The Academic programme of Chemistry Department started in 1981 under the Chemical Sciences and Technology sub-discipline. This sub-discipline was one of the five programme areas in the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, SNAS. The Chemistry Department headed by DR. C.I. Anunuso started Academic Activities in 1981/82 session with 18 students. These pioneer students graduated during the 1985/86 session with B.Tech. (Hon.) degree in Industrial Chemistry.
As consequence of reorganizations, the Industrial Chemistry programme area attained the status of an Academic Department in 1988/89 session. The academic curricula were based on the NUC Minimum Academic Standards. During the first Accreditation Visitation by NUC between 10th and 14thDecember, 1990, the Department of Chemistry earned full accreditation status for two options of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) in Pure Chemistry and B. Tech. in Industrial Chemistry. In the 1997/98 session, the Department of Chemistry graduated seventy (70) candidates in these two degree options compared with eighteen (18) candidates in 1988/89. In 2005/2006 academic session the final year class contained 216 candidates out of which 111 candidates graduated. Since then, the Department has been graduating students between 100 and 200 in number up to last graduation.