Oldest State Universities In Nigeria
There are a total of about 48 state universities in Nigeria, The first state university in Nigeria dates as far back as 1972. Bridging the gap between formal education and the common man, was one of the major reasons behind the birth of these institutions. These universities are being built and managed by the government at the state level. So, today we’ll be looking at the Top 10 Oldest State Universities In Nigeria.
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1. Rivers State University (1972)
The Rivers State University, formerly Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) is the first state university in Nigeria. RSUST is located at Nkpolu Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. The university was established in 1972 making it the first state-owned university in Nigeria. Although established as a college university then, In 1980 the school was granted a full-fledged university. The school currently has an estimated student population of around 32,400.
2. Enugu State University Of Science And Technology (1980)
Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUTECH as it is fondly called was founded as the now-defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). ESUTECH is the second oldest state university in Nigeria. ESUTECH was established on July 30, 1980. To bridge the gap between technology and the people was the reason for the birth of this university.
3. Imo State University (1981)
Imo State University, IMSU as it is fondly called is the third oldest state university in Nigeria. IMSU is located in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. IMSU was established in 1981. The establishment of this institution came after a law was passed on the state’s assembly floor seeking her establishment. The university admitted a total of about 392 pioneer students on 23rd October 1981.
4. Ambrose Alli University (1981)
Fourth on this list is Ambrose Alli University. AAU is located in Ekpoma Edo State, Nigeria. It was established by the then governor of Bendel State (now Edo and Delta States), Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli in 1981. When established, the university was first known as Bendel State University, then Edo State University, it was later changed to its present name in commemoration of the late academic don Professor Ambrose Folorunso Alli.
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Notable Alumni: Tony Elumelu, Festus Kayemo, Don Jazzy, Omawumi, Chris Oyakhilome
5. Adekunle Ajasin University (1982)
Adekunle Ajasin University is the fifth oldest state university in Nigeria. AAUA is a state government-owned university. Adekunle Ajasin University was first established as Obafemi Awolowo University in March 1982 by the late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin who governed the Ondo state as of then. The succeeding military government of the Navy, Commodore Michael Bamidele Otiko changed its name to Ondo State University in 1985. The school was later named after Adekunle Ajasin in a bit to immortalize him for his immense contribution to the establishment of the institution. The university is located in Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. The school offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The school currently boasts of over 20,000 students spread across its six (6) faculties.
6. Ekiti State University (1982)
The Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti (EKSU) was established as Obafemi Awolowo University, Ado-Ekiti on 30 March 1982 by the administration of late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin, the first civilian governor of Ondo State. EKSU is located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The school has about 25,000 students spread across its Ten (10) faculties.
7. Lagos State University (1983)
The Lagos State University, LASU as it is fondly called is the seventh oldest state university in Nigeria. LASU was established in 1983. The Lagos State University is located in Ojo, a town in Lagos State, Nigeria. The university has an estimated population of over 35,600 students. The university also offers courses at Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. the school has 4 campuses which are located in Ojo (main campus), Ikeja, Surulere, and Epe.
Notable Alumni Includes: Wizkid, Desmond Elliot, Chioma Chukwuka
8. Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology (1990)
Formerly Oyo state University. The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH as it is fondly called is the eighth oldest state university in Nigeria. LAUTECH is located in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria. LAUTECH was Established on April 23, 1990. The name of the University was changed to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology after the creation of Osun State from Oyo State. The school has about 30,000 students spread across its seven (7), faculties
9. Benue State University (1992)
10. Delta State University (1992)
Delta State University, DELSU as it is fondly called is a state-owned university founded on 30th, April 1992 by the then Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru. The main campus located at Abraka, Delta State, and two campuses at Anwai, Asaba, and Oleh. DELSU has an estimated student population of 39,000 students, the School has 13 faculties spread across the 3 senatorial districts in the state.
There you go, the top 10 oldest state universities in Nigeria, please kindly share your thoughts in the comment section.