Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi belongs to the second generation of Polytechnics in Nigeria, having been established in 1976 as a College of Technology by the then Sokoto State Government vide State Edict No.5. The College took off in October 1976 at Government Technical College, Farfaru Sokoto with a total of three classrooms, one laboratory, three offices and a Staff Room.
The College moved to its temporary site in Birnin Kebbi in 1978 after acquiring some structures from the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) and large expanse of land for its permanent site. The institution became a Polytechnic in April 1980 and was named “The Polytechnic of Sokoto State” This marked the beginning of new inspiration and rapid transformation of the institution, and culminated into construction, and equipping of an ultra modern workshop, Faculty of Engineering building, students hostels, cafeteria, staff houses and access roads. As new facilities were provided, new programmes were also introduced and ultimately a rapid increase in the population of students and staff ensued.
Following the creation of Kebbi State from the old Sokoto State, the school was renamed "The Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi" which was eventually changed to “Waziri Umaru Polytechnic” in January 2003 in honour of late Wazirin Gwandu, Alhaji Umaru Nassarawa. In May 2006, the Government of Kebbi State and the Federal Government of Nigeria agreed to a transfer of ownership so that the institution then became a federal tertiary institution. By January 2007 after the takeover the word "Federal" was added to its name in order to reflect its new status, hence the current name “Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi”.
The nearly 40 years of existence of the polytechnic has been very fruitful and eventful. The institution has lived up to the expectations of its founding fathers by contributing majorly to the much-needed middle level technical manpower of the North – West Geo-political Zone especially Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara States. Currently the institution covers a land area of about 600 hectares and comprises four Colleges (Administration, Engineering, Environmental Studies and Science & Technology); two Schools (School of Post Graduate Diploma and School of General and Remedial Studies), twenty six (26) academic departments, a Staff Academy for primary and secondary education, and a Consultancy Services Unit (POBICONS) that provides a variety of services to the polytechnic and the general public.
There are about 350 academic staff, 220 senior non teaching staff and 650 support staff at intermediate and junior levels. The institution has a population of about 7,000 students with about 5,000 enrolled into programmes under the supervision of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). We presently offer 22 Higher National Diploma (HND), 25 National Diploma Programmes (ND), 6 NCE Programmes in Technical Education and Business Education. The institution has established linkages and affiliations with Usmanu DanFodio University Sokoto, and Bayero University, Kano.
There are over 70,000 alumni found in all parts of Nigeria, Niger Republic, Cameroon and Ghana, many of whom occupy important positions in the public and private sectors of the economy.