Brief History

The Act Establishing The School

Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara was established through a bill that was signed into law by Governor James Onanefe Ibori in November 2002. This is the result of a partnership between the Delta State Ministry of Education and Westminster University, London. The partnership gave birth to the Delta State Higher Education Project (DSHEP). Located in the agricultural town of Otefe in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

Vision Statement:

Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara is a manifestation of an excellently conceptualized and articulated vision delivered for the benefit of humanity for entrepreneurial acquisition and advancement. The motto of technology for entrepreneurship underscores the fact of talent and technology skills advancement as tool for critical wealth creation.

It therefore explains the role of entrepreneurial and technological skills in creating the abilities, courage, capabilities and managerial competences necessary for economic growth and wealth creation within and beyond Delta State. The mandate of the Polytechnic is to train and empower graduates who will be highly successful professionals armed with all the sufficient skills that are critical to the work place of the 21st century.

⦁ The aim is to achieve the status of excellence in computing and information technology {I.T}.

⦁ Qualitative training in specific areas of technology and entrepreneurship as a way of providing opportunity for students to take advantage of their inherent talent and theoretical skills to generate needed entrepreneurial ventures and wealth.

⦁ Acquisition of entrepreneurship training and technology education which forms the bedrock for industrialization, growth, development and wealth creation. This in turn will help all Nigerians and the global communities as students create industries and jobs associated with their skills.


  • Accountancy
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Administration & Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance Engineering Technology
  • Mass Communication
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Office Technology and Management
  • Science Laboratory Technology
  • Statistics
  • Welding and Fabrication Technology



  • Accountancy
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Mass commutation
  • Office Technology Management


  • Science Laboratory Technology {SLT}
  • Computer Science
  • Statistics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical/electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Welding and Fabrication

General Studies


  • National Diploma
  • Higher National Diploma

Admission Requirements

  •  National Diploma (ND): Applicants must have at least five credits in relevant subjects, including Mathematics and English, in their O’Level results (WAEC, NECO, or equivalent).
  • They also need to pass the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the polytechnic’s post-UTME screening.
  • Higher National Diploma (HND): Candidates should possess an ND from a recognized institution in a related field, usually with a minimum of lower credit, along with relevant industrial work experience.


DESPO is equipped with various facilities to support its academic programs:
  • Lecture Halls: Spacious and well-equipped for effective learning.
  • Laboratories: Specialized labs for scientific and technical courses, providing hands-on training opportunities.
  • Library: A comprehensive library with a wide range of academic resources, including books, journals, and online databases.
  • Workshops: Practical training areas for engineering and other technical courses.


  • To provide high-quality technical and vocational education.
  • To prepare students for the labor market with practical and theoretical knowledge.
  • To contribute to the technological and economic development of Delta State and Nigeria.

Community Engagement

Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara engages with the local community through various initiatives and partnerships with industries to ensure that its curriculum is relevant and beneficial to societal needs.

Challenges and Development

Like many educational institutions in Nigeria, DESPO faces challenges such as funding, infrastructure development, and maintaining high educational standards. Continuous efforts are made to address these issues and improve the overall quality of education.

In summary

Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara is a reputable institution focused on delivering quality technical and vocational education, equipped with modern facilities, and aimed at producing skilled professionals to meet the demands of the labor market.