The aim of establishing the Department of Electrical Engineering was to meet the growing need for manpower in the profession. The main objective was to train and produce Engineers with the required qualities and capabilities to meet the increasing need for professional Engineers in the country. The Department of Electrical Engineering became an autonomous Department in the 1981/82 session.
Until the 1984/85 session the Department of Electrical Engineering offered a 3-year degree programme following a 2-year pre-degree programme in the Faculty of Science. From the 1984/85 session, the Department started admitting students for the 4-year programme after completing the pre-degree programme in the Faculty of Science or by direct admission through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). From the 1988/89 session, however, the Department, like all other Departments in the Faculty of Technology, runs a 5-year degree programme in Electrical Engineering.