least a hundred and thirteen students of different areas of academic
disciplines Saturday graduated from the Institute of Travel and Tourism of The
Gambia (ITToG) after the successful completion of their courses.
The recent graduation ceremony marked the 11th graduation ceremony of the institute since its establishment over a decade ago. The institute used the occasion of the 11th graduation ceremony to honour and award the female former ministers of Tourism and Culture for their devoted service to tourism; female pioneers of hotel managers, female pioneers of ground tour operators, and female pioneer of craft vendor. The awardees included Sussan Waffa Ogoo; Angella Colley; Nancy Njie; Fatou Mass Jobe; Isatou Hydara Ndow; Fumika Sarr; Saffie Ndure Jobe; Cicelia Sambou; Ida Cham - Yabouy Homecooking, Isa Fofana – Mama Africa, Angela Andrews Njie, Farma Njie and Mamie Secka.
Giving his report on the just concluded academy year, Sheikh Tejan Nyang, head of school congratulated the graduated students on a successful completion of their courses in various disciplines. The head of school celebrated the students, their parents, relative, friends and sponsors on the students’ big achievement which he said is a ‘stepping stone towards the building of a foundation to a professional career.’
He thanked all awardees and also the partners of the school for their contributions to the development of the institute, more especially sponsors of the students, while applauding both the teaching, non-teaching staff and the school board for their hard work and steadfastness.
Tejan highlighted on the available courses studied in the school and also challenges confronting the school particularly the financial challenges.
Adama Bah, chairman board of directors (ITTOG) in his address outlined some of the reforms the institute intends to make in future to make their institution an advanced, relevant contributor to the tourism sector.
The guest speaker, Angela Andrews Njie, the managing director, West African Tours, commended the management of the school for producing qualified students for the job market yearly. She dilated on the challenges facing the industry and also advised the graduates while welcoming them to industry.