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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tapgun commends Omatek, endorses Made in Nigeria goods

The Minister of State for Commerce, Ms Josephine Tapgun has commended Omatek Computers for manufacturing quality systems for the use of Nigerians and West Africans.

Tapgun made this commendation during a visit to Omatek Factory in Oregun-Ikeja, Lagos, last Friday.

She said that Nigerians need to encourage their own, especially on goods with same quality equal to the global standards.

Impressed by what she saw, Tapgun said that she would ensure that Omatek benefits from the Federal Government’s industrial intervention fund worth N500 billion.

She called on Nigerians, especially governments agencies at all levels to look inwards so as to save the nation of capital flights and boost employment opportunities for the people.

She urged Omatek not to relent as her office would assist the company in having access to the industrial intervention fund.

Taking the Minister on tour of the factory, the Group Managing Director, Omatek Plc, Mrs. Florence Seriki noted that the company initially started as a training outfit and grew into executive training for bank executives and their counterparts from the oil and gas sector.

“Omatek is especially known to have had a stint training staff of Shell Petroleum and then Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC),” she said.

Mrs. Seriki also said that the transformation continued and in 1990 Omatek Ventures Limited became a vendor of some world-class computers such as Dell, Compaq, IBM, ACER to name a few.

She pointed out that as a result, Omatek Ventures was appointed as a premium partner of Microsoft; selling these products with annual sales revenue of over $1 million and has since grown to a computer manufacturer.

As said by her, the need to continue meeting up with the minimum order quantity requirement of some of the best manufacturers so as to sustain production quality, led to the embrace of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) scheme in partnership with Zenith Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank.

This, she said involved the manufacturing of casings, keyboards and speakers from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) components; produce of Omatek brand of computers, notebooks and servers.

In addition, she said that Omatek used the deal with these two banks to export computers, casings and speakers within Africa and generate employment opportunities in the Information Technology (IT) industry for youths.

Today, she noted, Omatek has grown into a group of companies with the establishment of subsidiaries to strengthen its operations, therefore, Omatek Ventures Plc has become the holding company for the subsidiaries namely Omatek Computers Ltd, Omatek Computers (Ghana) Ltd, Omatek Ventures (Ghana) Ltd, Omatek Engineering Services Ltd, and Omatek Ventures Distribution Ltd.

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