Department of Science Laboratory Technology

About us

History of the Department

The Science Laboratory Technology Training Programme (SLTTP) was introduced in FUTO in 1986 as a part-time training scheme for our laboratory staff to acquire additional skills as laboratory assistants, supervisors and technologists. At the inception of the programme, FUTO applied for and obtained accreditation from the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT) for the award of the Laboratory Assistants Proficiency Certificate and the intermediate Diploma which is equivalent to the National Diploma (ND). By 1989, the programme had obtained full accreditation for the award of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in the following option areas:

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Geology/Mining
  • Microbiology/Virology
  • Physics/Electronics

As a result of the Federal Government stand on certificates and diplomas awarded by Universities, NISLT in the 1998/99 session subjected all courses in all her affiliate Universities to being evaluated and accredited by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE). The result of the accreditation exercise was the award of National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) to our deserving students. Those who successfully completed the HND programme were formally called up to serve in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.

However, due to the policy decision of the National Council of Education, the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT) stopped organizing examinations for diploma students of Nigerian Universities. The Board recognized only diploma graduates of Monotechnics and Polytechnics. However, some Universities committed to training in Science Laboratory Technology were encouraged to mount full-fledged degree programmes in various Science Laboratory Technology disciplines.

Sequel to this, the Senate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri at its 291st meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2005, approved the offer of B.Tech degree programme in Science Laboratory Technology with five-year duration, inclusive of one-year industrial training exposure. The four areas of Science Laboratory Technology Training Programme (SLTTP) previously offered at the Higher National Diploma level were approved for the degree programme.



S/N Names Duration
1. Prof. S. C. O. Ugbolue 1987 – 1989
2. Prof. U.B.C.O. Ejike 1989 – 1991
3. Prof. K.E Osondu 1991 – 1992
4. Prof. A.I. Ukoha 1992 – 1996
5. Prof. B.N. Onwuagba 1996 – 1998
6. Prof. U.B.C.O. Ejike 1998 – 2002
7. Prof. M.O.E. Iwuala 2002 – 2006
8. Prof. G.E. Nwankwor 2006 – 2008
9. Prof. F.C. Eze 2008 – 2012
10. Prof. F.O.U Osuala 2012 – date




S/N Names Duration
1. Prof. K O. Okpala 1987 – 1991
2. Prof. L.E. Aririatu 1991 – 1994
3. Prof. F.C Eze 1994 – 1995
4. Prof. F.O.U Osuala 1995 – 2000
5. Prof. I.M. Mejeha 2000 – 2003
6. Prof. F.C. Eze 2003 – 2004
7. Prof. I.C. Ndukwe 2004 – 2006
8. Dr O. A. Ojiakor 2006 – 2008
9. Prof. V.I. Ibekwe 2008 – 2009




S/N Names Duration
1. Prof. V.I. Ibekwe 2009 – 2012
2. Dr C. Iroegbu 2012 – 2015
3. Prof. D. D. O. Eya 2015 – 2017
4. Prof. E.C. Nwogu 2017 – 2018
5. Dr C.N. Okereke 2018 – 2019
6. Dr Sylvia O. Anyadoh-Nwadike 2019 till date



The vision of the Department of Science Laboratory Technology is to contribute to the technological development of the nation by training professionals in laboratory technology management and administration with competence and expertise in any of the following options:

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Geology/Mining
  • Microbiology/Virology
  • Physics/Electronics

Our Mission

The mission of the Department is to create a conducive environment for the effective teaching, research and training of certified science laboratory professionals to meet the technological needs in the academia/research institutes/industries and hence contribute to national development. By forging a strong academic partnership with the regulatory body – the Nigerian Institute for Science Laboratory Technology (NISLT), the graduates produced will possess basic scientific training as a foundation for the development of technology and applied sciences.

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