The Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri was initially established as the College of Technology, Owerri by Edict No. 16 dated 1st April 1978. In 1987, it was renamed, The Polytechnic by Imo State Government. The Institution was taken over by the Federal Government in April 1993 and is now governed by Federal Polytechnics Act to perform the following functions:
1. To provide fulltime or part-time courses of Instruction and training;
a) In technology, applied science, commerce and management and
b) In such other fields or applied learning relevant to development of Nigeria in the areas of Industrial and Agricultural.
c) Production and distribution and for research in the development and adaptation of techniques as the council may from time to time determine.
2. To arrange conferences, seminars and study groups relative to the fields of Learning specified in paragraph (a) of this section (I)
a) To perform such function as in the opinion of the council may serve to promote the objectives of the Polytechnic.