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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Omatek bags BID quality awards

Computer manufacturing giant, Omatek Computers Limited, has bagged the Business Initiative Directions (B.I.D) recently at the 9th International Quality Convention held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The BID award was in recognition of its achievements in the realm of quality culture and the company’s position as a leader in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

According to the award selection committee, Omatek Computers emergence, was based on the criteria of the principles of the Quality Convention (QC)100 Total Quality Management.

Managing Director, Omatek Computers, Mrs. Florence Seriki informed that the criteria include customer satisfaction, communication strategies, benchmarking, information and data analysis, leadership, planning and decision-making, human resources, continuing education and training, processes and production as well as financial outcome among others.

She added that the current recipient of the Best Systems Builder Award for West, East and Central Africa, which is an international quality award by Microsoft in November 2005, beating 42 other countries to win the coveted award for Nigeria.

Champion Infotel recalled that Microsoft had said, it was the international quality consciousness of the Omatek brand of computers that won it the award, thus conferred a stamp of excellence to the quality and volume of computers produced by the company.

At present, Omatek has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Kano and has recently launched its factory in Ghana at the instance of the Ghana government.

In a related development, Mrs. Seriki has called for increased patronage of local brands by the public and private institutions in the country.

As said by her, the low patronage of local brands is militating against the real growth of the information communications sector of the economy.

“There is really no basis for this low patronage since we, the local and foreign brands, buy from the same source. As such the quality is the same and Omatek, for instance, is still the current Best System Builder, an award by Microsoft with the criteria being quality and volume of systems produced,” she noted.

Mrs. Seriki argued that local manufacturers have the same quality, same price and employ and empower Nigerians, stressing that this is coupled with the research and development issues that comes out of local assembly.

“Hence, it makes a lot more sense to patronize the local brands,” she declared.

She wondered that after all these facts have been put on the table, several banks and oil companies have continued to give foreign brands the turnover that should ordinarily come to the local brands.

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