The University Institute of Technology of the University of Ngaoundere is poised to promote the use of home-made technological devices and their products.
The staff and students are showcasing this know-how at a two-day Open Day event in Yaounde.
On April 27, 2021, the Director of the University Institute of Technology, Prof Mohammadou Bouba Adji and the Rector of the University of Ngaoundere, Prof Uphei Chinje Melo accompanied the Minister of Higher Education, Prof Jacques Fame Ndongo as he visited the exhibition stands.
From beer made from cassava, millet to wine made from ginger, “bitter cola” and honey, the exhibitors explained production procedures to a visibly elated Minister.
A major attraction was the machine that separates cocoa from pods as well as the machine to grind pellets.
Those with a sweet tooth are not left out at the exhibition grounds. Locally made chocolates, yoghurts, sweet potato chips and sausages are showcased on some stands.
One of the exhibitors, Audrey Tambe Ayuk, a third year student in the institution explains that since plantain and “irish” potato chips are already widely consumed in the country, they decided to to embark on producing sweet potato chips which are very nutritional.
“We use dates to sweeten our chocolates instead of sugar,” the third year student adds.
On her part, the Rector of the University of Ngaoundere insists that the products on exhibition are ready for the market.
She considers this a special move towards promoting Made in Cameroon products, one of the objectives of Government.
The articles on exhibition seem to point towards the fact that if properly harnessed, they will go long way in promoting the use and consumption of homemade products in the country.
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi