Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru started as Zungeru College of Advanced Studies (ZUCAS), Zungeru. The State Government established ZUCAS by the Niger State Edict No. 7 of 1979 although, it actually began functioning on 10th January, 1977 at the Temporary Site at Government College, Bida. In September, 1984, the institution moved to its permanent site located midway between Zungeru and Wushishi Towns. The objectives of the College then included the provision of Basic Remedial Studies for the purpose of preparing students for University entry requirements, and offering courses at sub-degree level. The 6-3-3-4 System of Education in Nigeria necessitated a re-definition and re-orientation of the position of the Schools of Basic Studies and Colleges of Advanced Studies. In realization of this, the Niger State government through Cabinet Conclusion No. C 4(11) of December, 1990 approved the conversion of Zungeru College of Advanced Studies (ZUCAS) into Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru. Subsequently, Niger State Edict No. 9 of 1991 was enacted with effect from 1st October, 1991 to back up the conversion. The goals and objectives of the Polytechnic as enshrined in Section 4 of the Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru Edict No. 9 of 1991 are;

  1. To provide instruction, training and research in science, technology, commerce, humanities and management
  2. To offer special training courses in these and other related areas with the ultimate purpose of service to community, and
  3. To offer course in technology at National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels.

The Polytechnic presently offers ND and HND Programmes in the Science, Engineering, Environmental and Management Studies as detailed below.

Vision: To make the Polytechnic a world class institution for tertiary qualitative human capacity development training in research, science and technology with entrepreneurial skills for self reliance.

Mission Statement: To develop the Polytechnic to a technological center of excellence through the effective teaching and research for self reliance and technological competence.

The Niger State Government, through the Executive Council Conclusion No. NGS/95/24 approved the merger of College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS), Bida with the Niger State Polytechnic, Zungeru with effect from July, 1997. The Polytechnic operates a collegiate system with the Main Campus in Zungeru and Bida Campus, Bida. The College of Science and Technology is in Zungeru while the College of Administrative and Business Studies is in Bida. Both Colleges are headed by a Director with Deans heading the Schools therein.