The Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology held the 11th Annual Students Products Development Exhibition. The event held on Tuesday May 15th, 2018 at the forecourt of the Administration block of the university, and co-sponsored by Multi-Pro Private Limited, was under the theme “Ghana Beyond Aid: The Role of Hospitality and Tourism Education”. The ceremony brought together industry players in the hospitality, catering and tourism fraternity to witness on display, various products developed by final year students of the Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management.
In his welcome address, the Head of Department, Mr. Alhassan Fatawu reiterated the department’s commitment to continue to lift the University’s banner high globally. He recounted the department’s successes in various national competitions. He mentioned that the department participated in the Chicken Competition organised by the US-Embassy in Ghana this year and won five out of six prizes making the department’s representative the overall best contestant in the competition. The department also entered the US-Cottage Initiative competition and won three slots for students to travel to the United States for various professional development programs. Mr. Alhassan used the forum to commend staff and students of the department for the sacrificial efforts over the years.
The key note speaker, Dr. Adiza Sadik also a Senior Lecturer of the department, hailed the theme for the occasion. She noted that for Ghana to move beyond aid, it was imperative for the country to develop the tourism industry to its fullest potential citing the example of Dubai which took that path and succeeded in making the country, the most attractive tourist destination in the world, contributing substantially to the country’s economy.
The acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Abdul-Manan Dauda opened the exhibition. The products on display included: tamarind wine, sunripe carrot drink, pure green tea, passion mist, baobab yogurt, berts beef seasoning and health weaning mix. All these products were developed from organic ingredients.
The invited guests included Madam Ayamga Rebecca of the Ghana Tourism Authority and madam Priscilla Bawa from the Food and Drugs Authority. The event was also highly attended by staff and students of the university.
The Chairman of the event, Mr. Abdul-Mumin Abdulai in his closing remarks advised the students not to go out and join the ‘Unemployed Youth Association’ noting that it was not a good association. He urged them not to seek to be employed but rather, should create jobs for others.