It was a great display of pump and pageantry when Ho Technical University marked 50 years anniversary of its existence; a celebration of three phases of its transformation from Ho Technical Institute, to Ho Polytechnic and now Ho Technical University.
The Grand durbar held at the GM Afeti Auditorium on Saturday August 25, 2018 attracted people from all walks of life. His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Danquah Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana was the Guest of Honour.
The theme for the Anniversary is ‘’consolidating the gains of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Ghana: HTU at 50.’’
In his speech, the President commended the University for a Great fit attained in marking 50 years of its existence. He reassured the gathering of his commitment to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana by retooling all Technical universities and ensuring that all outstanding issues of the conversion of the Technical Universities are dealt with including addressing salary disparities with other public universities. The president, in response to the request of the Interim Vice Chancellor Prof Emmanuel Kojo Sakyi, promised to complete all on-going infrastructural projects started in the university about ten years ago.
“Government is fully aware of the infrastructural needs of our Technical Universities. Efforts have been made at supplying demonstration laboratories for engineering students in some of the Technical Universities, including Ho Technical University, by Amatrol. The Ministry of Education is taking steps to providing similar laboratories to the rest of the Technical Universities.” -Said President Akufo-Addo.


The toast of the day was when the President fell in love with the anniversary cake prepared by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management of the University. In a rare gesture, the President took the first bite of the cake in the full glare of the audience at the GM Afeti Auditorium to the amazement and cheering of the audience.
Also in attendance were Minister of Education Hon. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Energy Hon. John Peter Amewu, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Hon. Kofi Dzamesi, Volta Regional Minister Hon. Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Deputy Minister of Information Pius Enam Hadzide and many other government officials. Also present were Alumni, staff and students of the University. The chiefs of Asogli were represented by Togbe Anikpi IV of Ho Heve.
Other Dignitaries were former Finance Minister, Hon. Seth Tekper, who is an Alumnus of the University and Member of parliament for Ho Central – Benjamin Komla Kpodo, Justice Jones Victor Mawulom Dotse- Justice of the Supreme and Council Chairman of the University Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Vice Chancellors of other Universities, .
Also to grace the occasion was former Principal/Rector Dr. George Mawusi Afeti whom the auditorium was named after. Dr. Afeti in his speech admonished all staff and managers of the institution to ensure that they leave a legacy worth celebrating. He said ‘’what follows you is not what you take away. It is what you leave behind that follows you.’’
The University started as a Technical Institute (Ho Technical Institute) in 1968. It was upgraded to a Polytechnic in 1986, however, operated as a second-cycle institution until 1993 when it was upgraded into a fully fledged tertiary institution by the enactment of the PNDC Law 321.
In 2016, Ho Polytechnic was upgraded to the status of Technical University with the mandate of awarding degrees, diplomas, certificates and other qualifications to the highest level possible in Engineering, science and technology based disciplines, technical and vocational education and training, applied arts and related discipline.




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