For the first time, large scale writing of technical textbooks for National Diploma Students at Nigerian Polytechnics has resulted in the completion of 235 textbooks and practical manuals for seven disciplines in: mechanical, civil, electrical, computer technology, building construction, quantity surveying and science laboratory technology. Since August 2008, a major drive to fill the gap of shortage and lack of technical textbooks for students at Polytechnics and Technical Colleges in Nigeria was launched by the National Board for Technical Education, NBTE in cooperation with UNESCO. As part of a capacity building project for the Revitalisation of Technical and vocational Education- Phase II, textbooks and teaching material are being prepared for all 14 disciplines that have updated and revised curricula completed in the first Phase of the Project.

From August 2008, seven teams of 140 national experts and lecturers, from Kaduna Polytechnic commenced the drafting of the textbooks with the guidance of UNESCO specialist. The groups followed set guidelines for the formats and production of the textbooks and examples of similar materials produced with UNESCO assistance, in other countries, were provided to all the teams. The textbooks were written in digital format with a view for the introduction of blended e-Learning in the future.

At a Final Teaching Material Development Workshop held at Kaduna Polytechnic from 24 November to 5 December 2008 the drafts for the textbooks were further developed by the national experts and reviewed by 8 international consultants. The completed textbooks will be made available to all Polytechnics for a trial run for one year before further evaluation and revisions are carried out. The textbooks are written in digital format with a view for the introduction of e-Learning in the future. They will all be loaded on NBTE Website for easy access by all students and lecturers.

At the closing Ceremony held on Friday 5 December 2008 NBTE Executive Secretary, Dr. Nuru Yakubu was presented with hard and soft copies of the textbooks. He expressed his appreciation to the Nigerian participants and UNESCO international consultants for this tremendous achievement. All the participants were then presented with Certificates of Participation in the workshop.

It should be noted that technical books are scarce in general and very expensive to buy from abroad and in any case they do not necessarily suit the Nigerian curricula. The professional development of the lecturers and senior lecturers to produce their own teaching material on such a large scale will enhance the national capacity for improving the quality of technical and vocational education and training. It will also provide students and graduates of the Polytechnics and Technical colleges with essential technical resources during their studies and after graduation.