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Nigeria: Govt Must Subsidize Computers for Students

06 March, 2013
Adekunle Adekoya, Vanguard
March 6, 2013

THE Federal Government has been called upon, as a matter of urgent national importance, to initiate a policy of subsidy of computer ownership for students at various levels of education in the country.

Chairman of Zinox Technologies, Chief Leo Stan Ekeh made this call in Lagos while receiving officials of Intel Corporation of the US who paid him a visit.

Chief Ekeh said that if the aviation sector could have Aviation Development Fund, the maritime sector, the Ship Acquisition and Ship Building Fund among others, then there is no need why computer ownership and education for the nation's children should not have such a fund.

And for the nation's technological development, he added that only the Federal Government could, through mandatory patronage, ensure sustainability of the digital assembly plants of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the country.


Chief Ekeh said that of necessity, government should immediately commence the subsidy of computer ownership for all students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

"If government makes available just one hundred billion naira for the subsidy of computers for all Nigerian children, that would be an investment that will yield dividends in trillions of naira. This is because youths so equipped with computers today will be the engineers, lawyers, farmers, pilots, and other professionals of tomorrow, and the nation will benefit as they will be better trained than their forebears.

"Empowering the young ones today with IT equipment is a surer way of ensuring a future Nigeria that can provide for its people, sustain the unity and stability of Nigeria, and lead the rest of Africa. Until this is done, democracy dividends cannot be said to have been delivered."

New plant coming

Chief Ekeh also used the occasion to announce that in a bid to increase its production capacity, the Zinox Group will commission a new plant in Lagos this month.

He added that Zinox has also strengthened its partnership with Intel Corporation, the global leader in computer chips and hardware manufacturer.

Ekeh said the long technical relationship between Zinox and Intel has been sustained through shared core values of innovation, trust, and grass roots relevance.
Welcoming the Intel delegation, Chief Ekeh that the partnership with Intel is an endorsement of the world-class standards in production and corporate governance that have been put in place by the company.

At the Zinox Group office in Lagos, where the partnership was strengthened, the two companies informed that the main thrust of this relationship was to continually seek way to address the needs of consumers in different strata ranging from individuals in the education sector and ancillary sectors that bear requirements for advanced technology.

Zinox okay, says Intel

Global Vice President, Intel Corporation, Mr. Greg Pearson said that Intel was pleased to partner with Zinox, a regional leader with the capacities and high ethical value required to deliver on its promise to use technology to drive development nationally and internationally.

Expressing enthusiasm for the Nigerian hardware industry, Pearson said that as a long-standing member of the Intel Diamond Club, Zinox would continue to enjoy information and technical exchanges to make the company more relevant to the economy.

He said that Zinox shared the Intel passion for adequately empowering the education sector. He informed that Zinox has been responsible for the computerization of over 65 per cent of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Of late, he said, Zinox developed and deployed the largest e-learning suite in Africa solely for the purpose of providing affordable access to content for the education sector.

"The Zinox world-class hub, which went live, recently would bring relief to many educational institutions beginning from April 2013 when Zinox streams e- Content to educational institutions at half the present cost", he stated.

The Zinox boss revealed that the ultra modern factory would begin production before the end of March while explaining that, the delay in bringing up the factory was due to the irregular power supply in the country.
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