The Department of Science Laboratory Technology started its academic operations in 1979 with about 30 students enrolled into National Diploma Programme. Over thirty two years of its continuous operation, the department has grown in size and scope of operations.
Today, the department runs the following N.B.T.E. accredited programmes:-
- National Diploma Programme
- Higher National Diploma Programme in
(a) Biology/Microbiology Option
(b) Chemistry/BioChemistry Option
(c) Physics/Electronics Option
The Science Laboratory Technology programmes are designed to produce laboratory technologists that are capable of applying laboratory equipments and techniques in analytical, teaching and research work in schools, research institutes, hospitals and industry and are able to maintain such equipments. The department has fully equipped laboratories for all options it offers. There is also a well-equipped joint instrumentation laboratory that caters for research work in both the department of Science Laboratory Technology and Food Science and Technology.
The academic strength has grown from less than eight in 1979 to forty-five in 2013. All options in the department are serviced by well trained and qualified staff. Most of the academic staff have benefited from the staff development programme of the Polytechnic and have acquired higher degrees and industrial training necessary for the all round training of students.
The Department has been headed at various periods by the following:-
- Mr. A.W. Omotowa 1979 – 1985
- Late (Chief) J.S. Bamgbose 1986 – 1991
- Mr. T.A. Oke 1992 – 2000
- Late Ms. I. Ekandem 2000 – 2003
- Mr. K. Ekanem 2003 – 2010
- Mal. A. Abdullahi 2010 – Date
The first three heads of departments listed above had at various times served the Polytechnic in the capacity of Deputy Rector.
The department has five buildings housing its laboratories, and the Electronic workshop. It also has an animal house where rabbits and rats are bred for practical and research work. The botanical garden is being reactivated and is expected to be functional by the end of the year.
The Biological Microbiology unit of the department offers diagnostic services which include inter-alia blood, urine, faecal and pregnancy tests.
The Chemistry/Biochemistry unit offers analytical services which include inter-alia soil, water, oil, simple and complex cations and anions.
The Physics/Electronics units are engaged in the servicing, repairs and general maintenance of equipments. The unit also produces teaching aids for post primary schools in the country.