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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Intel commends Zinox on success story

Intel Corporation, manufacturer of processors in the world and the 5th most successful global brand, has commended Zinox Computers as Africa’s success story.

The latest edition of the Intel Learning Series of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) newsletter, stated that Intel commended Zinox for its commitment to be the leading and preferred source of world-class Information Technology products and solutions on the continent.

Commenting on this, the Country Manager of Intel Corporation Nigeria, Mr. David Ibhawoh, said that the success story is a phenomenon representing the endless IT possibilities embedded in an entrepreneurial drive that is committed and professional.

Ibhawoh said that the Zinox strategy is basically patriotic and should be judged by its relevance to the aspirations of society.

He also said that Intel is impressed that Zinox is not interested in just market shares and consumer loyalty but is pursuing a course; this time the provision of IT infrastructure in schools to motivate meaningful teaching and learning for national development.

He said that Intel is happy that Zinox is growing and not cannibalizing the IT environment as it leads the new crop of IT players in sub Saharan Africa.

Stressing that Zinox is Intel’s number 1 partner in sub Saharan Africa, and has won all major Intel Awards in recognition of its creative participation in the IT market.

Mr. Ibhawoh further said that in the near future Intel Corporation intends to use Zinox to drive consumer programmes in the region; expressing Intel’s interest in helping companies like Zinox with the right attitudes and processes to become global players.

He noted that in the past nine years of operations, Zinox has relentlessly pursued its vision that Information Technology can only make the desired impact as the main driver of national development if the educational sector is fully computerized.

In the process, Intel said, Zinox has come to be known as the prime provider of IT equipment and solutions to educational institutions in Nigeria.

“In the last 2 years Zinox has unrelentingly engaged in educational ICT projects and successfully deployed Intel-powered classmate PC projects to 210 secondary schools in Nigeria which included wireless internet connectivity, and training teachers as ICT champions in the beneficiary schools on Zinox’ e-learning platform consisting of over 1,000,000 e-books”.

Today, the Intel Newsletter stated, these schools are model schools, and the projects are regarded as systematic approach in building a knowledge economy.

Recalling that in May 2010, the Federal Government of Nigeria approved that Zinox should implement Intel-powered classmate PC projects to an additional 201 secondary schools across the country.

This, Intel said entails that Zinox has deployed over 80 per cent of all Intel-powered classmate PC projects in Nigeria, even as it has deployed digital labs equipped with Intel-powered PCs and laptops and internet to 180 tertiary institutions on behalf of the government of the federation.

Meanwhile, the Group Managing Director (GMD) Zinox Group, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh, has expressed belief in IT industry in the country.

Speaking at the IT Assembly and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Dr. Ekeh said that Zinox commitment could be measured by the numerous pioneering efforts of the company in the sector.

These, he said, include the introduction of digital knowledge tools like the Zinox card with access to over 1,000,000 books including examination revision modules for West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) among others; the expansion of the digital plants to increase the production of PC machines; and the sustenance of the initiative of the Computerize Nigeria Project which is empowering Nigerians with subsidized computers.

Ekeh said that governments in the West African region should do more to encourage the development of the IT market and pledged to remain an aggressive collaborator of CPN.

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