Brief History of the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management Uromi (NICTM)

The National Institute of Construction Technology and Management Uromi (NICTM) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a specialized institution (Monotechnic) with the name “National Institute of Construction Technology (NICT), Uromi” in 2014. The then President, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan granted the provisional approval in honor of Chief Tony Anenih, being considered a great Nigerian and an Elder Statesman who had served the country in various capacities.

The President’s approval of the institution was announced by the then Vice-President of Nigeria, Alhaji Namadi Sambo at a birthday reception in honour of Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, the Iyasele of Esan Land on his 80th birthday anniversary, in December 2013. NICTM was saddled with the responsibility of training Nigerian youths for medium and top management positions in the construction and Information technology industries at the time buildings, and bridges were collapsing in the country.
Following the provisional approval, the Federal Government in March 2014 set up an implementation committee to work out the modalities and requirements necessary for the take-off of the Institution The Committee identified an appropriate area of land, measuring 1.7km by 1.7km where the institution will be sited and was subsequently gifted to the institution by the Onojie of Uromi, His Royal Majesty Zaiki Anslem Eidenojie, on behalf of Uromi Community. The landed property is now the permanent site of the Polytechnic.

However, it was not feasible to begin academic activities in the undeveloped permanent site, at the time of approval by the Federal Government, thereby prompting Chief Tony Anenih in whose honour the institution was attracted to his homeland Uromi, also to unconditionally donate his private business facility known as Nova Hotels Uromi along with the facilities in the hotel for the take-off of the Polytechnic.
To ensure the smooth take-off of the newly approved institution, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria appointed the pioneer principal officers
·         Engr. Prof. Sunday O. Onohaebi                 Rector
·         Dr. (Mrs.) Martha Ajonye                              Deputy Rector
·         Mr. Ephraim E. Okwor                                   Registrar
·         Mr. Henry Okujagu                                        Bursar
·         Mrs. Ijeoma Ann Achi Okidi                          Polytechnic Librarian
At the time of establishment, the institution was approved to run as a monotechnic with the name “National Institute of Construction Technology (NICT) Uromi”. Being a monotechnic, the institution could not fully fulfill its mandate of producing diplomats well-rounded in all aspects of the construction industry including from conception to management. This gap necessitated the drive to upgrade the institution from a monotechnic to a full-fledged polytechnic, with the addition of Management to its name. Thus, upgrading the National Institute of Construction Technology (NICT) Uromi, to the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management Uromi. The bid to actualize the upgrade of the institution brought together major stakeholders across Esan land and beyond who pulled resources and machineries in motion to actualize the goal.
Worthy of note in this regard is the sponsorship of a Bill seeking the establishment of the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Uromi, Edo State. This Bill was sponsored by Hon. Sergius Ogun in the House of Representatives. The Bill was passed in the House of Representatives on the 14th of May, 2019.  Similarly, Senator Clifford Ordia, Senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, sponsored the Bill in the Senate, and ensured its passage on 28th November, 2018.
The passage of the Bill led to an Act to establish the National Institute of Construction Technology and Management (NICTM) to provide full-time and part-time courses and manpower training in construction and engineering technology, applied and management sciences and other fields of study, and make provision for the general administration of the Institute. The effort of Late Mr. Nelson Ayewoh, an indigene of Uromi, who was the Clerk of the Senate, in ensuring that the Bill gets to the president for his assent is quite remarkable. The Bill was assented to by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari on the 24th day of June, 2019.
The Polytechnic took- off academic activities in 2015/2016 academic session at the temporary structure located at the former Nova Hotel donated to the polytechnic by Chief Tony Anenih. The inconveniences experienced in the temporary structure was alleviated when the Polytechnic relocated to the institution’s permanent site along Uromi-Ugboha Road, Uromi, Edo State, Nigeria. Furthermore, on the 2nd day of December, 2021, after the inauguration of the institute’s new principal officers namely, Mrs. Dayo Akinbowale, Registrar; Mr. Sunday Esogban, Bursar; and Mr. Isaac E. Anyira, the Polytechnic Librarian; the Polytechnic Commenced full academic and administrative activities in the permanent Site.