The Federal University of Lafia was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2011 as its response to the need for rapid socio-economic transformation as well as addressing issues of access and equity The Federal University of Lafia is a world class institution of higher learning that shall attract and prepare intelligent, dedicated and talented young men and women from diverse backgrounds within Nasarawa State, Nigeria and beyond to become critical thinkers who are well-rounded in their field of study. The University shall provide them with the knowledge to compete effectively with their peers locally and globally while adding value to Nigeria's economy.
The Federal University of Lafia commenced academic activities on a takeoff site on Obi Road, Lafia at the erstwhile State Secretariat Complex donated by the Nasarawa State Government. There were enough buildings and structures on the site that served as offices and class rooms, existing structures were renovated and more structures were put in place before the commencement of academic activities. The University began moving to its permanent site in 2015, which is on a 206 hectares of along the Lafia-Markurdi Road in Lafia provided by the Nasarawa State Government.
The Proprietor of the Federal University Lafia is the Federal Government of Nigeria. While the Visitor is His Excellency, the President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.Â
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