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Brief History

Brief History

The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology assumed its present status as a full fledged technological institution in 1992. Before then, the College was known as the Federal School of Fisheries which was established in 1969 as a vocational training institute to address the manpower requirement of Nigeria's fledging in-shore fleet.

The phenomenal growth of the Nigerian Fisheries sector over the years gave rise to a corresponding need to generate a higher level of indigenous expertise to service the core and ancilliary segments of the sector. This need further necessitates a comprehensive re-examination of the scope and depth of training being offered at the relevant insititutions. Out of this re-examination emerged the decision by the Nigerian Government to transform the then Fisheries school into a composite College of Technology and the expansion of its mandate to incorporate tertiary-level training in Fisheries Technology, Marine Engineering, and Nautical sciences. Currently, the college offers courses in these disciplines up to the National Diploma(ND) and Higher National Diploma(HND) levels.

Up to 1992, the College operated under the supervision of the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR). In February of that year, the College became autonomous even though it maintains significant linkages with the institute to date in establishment and training matters.

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