The Takoradi Technical University (TTU), has opened its maiden edition of technology and innovation fair to showcase innovations and inventions put together through the ingenuity of students in Science and Technology in the University.
The four-day exhibition and innovation fair, which was begun Tuesday, February 28, 2023, is expected to be closed on Friday, March 3, 2023.
It is dubbed: “Technology and Innovation Fair”, “Think Smart, Be Innovative and Create Wealth”.
The Technology and Innovation Fair displayed 12 different innovations such as the Theft, Arrestor and Locator System with SMS Notification which is able to alert an owner of a vehicle in the event of theft.
Here, the owner would have to dial a unique number which stops the engine of the care from moving.
Also on exhibition is an Oil Leakage Detector, which works by placing sensors on the distribution line to sound an alert in the event of leakage to avoid spill and accident.
Others include the automated railway level crossing system, clinical Analyzer, intelligent Handwashing, mobile phone charging system operated with a 20pesewa coin, Door lock which Controls Electrical Appliances, Solar powered traffic lights, corn shelling machines, multi-Purpose Watering Machine, Coconut Peeling Machine and Canoe Puller.
The Vice of the Takoradi Technical University, Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, in an interview explained that the fair would contribute to the translation of major ideas and projects into viable projects and thus scaling it up through incubation for marketability and general user acceptance or buy-in.
He said the focus within the strategic framework of the school had stimulated more and more of science and technology-based actions to help solve issues in the society and add more to the value chain.
To this wise, an endowment fund is expected to be created to aid in the quest to fulfil such an important mandate of a good Technical University.
He prayed that with such a fund, the university could organize the Technology fair biannual to develop more psycho motor skills of learners in innovating ideas and becoming the falcon of inventions in the country.
“We are also seeking partnerships with industries and relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies with the same vision to rapidly change the developmental narratives of our country”, the Vice Chancellor added.
The Registrar of Takoradi Technical University, Dr. Moses Abnory, before touring the exhibition centers told stakeholders at the opening ceremony that the maiden fair hinged on one of the cardinal pillars leading to the conversion from Polytechnics to Technical Universities; a competency based approach with minds and hands creating solutions to human problems with the overall goal of bettering the lives of the generality of Ghanaians.
He said the quest for industrialization would be realized through the proper application of knowledge, particularly in the area of science and technology, which is fundamental to all lives issues.
The Deputy Director General of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education Commission, Peter Antwi-Bosiako, in an address described the Technology and Innovation Fair as a proof of what TVET education could positively do to the growth of society, adding, “This event is all TVET is about”.
He said, government had so far invested 13 billion cedis into retooling all technical universities to live up to expectation of solving human problems.
Mr. Antwi-Bosiako noted how proper investment in TVET in other economies of the world had done the magic for them, adding, “TVET actually holds the world and neglecting investment in the area is shirking growth and development of such a country…we have reformed a lot of policies to also shape the sector”.
The Managing Director of Katanka Automobile Group, Francis Kojo Kudjuaji, commended the University for the feat achieved in the science and technology space over the years and called for stronger collaboration and partnership between the Kantanka Automobile Group and the University.
Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew O. A. Dadzie