The Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri started in 1978 as the College of Technology, Owerri. It was established by the lmo State Government through Edict No.16 of April, 1978. It took off at its temporary site at the premises of Government Technical College (GTC), Owerri along Egbu Road in the same year, with an initial modest intake of 250 students. In 1981, the institution moved to its present and permanent site located in Nekede,· about five kilometers from the metropolitan capitol of lmo State,Owerri. The campus comprises about 138 hectares of land.
By the lmo State Government Edict 0.61987, the name of the institution was changed to”The Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri”. six years after, and precisely on 7th April 1993, the Federal Government took over the institution. Consequently, it was again renamed “The Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri”.