An Acting Principal, Mr. R. A. Ajene, was appointed from 1st February 1999 to establish Bolgatanga Polytechnic. At that time, no single structure existed for the institution except a bungalow allocated to him. A task force that was set up to assist locate a suitable site for the Polytechnic encountered initial difficulties but finally settled on the former Meat Marketing Board offices in July 2001. These offices were subsequently renovated massively by the GETFund as a nucleus of the Polytechnic. Later in 2002, more land was acquired at Sumbrungu on the Bolgatanga – Navrongo road to construct a permanent campus for the Bolgatanga Polytechnic. This is where the Polytechnic stands now with modern structures befitting tertiary institution
Bolgatanga Polytechnic is one of the youngest Polytechnics in Ghana. It was established in July 2003 without a permanent structure but resorted to the use of an abandoned structure belonging to the former Meat Marketing Board. The Polytechnic began with five employees and the first Ag. Principal. The Polytechnic has acquired a permanent site at Sumbrungu near Bolgatanga and put up modern structures befitting the status of a tertiary institution with the assistance of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund). The staff population has progressively increased to two hundred and twenty (220). The Polytechnic currently runs ten (10) tertiary programmes (Accountancy, Marketing, Procurement and Logistic Management, Secretaryship and Management Studies, Agric Engineering, Statistics, Civil Engineering, Ecological Agriculture, Hotel Catering and Institutional Management, and Industrial Art) leading to the award of Higher National Diploma (HND) and four non-tertiary programmes (DBS Accountancy, DBS Marketing, DBS Secretaryship and Management Studies and DBS Procurement and Logistics Management) for the award of Diploma in Business Studies (DBS). Plans are also far advanced to introduce new HND programmes into the Polytechnic.