Emma Okonji, This Day
March 11, 2013
Zinox Computers has strengthened its partnership with Intel Corporation, a global chips and hardware manufacturer, to further boost technology development in the country.
The long technical relationship between Zinox and Intel had been sustained through the shared core values of innovation, trust, and grassroots relevance.
The main thrust of the partnership is to continually seek 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.
Speaking during a recent courtesy visit to the Zinox Headquarters, the Global Vice President, Intel Corporation, Mr. Greg Pearson stated 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 "as a long standing member of the Intel Diamond Club, Zinox will continue to enjoy information and technical exchanges to make the company more relevant to the economy."
Welcoming the Intel delegation, the Chairman of Zinox Group, Mr. Leo-Stan Ekeh said the partnership with Intel remained an endorsement of the world-class standards in production and corporate governance that have been put in place by Zinox.
He said Zinox shared the Intel passion for adequately empowering the education sector. He informed that Zinox had been responsible for the computerisation 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, will bring relief to many educational institutions beginning from April 2013 when Zinox streams e-Content to educational institutions at half the present cost. Ekeh pledged that Zinox would continue to domesticate world-class products as a bridge to the full transfer of technology.
He revealed that the Zinox ultra modern factory would begin production before the end of March this year, and noted that only the Federal Government could, through mandatory patronage, ensure the sustainability of the digital assembly plant that Zinox is installing.
The Zinox Boss called on government to immediately commence the subsidy of computer ownership for all students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Ekeh argued that empowering the young ones today with IT equipment remained 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, he said.
Zinox Computers set up in 2001 is the largest Intel partner in sub-Saharan Africa and participates in the Intel Inside program, in addition to being a member of the Intel Diamond Club.