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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

CommTech refutes importation of 490,000 computers

The Ministry of Communications Technology (CommTech) has refuted allegations that the Federal Government imported 490,000 Personal Computers (PC) in anticipation of boosting penetration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the country.

Mrs. Omobola Johnson
Special Adviser to the Minister of Communications Technology, Efem Nkanga, made this rebuttal, saying that Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson never spoke with any report on such a project as at Monday, June 19, 2012.

ITRealmsOnline recalls that news reports credited to the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had earlier alleged that the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson had informed a reporter with NAN, that the federal government acquired 490,000 PCs, which represents about 70 per cent of the 700,000 computers so far bought by the ministry, for sale to interested Nigerians at subsidised rate.

She reiterated that the news report is false and is “a figment of the imagination of the reporter.”
Maintaining that at no time on Monday (or anytime) did the Minister speak with any reporter on such an issue.

Mrs. Nkanga also noted that one of the Ministry’s primary goals is to create an enabling environment that will ensure that local content in the sector is developed for the benefit of Nigerians.

“To ensure local value added in the sector, the Ministry is in the process of finalising local content guidelines and policy interventions that will create a level playing field for local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and stimulate demand for the products of indigenous manufacturers,” she said.

Remmy Nweke

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