consistently ranked among the very best in Nigeria. Since 1977, The Federal Polytechnic Bida has embraced innovation and its entrepreneurial perspective encouraged staff and students to challenge convention, lead in discoveries and explore new ways of learning thus the well-deserved but earned popular tag of BIDA STANDARD which emphasizes a culture of excellence in all that the institution does. At The Federal Polytechnic Bida, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that change the world.


The Abridged History of the Institution

The Federal Polytechnic Bida began in 1977 following the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to move to Bida the then Federal College of Technology, Kano. In the same year the first Principal Professor J. W. Brooks, a Canadian, was appointed on the 5th of September 1977. The Bida College of Technology as it was called then embarked on the task of recruiting pioneer staff. The first academic session started April 1978 with 211 students and a staff strength of 11 senior staff and 33 junior staff. With the promulgation of Federal Polytechnic Decree number 33 of 1979, the Bida College of Technology automatically became The Federal Polytechnic Bida.


The permanent site of The Federal Polytechnic lies along Bida Doko Road and covers a land area of about 400 hectares that is approximately 2km by 2km. Physical development of the site started in early 1979 and by October that same year, the administrative staff and some departments had moved to the permanent site. The development continued in phases and the polytechnic is housed comfortably in its permanent site today.


Objectives of The Federal Polytechnic Bida

The objectives of the institution are clearly encapsulated in the Vision and Mission statement of Polytechnic


Vision Statement

A leading Polytechnic with enviable and excellent academic standard, training students to be technologically skilled, morally sound and entrepreneurial.


Mission Statement

To build an enabling campus environment and train students in technology and management through the earned ‘Bida Standard’ for sustainable development.


Some of the strategic goals the present leadership team of the Polytechnic led by Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi seeks to achieve in the foreseeable future include the following:


  • Sustaining the existing programmes and introduce new relevant programmes that will meet the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond.


  • Ensuring quality and standards are not compromised
  • Making staff and students of the Polytechnic ICT compliant in line with the current global realities;
  • Collating and managing adequate information for the Polytechnic;
  • Arousing intellectualism and entrepreneurial competences leading to self-actualization and economic benefits;
  • Promoting Human Resource Development and capacity enhancement;
  • Providing a conducive and aesthetically attractive campus environment for academic activities and leisure;
  • Providing functional engineering structure and enhance the lifespan of facilities on campus;
  • Promoting community service development by being a driving force for constructive change among stakeholders such as Alumni, non-Governmental Organizations, Bida community and environs;
  • Working hard to become a renowned Polytechnic in the development of local, national and global technologies through constructive research and innovation;
  • Inculcating and developing good ethical conduct by observing the tenets of the Polytechnic and the SERVICOM charter;
  • Establishing and maintaining policies, programmes, facilities and schemes that will promote high quality welfare package for staff and students and bring up healthy and satisfactory life on campus;
  • Consolidating on the existing collaborations and linkages with various Organizations, Donor Agencies, Research Centers, Institutions etc relevant to the vision and mission of the Polytechnic;
  • Installing a sustainable and effective internal revenue generation and control  system that guarantees adequacy, efficiency and accountability;
  • Putting efficient administrative structure and management process based on transparency, accountability and respect for stakeholders’ input in the decision making process;
  • Engendering industrial harmony among staff and students and between unions and management with a view to achieving peaceful and cordial relationship in a serene environment to sustain the Bida Standard and so on.


Institutional Stakeholders

The present rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. Abubakar Abdul Dzukogi believes in the sharing of responsibilities and has always insisted that all hands of the institutional stakeholders must be on deck to drive the process of transforming the Polytechnic. The promotion of academic excellence through autonomous intellectual rigor as well as sustained collaboration and partnerships is in the front burner. All the departments in the polytechnic are up and doing realizing that collaboration and innovation are the heart of any meaningful human progress.


Among the institutional stakeholders driving the process is the Academic Unit of the polytechnic ensuring that all academic programmes are in line with the regulations of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).


The unit is in the forefront of the management’s vision for a robust academic development. Another strategic department is the Registry which is the engine room for the institution’s non-academic operations.



The Federal Polytechnic, Bida at a Glance

In the over forty years of its existence, the Polytechnic has grown to become one of the most respected and influential Polytechnics in Nigeria. The Polytechnic presently has seven schools and 31 departments and 57 NBTE accredited programmes and eight new ones being proposed.  Before now, the Polytechnic had only four schools and twenty three academic departments.


The School of Basic and General Studies has five (5) departments namely, Languages, Social Sciences, Legal, Basic Studies and Mathematics. The Polytechnic is proposing to have the following programmes: Social Development (Community Development), Social Development (Social Welfare) Social Development (Youth and Sports), Industrial and Labor Relations, Preliminary Studies in Sciences and Engineering IJMB Courses, Remedial Studies, Financial Mathematics and Industrial Mathematics.


The School of Applied and Natural Sciences has seven (7) departments namely: Department of Hospitality Management, Nutrition and Dietetics, Statistics, Science Laboratory Technology, Physics, Biological Sciences and Chemical science.


The School of Information and Communication Technology has three (3) departments namely: Computer Science, Office Technology and Management, and Mass Communication, but proposing to have Library and Information Sciences Department. New programmes like Software Development and Cyber Security will be added to the existing ones.


The School of Engineering Technology comprises of five (5) departments namely: Agricultural and Bio-environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  The Institution is also proposing to have the following new departments: Computer Engineering, Foundry Engineering, Welding and Fabrication Engineering, Industrial Safety and Environmental Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering.


The School of Environmental Design and Construction Technology has six (6) departments namely: Architectural Technology, Building Technology, Quantity Surveying, Estate Management and Valuation, Surveying and Geoinformatics and Urban and Regional Planning.  


The School of Financial Studies has two (2) departments namely: Accountancy, and Banking and Finance but proposing to have two (2) more departments, namely Insurance Department and Department of Taxation.


The School of Business Administration and Management has three (3) departments namely: Business Administration and Management, Public Administration, and Marketing, but also proposing to have four (4) more Departments to include: Purchasing and Supply, Local Government Studies, Entrepreneurship Development and Co-operative Economics and Management.   



The following programmes are currently available:

ND Accountancy

ND Agric & Bio-Env. Engineering

ND Arch. Technology

ND Banking and Finance

ND Building Technology

ND Business Administration

ND Chemical Engineering

ND Civil Engineering

ND Computer Science

ND Electrical Engineering

ND Estate Management & Valuation

ND Hospitality Mgt

ND Marketing

ND Mass Communication

ND Mechanical Engineering

ND Nutrition & Dietetics.

ND Office Technology & Mgt.

ND Public Administration

ND Quantity Surveying

ND Science Lab. Tech.

ND Statistics 

ND Surv.& Geoinformatics

ND Urban & Regional Planning

HND Accountancy

HND Agric & Bio-Env. Engineering (Farm Power & Machines

HND Agric & Bio-Env. Engineering (Post Harvest)

HND Agric & Bio-Env. Engineering (Soil & Water)

HND Arch. Technology

HND Banking and Finance

HND Biochemistry

HND Biochemistry/Microbiology

HND Biology

HND Biology/Microbiology

HND Building Technology

HND Business Admin & Mgt

HND Chem/Biochemistry

HND Chemical Engineering

HND Chemistry

HND Civil Engineering

HND Computer Science

HND Electrical Eng (Electronics & Telecommunication Option )

HND Electrical Eng (Power & Machine Option)

HND Environmental Biology

HND Estate Management & Valuation

HND Hospitality Management

HND Marketing

HND Mass Communication

HND Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing Option)

HND Mechanical Engineering (Plant Option)

HND Microbiology

HND Office Technology & Mgt.

HND Physic/Electronics

HND Public Administration

HND Quantity Surveying

HND Statistics

HND Surv.& Geoinformatics

HND Urban & Regional Planning


The Institution is proposing to create School of Agricultural Technology which will have four (4) departments namely: Agricultural Technology, Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Fisheries Technology and Animal Health Technology with the following programmes: Crop Production and Animal Production, Agricultural Extension and Management, Soil Science, Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Fisheries Technology and Animal Health Technology.


Notable Achievements

In recent times the Polytechnic has experienced tremendous development not only in her academic programmes but also infrastructurally. New academic programmes are being developed while existing ones are being reviewed continually to meet contemporary demands and prepare our products for future challenges arising from the present globalized and knowledge driven-world economy.


In order to provide a more conducive environment for scholarship in the wake of dwindling resources from government, the Polytechnic has amongst other things completed plans to establish relations with relevant bodies and institutions worldwide. She has also explored other sources of funding through her Endowment Funds, proposed Alumni Funds, Related Activities and Funds from her internally generated revenue as well as through international Funding Agencies. Of significant note however are the following achievements:


  • The growth of the staff strength from forty-four (44) in 1977 to one thousand five hundred and forty-four (1544)


  • Over 70% of the senior have Master’s degree with 50 lecturers possessing PhD degrees in diverse areas of specialization.


  • The current student enrollment has risen from two hundred and eleven (211) in 1977 to fourteen thousand (14,000).


  • The Polytechnic has graduated fifty-five thousand nine hundred and eight (55,908) students as at 2016. Among the graduated students, we have captains of industries, deputy governors, high-flyer broadcasters and political stalwarts.


  • A total of fifty-seven (57) programmes have full NBTE accreditation and eight (8) new ones are being proposed.


  • Centers of Excellence in Solar Energy Research and Chemical Engineering are already established while plans are on ground to transform Mass Communication and Science Laboratory Technology Departments to viable centers of excellence.


  • It is of interest to know that staff of the Polytechnic have made breakthrough in various fields of research and fabrication. We have invented Solar Oven, and Solar Dryers. With the renewed emphasis on renewable energy worldwide, the Polytechnic management under the leadership of Dr. A A Dzukogi has continued to give all necessary support to this effort. Other fabricated products designed and constructed by the staff of the Polytechnic are: Biogas Digester, Molding Machine for Polythene waste conversion, Plastic threshing and milling machine, E-Voting Software, Home Security System with SMS alert using GSM Module, Automatic Changeover with Generator shutdown and starter, Artificial Rainmaker, Cassava Grater and Shear butter Sheller and so on and so forth.


  • Between 2014 and 2015 over 40 million naira was released by TETFund for lecturers in Federal Polytechnic Bida to carry out research projects and these different research projects were successfully executed.


Our Students

  • The diplomat rating of our students by industries is very high as per reports students bring to the institution after their SIWES and IT programs.


  • One of our students from chemical engineering department Miss Agwu Ulochi Gift won 2015 national essay presentation competition organized by the Chemical Engineering Society of Nigeria, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. Ulochi beat contestants from seven universities to win the first position. In the same vein, Alhassan Musa and Yakubu Yunusa both of Chemical Engineering, came second at the National Quiz Competition organized by the same society in August 2014. Again, Samson Oyetunji won gold medal while Buhari Dauda and Whyte T. Chiamaka won bronze medals at the 3rd National Students Mathematics Competition organized by the National Mathematical Center Abuja in April 2013. Only recently, students of the department of Mechanical Engineering designed and constructed a chicken feed milling machine


Did You Know?

  • The Federal Polytechnic Bida will start running degree programmes in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology Minna by October 2017? The degrees will be awarded in Technology related courses – Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Building Technology and Quantity Surveying.  The Institution will very soon sign an affiliation agreement with Kwara State University, Malete to run degree programmes in the following areas:


-          Business Administration

-          Public Administration

-          Mass Communication

-          Computer Science



  • The Polytechnic is home to the popular Bida Brass, Beads and Glass works.