From September 3rd to September 5th, 2023, a three-day conference was jointly hosted by TTU and the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro in Nigeria. On the first day, Sunday, the conference commenced with the arrival of lecturers from the Federal Polytechnic Ilaro in Nigeria at TTU in Ghana.
The conference started with a general meeting and discussions held at the auditorium on Monday. The focal point of these discussions centered around Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and its resilience in the face of various other educational programs.
The third day of the conference was dedicated to a visit to Cape Coast, specifically the renowned Kakum National Park. The visitors from Nigeria boarded a bus at the TTU campus for this excursion.
Enthusiastic conversations and camaraderie filled the bus as everyone settled in. During the journey, food was distributed to both the visitors and the hosts, with Eba and Ghanaian-made egusi stew being the fare. The atmosphere was further enlivened by some passengers singing, while others played Nigerian songs on a Bluetooth player.
Initially planned as a trip around Sekondi Takoradi, the journey took an unexpected turn and ended up in Cape Coast. As the clock approached 1:30 p.m., curiosity grew among the visitors, who eagerly inquired about their destination and estimated arrival time.
Despite the prolonged travel, laughter and animated discussions continued to echo within the bus. The passengers' anticipation reached its peak as the clock struck 2:30 pm and they finally arrived in Cape Coast. Their excitement was palpable.
Upon reaching the Kakum National Park at 3:30 p.m., an entrance fee of 5 Ghanaian Cedis per person was levied at the gate. However, the visitors were taken aback when they were required to pay an additional fee of 35 Ghanaian Cedis per person to enter the national park itself.
This unexpected expense temporarily dampened their spirits, leading to discussions about the perceived high cost of entry.
Ultimately, the visitors decided to forego entering the park, opting instead to spend some time taking photographs. At 3:59 p.m., the journey back to Takoradi commenced.
During the return trip, a stop was made at Hatch Land Beach in Cape Coast, where the visitors had a delightful time on the beach. They indulged in drinks and alcohol while capturing memorable moments with photographs.
In an interview with Dr. Akinde, the Rector, he expressed his enjoyment of their stay in Ghana and appreciation for the delectable dishes prepared for them. He commended Ghanaians for their hospitality, making the visitors' experience truly memorable.