Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Omatek shares still available - Seriki

Group Managing Director, Omatek Computers Plc, Mrs. Florence Seriki, has said that her company’s shares are still available.

She said that it has become necessary to intimate interested Nigerians who may still be interested in buying the shares of the company since Omatek was listed on Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

“Omatek shares are still available through the stockbrokers,” she declared, adding that the firm needs to strategize beginning by telling the world that information technology (IT) is moving forward in Nigeria.

According to her, some people think that once a company is listed, that is the end of their chances of buying into the firm.

Presently the company needs to reposition because IT is a capital-intensive industry.
She also said, Africans to learn to produce so as to stop being consumer nations.

Mrs. Seriki noted that Omatek was founded 21 years ago and the better gift to offers Nigerians at this time, is to ask God to mark the anniversary successfully.

“Today, Omatek is the first computer company to be listed at the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange,” she said.

She pointed out that Omatek began by training executives on one-on-one basis in 1986 and by 1991, Omatek became a premium partners with the major foreign brands at the time while in 1993, the firm launched its first locally assembled Omatek Computer brand from Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly in the country.

She went on to say that in 2003, Omatek established its first SKD, which has grown to have one in Nigeria and another in Ghana.

As said by her, Omatek factory is the first on the continent to locally produce computer casings and speakers from completely knocked down (CKD) process, home entertainment speakers (2-1 to 5-1) and 3-1 Plasmas from SKD as well as flat screens from SKD.

She further said that Omatek was the first to buy directly CKD parts from front-line producers across the globe and to win Microsoft Systems Builder award 2005 for Central, West and East Africa in 2005.

Omatek, she said, recently exited the SMEI scheme successfully with two major banks in Nigeria.

“We seize this opportunity to thank immensely the managing directors of Zenith and GT Bank Plc,” she said, stressing that the trust in her firm had inspired them to ensure that it sustained buying from key manufacturers to maintain the quality of computers.

Furthermore, the firm achieved synergy in form of MOU with most educational institutions on research and development.

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