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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ogun, Omatek deal boost GICT

The Ogun State government owned Gateway ICT Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Omatek Ventures Distribution Limited.

This is part of the state government’s strategies to boost the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in its domain.

Just as the state government said it was in the resolve to make the domain an information and communication technology (ICT) hub in the country.

Head, ICT and Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gbenga Daniel, Mr. Soji Akin-Bankole, said at the ceremony that the MOU marks a turning point in ICT development in Ogun State.

Omatek, he said, has already entrenched itself in Ogun State and is recognized already by virtue of its wide distribution system to engender easy and convenient computer acquisition by all and sundry in the state.

Also, he said, Omatek would bring to bear, its competence in quality production cum after sales services, while GICT would act as the exclusive distributor of the co-branded Omatek-GICT laptops, desktops as well as other Omatek products in Ogun State.

An estimated 1,000 teachers, he disclosed have already been penciled down as beneficiaries, while there are plans to reach out to local governments in the state.

“The essence of the MOU is to ensure the sustainability of the mutual relationship between Ogun State and Omatek, even after the expiration of the tenure of the current administration,” he said.

In her remarks, the Group Managing Director, Omatek Ventures Plc, Mrs. Florence Seriki (MFR) expressed appreciation, especially on the trust the government and people of Ogun State repose on her company and the Omatek brand particularly.

According to her, the MOU with GICT would impact on more employment opportunities for Ogun State indigenes, as she foresees a factory eventually springing up from the new relationship.

Apart from employment opportunities, Mrs. Seriki noted that students also have the opportunity to have hands-on experience through the creation of Resource Centres to be cited in various locations in the state.

This, she said, would empower the youths, encourage technology transfer and know-how as well as bridge the digital divide.

Further, she said the partnership would also go a long way in creating window of
opportunities for resellers and franchisee in Ogun State to retail and distribute Omatek products.

Managing Director, Gateway Holdings Ltd, Mr. Gbenga Isiaka, the General Manager of GICT Limited, Mrs. Irene Ayorinde, Omatek representatives- the General Manager, Sales, Mr. Sunday Mukoro and the Chief Operating Officer of Omatek Engineering Services and Omatek Ventures Distribution Plc, Mr. Femi Numa witnessed the ceremony.

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