History of NACEST
The Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST) first stated as Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (ITES) and was later changed to Nigerian Army Institute Technology of Environmental Studies (NAITES). The idea all started in 1978 when the Federal Military Government conceived the idea of building the a School of military engineering that would provide the technical knowledge required by the Nigerian Army Engineers at the lower, medium and higher levels. This gave birth to the establishment of Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering (NASME). It can be rightly said that General Olusegun Obasanjo who then the Head of State and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces initiated this idea. It is worth nothing that General Obasanjo himself was personnel of the Nigerian Army Engineers who had earlier risen to become its Inspector.
The construction of the NASME was therefore based on what he saw in the course of his military training in other advanced countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada. Consequently, the structures provided in NASME as well as the facilities were enough to provide a learning environment for the study of course of ND and HND levels in technical fields. These structures were however underutilized through the years until 2001 when the then Commandant NAES, Major General MC Asohor decided to explore the possibility of establishing National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) accredited courses in NASME. His intention was to ensure optimum utilization of the facilities of the NASME as well as assist in producing skilled manpower for the Nigerian economy to enhance its growth.
In order to actualize this objective, NBTE was invited to inspect facilities in NASME in November 2001. After a comprehensive inspection, NBTE granted provisional approval to run ND programmes in Architecture, Building Technology and Quantity Surveying. In November 2002, NAITES commenced ND programmes in these three (3) fields. NBTE revisited NAITES in December 2004 and in principle granted approval to the Institute for the running of ND programmes in three other fields.
Before the visit of the NBTE in December 2004, the Institute had restricted admissions to personnel of the Nigerian Army. When full accreditation was finally granted in 2004, the management of the Institute decided to open admissions to personnel of sister services of the Armed Forces as well as civilian population. The first and second set of the students trained in the Institute graduated in 2004 and 2005 respectively, The Departments then were as follows:
|a.||Department of Architectural Technology||- HND & ND|
|b.||Department of Quantity Surveying||- HND & ND|
|c.||Department of Building Technology||- HND & ND|
|d.||Department of Civil Engineering||- ND|
|e.||Department of Computer Science||- ND|
|f.||Department of Surveying & Geo – Informatics||- ND|
All admissions into NAITES were strictly based of the entry requirements as specified by the National Board of Technical Education.
In 2010, NAITES was restructured to have Colleges under it with the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies (NAITES) located here in NASME as the main campus and other Colleges in other barracks of the Nigerian Army. Therefore, NAITES in this organogram assumes the parent body from which all the Colleges will originate.
All the departments under NAITES were maintained until this 2012/2013 academic year when 2 and 6 courses at HND and ND programmes respectively were added. The new departments mounted under NAITES are as follows:
|a.||Department of Computer Science||- HND|
|b.||Department of Surveying & Geo – Informatics||- HND|
|c.||Department of Mechanical Engineering Tech||- ND|
|d.||Department of Chemical Engineering Tech||- ND|
|e.||Department of Electrical/Electronic Tech.||- ND|
|f.||Department of Estate Management||- ND|
|g.||Department of Urban & Regional Planning||- ND|
|h.||Department of Business Administration & Mgt||- ND|
|i.||Department of Banking and Finance||- ND|
|j.||Department of Computer Engineering||- ND|
|k.||Department of Soil Laboratory Tech.||- ND|
in 2016/2017, NAITES was directed to relocate to Biu in Bornu state and a permanent site was approved by the executive governor for the institution to operate upon. The first phase of the relocation was the School of Business and Management Sciences, comprising of departments of Accounting, Banking and Finance, Business Administration and Management, Mass Communication, Public Administration while other schools were to join later. NAITES was later upgraded to a university and was granted the accents of the Federal Executive Council and National University Commission giving birth to the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB). Subsequently, the Nigerian Army Education Corps was directed to subsume the remaining part of NAITES in Makurdi. A further directive was given to propose another nomenclature for the defunct institution. This gave birth to the new name: The Nigerian Army College of Environmental Science and Technology (NACEST).
NACEST is envisioned to be a key player in the education and integral formation of professionally competent, service-oriented, principled, and productive citizens. Through its tri-fold function of teaching and training, research, and extension service, the institution aims to provide a system that is characterised by high public esteem and demand with high internal efficiency. It will be a prime mover of the nation’s socioeconomic growth and sustainable development through the provision of trained and competent manpower. The Polytechnic hopes, over the early years of this new century, to consolidate its leadership in flexible off-campus, on-campus and online learning. It will become the recognised leader in a number of highly significant research and development areas. It will achieve a totally integrated web-enhanced academic, administrative and business information system. It will become the “Polytechnic of first choice” for an increasing number of school leavers and will be identified as a prime source of web-based training and commercial expertise with a diverse international customer base.
Guided by this vision, the missions of Kaduna Polytechnic system are:
- Prepare Nigerians regardless of gender, social-economic status, creed and ethnic affiliation, to take control of their own destiny, liberating them from dependency and endowing them with initiative, creativity, critical thinking, entrepreneurial skills, democratic values and an appreciation of work and the world of work
- To educate and train Nigerians for higher productivity and responsible citizenship in an environment where educational access is equitable;
- To accelerate the development of professionals ready to meet international competition;
- To inculcate nationalism and patriotism in the hearts and minds of the students and graduates;
- To provide expanded access for lifelong learning and training.
The Objectives of establishing Kaduna Polytechnic are to:
- Produce semi-skilled, skilled and technical manpower necessary to restore, revitalize, operate and sustain the Nigerian economy and substantially reduce unemployment;
- Provide trained manpower in applied sciences, technology and commerce, particularly at professional grades;
- Provide the technical knowledge and vocational skills necessary for agricultural, industrial, commercial and economic development;
- Provide people who can apply scientific knowledge to the improvement and solution of environmental problems for the use and convenience of man.
- Harmonise and interrelate with industry and the labour market to provide people with competence-based training that is relevant to the socio-economic needs of society.
- Enable young men and women to have an intelligent understanding of the increasing complexity of technology towards becoming enterprising and self-reliant.