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Departments and Programmes

We have four Departments namely: 

1. Fisheries Technology

2. General Studies

3. Marine Engineering

4. Nautical Science

We currently offer the following full time programmes:

-Higher National Diploma: Fisheries Technology

-Ordinary National Diploma: Marine Engineering, Nautical Science and Fisheries Technology

-Preliminary National Diploma: Science and Technology

Part time programess available include:

-Post Graduate Diploma: Maritime Technology Management

-Higher National Diploma: Fisheries Technology, Maritime Technology Management, Maritime Safety Technology, Nautical Science and  Marine Environmental Management Technology

-Ordinary National Diploma: Fisheries Technology, Maritime Technology Management, Marine Engineering, Nautical Science.


The Department of Fisheries Technology run National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in Fisheries Technology.

The National and Higher National Diploma Programmes are terminal programmes and are structured to last for two sessions (four semesters). The National Diploma Programme incorporates three to four months of supervised industrial attachment at the end of the first year or the first two semester of the programme.
The curricula of ND and HND Programmes of the Department consist of four main components. These are:
  1. General Studies/education
  2. Foundation courses.
  3. Professional courses.
  4. Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). This is restricted to National Diploma Programme. The curricula are rich with courses which will enable a graduate to do the following:
    • Determine suitable environment, plan, layout, construct and develp fishponds/farms.
    • Carryout all aquaculture practices.
    • Employ modern techniques in stocking, feeding, preparation of feed, harvesting an all other associated management practices in fishing enterprises.
    • Construct and operate simple fish processing and preservation equipment.
    • Construct fishing gears.
    • Operate and maintain different types of simple fishing gears and crafts (Nets, traps, lines, outboard engines etc).
    • Assist in Fisheries extension and cooperatives.
    • Service fishing boats and engines.
    • Provide leadership in marine expedition.
The goal of the ND Fisheries Programme is to produce Technicians who will be able to apply modern technology to cultivate and rear fish and other aquatic animals at commercial level, participate in marine fishing and processing, preserve and market fish in large scale for human and other purposes.

The goal of the Higher National Diploma (HND) programme is to produce Fisheries Technologist who will be able to play leadership role in the application of modern techniques and skills in commercial scale fish farming and marine fisheries and in the processing, preservation and marketing offish and other aquatic animals.

These are the original goals but with the passage of time a lot of inputs have been made into the curricula that the products of the department can now venture into many different areas of endeavour such as fisheries extension services and management of living aquatic resources.

In order to achieve the objectives of the programmes, the department is enriched with professionals who teach the core/professional courses and foundation courses.

The general studies courses are taught by lecturers from General Studies Department while elective courses are handled by lecturers from the Department of Marine Technology and Nautical Science. Part time lecturers are also engaged from Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR).

For the achievement of the practical component of the programmes, the department has at its disposal well equipped and well manned laboratories which include Physics, Chemistry and Biology Laboratories, Applied Laboratory, Net Loft, Drawing Room, Concrete Fish Ponds and a fish farm at Igbolomi, Akodo, Lagos, Nigeria.

The nearness of Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and Federal Department of Fisheries (FDF) to the college is an added advantage. Thus the Department makes use of the Mock Bridge, the Water Recirculatory System Facility, Canning Line, Smoking Kiln and the Feed Mill in NIOMR for instructions and research. There are also the Navigational facilities ini the Nautical Science Department and Marine Engineering Workshop in Marine Technology Department for Navigational courses and workshop practices, respectively.

For easy access to information on Fisheries, the College Library is enriched with books, journals and magazines on Fisheries Technology. The NIOMR and Federal Department of Fisheries Libraries are also at the disposal of our Lecturers and Students.

The graduates of Fisheries Technology Department of this institution are employed and employable in a wide range of industries, such as the Fishing industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, Research institutes, Universities and College of Agriculture. Some are engaged by banks as credit officers. Others find jobs as managers of commercial fish farms and ponds.

The products of the National Diploma Programme of the department are highly sought after for direct entry universities admission. Available records suggest that the Fisheries Technology programmes of the College are very competitive and compare favourably with what obtains in other parts of the world.

To be eligible for admission into the National Diploma Fisheries Technology (ND), candidates should posses WASC, SSCE or their equivalents with credit passes in Biology/Agriculture, Chemistry, and any other two from the following subjects: Geography, Mathematics, Economics, Physics, and Statistics. At least a pass in English Language and



The programme is designed to impart theoretical knowledge and practical skills to students in Engineering Design, Practice, Management, Operation, Repair and Maintenance of Marine Engineering Systems and Equipment suitable for technicians.

The programme comprises of course-work, project and Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES). The course-work and project will take a minimum of two sessions and maximum of three. And the SIWES will take one calendar year. The maximum duration of the course should not be more than FIVE sessions.

Admission requirements for the programme are:

(i)    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level, or the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) with credit passes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and one other subject from Technical Drawing, Further Mathematics, Geography, plus a pass in English Language at not more than two sittings.
(ii)    The National Technical Certificate (NTC) with credit passes in English and the four relevant subjects.

Candidates admitted for the programme shall be required to take prescribed course as indicated in the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) curriculum and other relevant courses as may be introduced by the department.

The programme is structured to consist of four semesters of classroom, Laboratory and Workshop activities in the college, and one Calendar year of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).

Students shall be required to register for prescribed courses at the beginning of each semester. The process of registration shall take two weeks from the day of official resumption. Fines shall be paid for late registration. Materials for registration shall be obtained from the course coordinators.


The Nautical Science Department is one of the three regular programmes of the College saddled with the responsibility of producing on a yearly basis qualified manpower to meet the demands in the maritime sector of the nations economy.

The Department runs a two year programme that leads to the award of a National Diploma Certificate in Nautical Science. The structure of the National Diploma Programme (ND) consist of four semesters of Classroom, Laboratory and Workshop activities in the College.

The entry requirement for the National Diploma Programme (ND) in Nautical Science is the General Certificate of Examination (GCE) ordinary level, the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) and the National Examination Council (NECO) with credit passes in four subjects, which must include Mathematics, Physics and any other two subjects from the following: Chemistry, Further Maths, Geography, Basic Electronics, Technical Drawing and Statistics. A minimum of a pass in English is also required.

The programme is centred around courses designed to equip students with skills needed to navigate the different terrains of the marine environment. The programme is very intensive and requires that prior to graduation; students obtain credit in at least 24 courses.


The employment prospects are excellent, once qualified you could work aboard any type of ship, from a small coastal vessel to a large cargo ship, passenger ship, Oil tankers, Fish carriers, Offshore support vessel and service boat. Holidays, pay, welfare and benefits vary from company to company but are generally very good.

Many seafarers spend their whole career at sea while others decide to work ashore either in Shipping Companies or in a host of other firms in the marine industry.

Capt. N. Olabanjo


Most programmes offered in polytechnics and monotechnics such as the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology are interdisciplinary in their curriculum content. For most dischiplines, courses such as mathematics and the sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Technical Drawing and Geography) are taught as foundational courses. These courses are handled by the General Studies Department of this College.

The courses have been structured in units in line with the provisions of the National policy on education which makes it mandatory for all institutions to introduce the credit unit system that allows for the transfer of courses completed in one institution to another similar higher institution.

The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) is vested with the responsibility of laying down the standard of skills to be attained in polytechnics and monotechnics according to the Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Decree 16 of 1985. It also made it mandatory that all programmes of such psot secondary technical institutions should be accredited by the board. The General Studies Department was created to meed the re-accrediation requirement of the NBTE for the Fisheries programme in 1993.


The General Studies Department is a service department that has as its main function the teaching of foundation courses such as basic sciences: (Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Technical Drawing, Mathematics, Statistics, etc), Geography, English and Communication as well as Citizen Education and Sociology.

These courses form the bedrock of the three regular programmes in the college: Fisheries Technology, Nautical Sciences and Marine Engineering. These programmes are interdisciplinary in their curriculum content and do require the courses itemized above as foundation courses to enable students have a proper grasp of their professional courses, and curricula and also prepare them for future tasks in their chosen career.

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