To be a Centre of academic excellence expanding educational opportunities for competent manpower development needs of the nation..


The mission of CPES is to prepare candidates for entry into various degree programmes of the University..


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The Centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies (CPES) was established through a statute of the Federal University of Technology Minna Governing Council on 30th July, 2003 with the name Centre for Remedial and Extra-Mural studies (CRES). Its new name CPES was adopted by the Senate of the University to reflect the introduction of Preliminary degree, Certificate as well as Diploma programmes on 27th February, 2008. The Centre is responsible for the coordination and running of all academic programmes that are not funded by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The Centre was restructured in 2010 to offer only Pre-degree, IJMB,

The Director

ENGR. Dr Mohammed Saidu.

Engr. Dr Mohammed Saidu is a Senior lecturer with the Department of Civil Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna. He received: B. Eng. degree from the University of Maiduguri (UniMaid), Maiduguri; M. Eng. degree from the Bayero University (BUK), Kano and a Doctoral degree from the Universiti of Technologi Malaysia, (UTM), Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Dr. Saidu is a registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigeria Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Nigeria Institution of Water Engineers (NIWE), and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). He served as external examiner to various Universities and Polytechnics in Nigeria as well, served as Universities accreditation resource person and Associate Examiner to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
He has also authored several publications in book chapters, local and international journals and conferences. Dr Saidu has made several presentations at various Seminars, Workshops and Conferences both locally and internationally. Some of his published works are highly cited in the academic field. He has graduated and mentored several students at Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels. He has served in various Departmental, School and University committees and has held several administrative positions in the University and is presently, the Director of Centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies (CPES), Federal University of Technology, Minna.

Our Staff

Dr. I.M Bello
Deputy Director, CPES

Mallam Abubakar Aliyu
Secretary, CPES

Mrs. Sidikatu Salahu
Co-ordinator, Suleja Centre CPES

Mrs. J.H Galadima
Pre-degree Coordinator, CPES

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This is a one year programme designed for candidates from catchment States of the University, who have five (5) credits in science based disciplines, and to prepare them for full time degree programme. Subjects required are: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural sciences, Economics and Geography. The subjects requirement vary from department to department, however, English Language and Mathematics are common to all. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Candidates are expected to have at least five “O” level passes at credits level to include English Language, Mathematics and any other three from Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology/Agricultural science/Health Science and Economics. The Preliminary Degree Programme is two terms of eighteen weeks each, beginning from September of every year.


This is an A-Level programme with the headquarter at Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Candidates are expected to sit for a Final Examination IJMBE conducted by IJMB A.B.U. Zaria in February every year. It prepares candidates for admission into 200 level in Nigerian Universities and abroad. The IJMB is a 12 months programme run in 48 weeks beginning from June of each year. ENTRY REQUIREMENT Candidates are expected to have at least five credits which must include: English Language, Mathematics and any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Economics.


The proposal for Diploma programmes in collaborations with Schools, Departments, Service Centre’s and Units in the University was presented. Specifically, the various Directors and Heads of Departments present at the academic board meeting were enjoined to come up with proposal for Diploma programmes to be hosted by the Centre. Along this line, CPES Management is making efforts to invite the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) for resource verification as a letter requesting for . As at the time of this report, Information Technology Service (ITS) had noted its interest for the commencement of Diploma programme. The Suleja Centre was successfully handed over to the University on the 12th July,2016 by HRH Mal.Awwal Ibrahim CON (Sarkin Zazzau Suleja). The first batch of students admitted into the Centre was during the 2018/2019 academic session. A total of 126 students were registered out of the 320admitted for 2018/2019. The 2019 /2020 session was marred by the COVID-19 Pandemic that ravaged the World. Out of the 196 candidates admitted into the Centre, only 62 students successfully registered for the 2019/2020 session.

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Federal University of Technology Minna
Gidan Kwanu Campus, Bida Road.
P.M.B 65, Bosso.
Email: mohammed_saidu@futminna.edu.ng
Phone: 08034506678

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