- National Diploma (ND) Level
- Higher National Diploma (HND) Level
- Computer Science
- Office Technology and Management
- Electrical/Electronics Engineering
- (Telecommunication option)
- Banking and Finance
- Business Administration and Management
- Computer Science
- Office Technology and Management
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
On behalf of the Governing Council, Academic Board, Management, Staff and all students of Grace Polytechnic, I welcome you to Grace Polytechnic. A Polytechnic where only `The Best is Good Enough’. A Polytechnic where we train students for international economy and self- reliance.
The Federal Government of Nigeria did not allow the establishment of private polytechnics until January 1993 when the Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Decree of 1985 was amended. It was for the promulgation of this Decree that Grace Institute aspired to become Grace Polytechnic.
Dr (Chief) O.O. Onamuti is hitherto the Chairman Governing Council of the second private polytechnic in Nigeria.
The man, Dr (Chief) O.O. Onamuti, without scepticism has proved beyond reasonable doubt via his empowerment strategy and scholarship scheme to indigent students from standard six throughout their respective professions in the universities, that he is a man of unparalleled benevolence whose proven integrity is evident in the lives of Nigerian students. He is a devoted Christian in the Anglican faith and leaves no stone unturned in service to God. He is a member of the Anglican Christian Fellowship, a member of the English Bible Class, Deputy Leader of the Guild of Stewards, Cathedral of St. Jude, Lagos. He was honoured with the title of ‘Right Regent’ (Otun Balogun) in his home church, St. Paul’s Church, Omu, Ijebu where he doubles as the Chairman, Omu Progress Union of St. Paul’s Church, Omu Ijebu, Ogun State.
He was recognised locally and globally and decorated with honours home and abroad. In 1971, he was elected as a Fellow of the Incorporated Phonographic Society, London (The oldest Business Education Society in the World). Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, Nigeria honoured him with a Golden Jubilee Merit Award for distinguished quality: Immense contribution and outstanding performances as a Molusian on 30 January 1998. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Education, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
He was honoured with a Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Business Educators in October 2005 and an Award of Excellence by the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) for his entrepreneurship and leadership skills in November, 2007.
Also in November 2014, the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) presented an Award of Excellence to the Chairman, Governing Council and Proprietor, Grace Polytechnic, Dr (Chief) O.O. Onamuti in recognition of his leadership acumen, passion, professional capabilities, contribution/dedication towards the educational sector and nation building in Nigeria.
In 2012, Grace Polytechnic was recognised as one of the ‘Best Enterprises’ in the field of education in Nigeria by the Socrates Committee, Oxford, U.K.
Grace Institute of Secretarial and Management Studies has been in the forefront for the development of Technical Education in Nigeria ever before we became a polytechnic. We took this bold step to become a polytechnic for the purpose of technological development of Nigeria.
At Grace Polytechnic, we believe that no country will transfer its technology to Nigeria; it is Nigerian indigenous institutions that will develop our technology.
Information Technology has turned the whole world into a global village. Our motto which is ‘ONLY THE BEST IS GOOD ENOUGH’ will serve as a base for our philosophy: ‘To foster technical, academic excellence aimed at producing a self-sufficient, practical–oriented individual in a highly stimulating environment devoid of discrimination within this Global Village’.
In addition to the National Board for Technical Education Curriculum, Grace Polytechnic has developed other curricula to complement that of the NBTE in terms of enrichment. This makes our graduates stand out at all times and excel in any form of competition with products from other sister institutions in Nigeria.
Members of our academic staff are well-qualified and experienced. This is evident in the fact that older polytechnics attract lecturers from the Institution to enrich their staff list. In addition, the academic staff do not go on strike (or any form of protest) that characterises the disruptions of academic calendars in Nigeria`s tertiary institutions.
Students of Grace Polytechnic enjoy a personal rapport with all members of staff which enhances the friendly, cordial and conducive atmosphere for learning.
We are happy to welcome you to Grace Polytechnic as an institution of higher learning and of highly skilled technocrats contributing their own quota to technology development in Nigeria and all over the world at both the National and Higher National Diploma levels.
Products of Grace Polytechnic are all over the world including Nigeria Universities to pursue their degree programmes.
Some have completed their Master’s Degree while a few are on PhD programmes. Our students have been participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) since 2011.
Computer Engineering and Electrical/Electronic Engineering departments are functioning effectively with all the necessary equipment on the ground. Early in 2015, we want to mount the National Diploma in Estate Management and Science Laboratory Technology. We need assistance to get the necessary equipment for these programmes. Established Universities can assist with their equipment for the two programmes: Science Laboratory Technology and Estate Management.
We welcome short-term staff exchanges as well as staff development training from institutions abroad.
Grace Polytechnic is the second private polytechnic in Nigeria. The Polytechnic was established in 1999 following the Federal Government of Nigeria allowing private investors in the provision of tertiary education in Nigeria.
Grace Polytechnic has two campuses: one in Surulere, Lagos Central, and the other in Omu, Epe Division of Lagos State. Both campuses enjoy an atmosphere of peace and quietude as they are located away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The Polytechnic awards National Diplomas in Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Administration and Management, Computer Science, Office Technology and Management, Computer Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Statistics; as well as Higher National Diplomas in Accountancy, Computer Science, Office Technology and Management, and Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Telecommunication option).
The institution is endowed with qualified and experienced lecturers in all programmes running.
As a private institution, our students have the advantage of completing their programmes as scheduled without any form of disruption.
Our graduates also participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on successful completion of their Higher National Diploma programmes.
Grace Institute of Secretarial and Management Studies (GISMS) was established in July 1962 by the late doyen of Business Education in Nigeria Mr C.O. Onamuti.
Mr Onamuti was the first Nigerian to pass Shorthand at 140 wpm and 70 wpm typewriting from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Joint Examination Board (JEB) Shorthand and Typewriting Teacher’s Diploma. He was also the first Principal of the Federal Government Training Centre, Lagos.
On his demise, his son Mr Oludare Onamuti who was at different times Verbatim Reporter (Debates), Chief Editor (Hansard), Clerk of Committees, Deputy Clerk of the Senate, the Director of Administration of the National Assembly of Nigeria, took over the proprietorship of the Institute in 1984.
The Institute was located in an ideal surrounding suitable for serious studies both at Lagos and at Omu. At Lagos, the main campus was sited in a quiet area along Joseph Shyngle Close, off James Robertson Street, Surulere, Lagos – a close which is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Lagos city life. The International Campus, Omu–Ijebu, Ogun state is specially designed with boarding facilities to accommodate students from other African countries and Nigerians who relish an atmosphere of peace and quietude and in addition, prefer to live in hostel accommodation. The Institute was officially recognised by the Lagos State Government in May 1983 and the Federal Government in 1987. It operated like a monotechnic in that it offered instructions and training leading to the award of Ordinary, Intermediate and Advanced National Diplomas in Secretarial Studies. The certificates were awarded by the Management Services and Training Office of the country’s National Secretarial Examinations Board.
For long, the Management of the Institute has been looking for opportunities of a conversion to a private polytechnic able to award its own national and international recognised diplomas and certificates.
Nigeria operated a mixed economy. The government has for long realised that no amount of government activity can effectively replace the efforts of a broadly based and progressive private sector. The introduction of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) in 1986 was aimed at removing several areas of restrictive administrative controls and adopting a free-market oriented economy that would encourage private enterprises, efficient use of the limited resources available.
To fully tap the potentials of the private sector in the area of education, the Education Decree of 1985 was amended in 1993 to allow companies incorporated in Nigeria or an individual or association of individuals to establish tertiary institutions. The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) thereafter produced guidelines. The Board requires the submission of five documents before a licence can be issued by the government for the commencement of an ND/HND awarding institution.
They are: A Need Survey/Feasibility Report, an Academic Plan, a Master Plan, a Financial Plan and lastly, a completed Application Form.
A Consulting Firm, Femi Olomola & Co. was commissioned to carry out all the required studies and produce all the documents/reports.
The last of the reports was forwarded to the National Board for Technical Education in March 1999. The National Board for Technical Education conducted its advisory/approval visit to the Institute on 18/19 May 1999. The Board’s approval for the establishment of Grace Polytechnic was conveyed to the Management of Grace Institute of Management Studies in a letter dated 16/10/1999 with Ref. no. TEB/PRO/F/11/107.
For the takeoff of the Institution, four programmes were approved, namely ND Secretarial Studies, ND Computer Studies, ND Accountancy and ND Business Studies. Approval to mount the four programmes was conveyed to Grace Polytechnic in a letter dated 19 March 2001 with Ref. no. TEB/PRO/P.22/A/19/VOL. 1/93.
The polytechnic, after a successful initial accreditation applied for ND Banking and Finance and Pre-ND in Business and Finance which got the approval of the Federal Government through the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
In order to become a full-fledged polytechnic, the Institution was later inspected for, ND Electrical/Electronic Engineering, ND Computer Engineering as well as ND Statistics. All these programmes are currently running at the Polytechnic.
In addition, the Polytechnic took a giant stride further in 2010 by applying for HND Accountancy, HND Office Technology and Management (formerly Secretarial Studies), HND Computer Science and HND Electrical Electronic Engineering (Telecommunication option).
The Polytechnic currently has eight academic programmes running at the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) levels:
Programmes running at the HND Level include:
While those running only at the National Diploma level are:
Grace Polytechnic`s International Campus at Omu lies on 51 hectares of land. It is currently housing the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in addition to the School of Management and Business Studies which also exist at the Lagos-Surulere Campus.
Born on April 6, 1964, Mr Olayiwola Adeosun attended the Seventh-Day Adventist Grammar School, Ile Ife, Osun State from 1978 to 1984. He proceeded to the Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State for his National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from 1985 to 1987.
He continued to Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State, where he bagged BSc (Ed) Hons in Economics with Second Class Upper Division in 1992. He joined the service of Grace Institute of Secretarial and Management Studies in 1995 after the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps.
He rose to the post of Vice-Principal in 1999 when Grace Institute of Secretarial and Management Studies attained the status of Polytechnic and transformed to Grace Polytechnic.
He served as the first Head of Department of Business Studies, and later, HOD General Studies.
He attained an MEd Management in 2001 and commenced his PhD (Economics of Education) in 2007, a programme that has been concluded, waiting for final approval of the result by the Lagos State University Senate.
He rose from Lecturer II in 1999 to Chief Lecturer in 2012. He has served as Director of Schools, Deputy Rector (Academics) as well as Member and Chairman of various Committees in the Polytechnic.
He has taught at Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ogun State University, Federal College of Education (Technical), as well as the National Open University, Lagos, all on a part–time basis.
He is an Associate Member of the Nigeria Institute of Management; a Fellow of the Association for Information and Management Science; a Member of the International Professional Managers Association, UK and the National Education and Professional Development of the IPMA-UK, Nigeria Forum.
He became the Ag Rector of the Polytechnic in 2012.