The 13th annual product exhibition for the final year students within the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Management (HTM) at the Tamale Technical University (TaTU) has been held with a call on the government to invest in the sector to churn out more graduates for the industry.
Also the support for the department would help train more of the youth with practical skill-based ideas to be entrepreneurs in order to be job creators and not seekers after going through the training to curb the unemployment rates in the country.
The event also aimed at empowering the young graduates from the technical universities on the need to harness their potentials and take advantage of the opportunities available to create jobs for themselves.
This year’s event on the theme “ Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and See Ghana in the midst of COVID-19; the role of technical universities” brought together stakeholders from the Food and Drugs Authority, University for Development Studies(UDS), staff and students from the university among others who graced the occasion.
The Dean for the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Dr Adiza Sadik in an address said, the department was committed to training students to compete in the challenging world of advancement adding that the department has taken the lead in training its students to be job creators and not job seekers in the hospitality industry.
According to her, the provision of logistics to the students would help them add value to their products in order to meet the demand of the market to create direct and indirect jobs.
The Head of Department (HOD) of HTM and the brain behind the exhibition Fatawu Alhassan said; “As Technical university, our emphasis is to provide the students with hands-on skills so that when they graduate, they would have something doing but not go out looking for jobs and that we would produce job creators. Therefore if you want to produce a job creator, then the person in the process of being trained should know and have the ability to produce to make a living before or after graduating from school” he said.
He noted that it gives the department excitement because some forms of jobs have been created through their activities and they would continue to train more students for the industries.
“Ghana as a country, we have relied on foreign products over the years and if we are to continue to purchase from the foreign countries, it means we are improving someone’s economy instead of helping our economy to grow” he said.
The final year students exhibited their products to the world to show their capability as well as seek support to enhance their practical based programme in creating jobs for themselves.
Northern Regional Chairman of the Ghana Hoteliers Association, Cosmos Alhassan commended the department for the tremendous effort in churning out quality products for the hospitality industry in the region and the country at large.
He advised the students to take advantage of the opportunities within the programme and the sector to create jobs for themselves without necessarily relying on government.
Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti