Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) scooped two awards in the Nairobi Trade Fair which was held from 28th to 4th October 2015 in Jamhuri Park-Nairobi City.
TUM won an award for being the best institution that promotes youth empowerment and came second in the best middle level institution category.
This year’s theme Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for food Security and National Growth attracted many secondary schools, colleges, universities, farmers, producers, importers, exporters and representatives from both National and County governments who showcased their products, innovations, shared ideas on new discoveries and breakthroughs in the agricultural sector.
TUM was the talk of event by presenting over 10 wonderful projects from different departments. Amongst the projects were: the paperless visitor’s book by Paul Akwabi, Walter Kihuya’s Online Butchery Management System, Simeon Wafula’s Automatic Green House Operating System and John Wati’s Mlinzi Security System which seemed to attract many people in the stand.
Judges were impressed by the Digital Visitors Book after Paul Akwabi, the brain behind the innovation explained how it works. “With this innovation our trees are safe now. We don’t have to rely on timber to get papers to make books, we are really going digital. This is a milestone in environmental conservation.” Said the judges.
Mr. Johnson Nanjakululu from the ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology said the Government is committed to ensure higher institutions of learning in Kenya provide quality and market driven programmes in line with vision 2030.
Director Institute of Research Innovation and Extension (IRIE) Dr. Saeed Mwaguni commended the students for a job well done adding that it’s a step to the right directions in creating employment in the country.
Nairobi International Trade Fair (NITF) is the largest trade fair in East Africa. It is a one week event scheduled from late September to early October every year.