Grace Institute of Secretarial and Management Studies (GISMS) was established in July 1962 by the late doyen of Business Education in Nigeria, Mr. C. O. Onamuti. Mr. C. O. Onamuti was the first Nigeria to pass shorthand 140/70 wpm Typewriting, The Royal Society of Arts and Joint Examination Board (JEB) Shorthand and Typesetting Teacher's Diploma. He was also the first principal of the Federal Government Training Center, Lagos.
On his demise, his son Mr. Oludare Onamuti who was at different times Verbatim Reporter (Debates), Chief Editor (Hansard), Clerk of Committees, Deputy Clerk of the Senate, the Director of Administration of the National Assembly of Nigeria, when the seat of the Federal Government was in Lagos took over the proprietorship of the Institution in 1984.
The Institution is located in an ideal surrounding suitable for serious studies both at Lagos and Omu. At Lagos, the main campus is sited in a quiet area along Joseph Shyngle Close. Off James Robertson Street, Surulere – a close which is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Lagos City life. Another mini campus of the school in Lagos is in another quiet location at 2, Longe Street, Ijaiye road, Ogba. The International Campus Omu, Ijebu Ogun State is specially designed with boarding facilities to accommodate students from Nigeria and other African Countries who relishes an atmosphere of peace and quietude and in addition, prefers to live in hostel accommodation. The Institute was officially recorgnised by the Lagos State Government in may 1983 and The Federal Government in 1987. It operated like a monotechnic in that it offered instruction and training leading to the award of ordinary, intermidate and advanced national Diploma in Secretariat Studies. The certificates was awarded by the Management Sevice and Training Office of the Country's National Secretariat Examination Board. For long, the management of the institute has been looking for opportunities of a conversion to a private polytechnic able to aword its own National and International recorgnised Diplomas and certificates.
Nigeria operates a mixed economy. The Government has for long realized that no amount of Government activities can effectively replace the effort of a broadly based and progressive private sector. The introduction of a Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) in 1986 was aimed at removing several arrears of restrictive controls and adopting a free market oriented economy that could encourage private enterprise and efficient use of the limited recourses available.
To full tap the potential of the private sector in the area of education, the Education Decree of 1985 was amended in 1993 to allow companies incorporated in Nigeria of an individual or association of individuals to establish tertiary institution. The National Board for Technical Education (NBTEB) thereafter produces guidelines. The boards require the submission of five documents before a license can be issued by the Government for commencement of an ND/ HND awarding institution.
A consulting firm FEMI OLUMOLA & CO was commissioned to carry out all the required studies and produce all the documents / reports. The last of the report was forwarded to The National Board for Technical Education (NBTEB) which conducted his advisory/ approval visits to the institute on the 18th / 19th may, 1999. The Boards approval for the establishment of Grace Polytechnic was conveyed to the Management of Grace Institute of Secretariat and Management Studies in a letter dated 19th October 1999 with Ref. No. TEB/PRO/F/11/107. For the take off of the Institution, four programmes were approved namely ND Secretariat Studies and ND Business Studies. Approval to mount the four (4) Programmes was conveyed by the NBTE's Memorandum with Ref. No. TEB/PRO/P.22/A/19/VOL.1/93
Following Banking and Finance and PRND the NBTE's visited in the year 2005, approval for full accreditation of was conveyed via NBTE's Memorandum Ref.TEB/PRO/PEDC/P.22/4/177/Vol.1/140of3/4/06.
You are entering the polytechnic now that the NBTE's visitation to Grace Polytechnic has been fixed for early 2008 for accrediting the Higher National Diploma programmes to commerce. It is a sign of good luck on your part. Grace Polytechnic is certainly on progress path and is moving on.