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Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto was established by the Sokoto State Government vide law No.2 of 2002. It could be recalled that the former Sokoto State established a polytechnic at Birnin-Kebbi and TalataMafara which were lost to present Kebbi and Zamfara States in 1991 and 1996 respectively.

Consequently, the government then in its determination to uplift the standard of education in the State merged the former HaliruBinji College of Arts and Science and SaniAbacha College of Administration and upgraded them to the status of a polytechnic (Polytechnic of Sokoto state) with Dr.Abubakar Umar Dikko as the pioneer Rector of the Institution and late AlhAbubakarZakiTambuwal as the first Chairman, Governing Council of the Institution. The Polytechnic took off in July, 2001 with five colleges and later developed into seven. It was renamed to Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic, Sokoto, in 2016.


The Polytechnic has the following Colleges:


  1. College of Science and Technology (CST)
  2. College of Engineering (COE)
  3. College of Administrative and Business Studies (CABS)
  4. College of Arts and Humanities (CAH)
  5. College of General Studies (CGS)
  6. College of Environmental Studies (CES)
  7. College of Agriculture (COA)



The Objectives of the Polytechnic include:


  1. To provide courses of study, training and research in engineering, science, technology, secretarial/business and preliminary studies for the purpose of technological and economic advancement of the State, as well as provide entry requirements into university and other Institutions of higher learning.
  2. To offer courses of study at Certificates, National and Higher National Diploma, Polytechnic Diploma and other levels in Arts, Language, Science, Technology and other branches of learning with the ultimate purposes of service to the society and beyond.
  3. To provide, through teaching, research and other means, the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to the needs of the society and beyond.