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ZINOX Launches First Made-in-Nigeria Computer (Posted 20th Nov, 2001) Tell your friends about this page! Email it to them.

Today marks a milestone in the socio-political and economic sphere of Nigeria. As the Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar rightly said, "it is historic". The launch of the first made in Nigeria computer by Zinox Technologies today 9th October, 2001 at the Eko Le Meridien Hotel, showcased the potentials of Nigeria's private sector. The event was a major attraction for many, not only were the computer whiz-kids present but an array of important functionaries and technocrats graced the occasion.

On hand at the occasion as the chairman is the Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim, Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, his Imo State counterpart Governor Udenwa, Minister of Science and Technology Professor Tena Isong, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Adams Oshiomole, Microsoft Nigeria General Manager Mr. Gerald Ilukwe among others. The event was a celebration of ingenuity as the Microsoft head said in his speech, "Zinox is the first authorised computer manufacturer in the world to launch the latest operating system the Microsoft WINDOWS XP". The company has passed the Microsoft Quality Laboratory Test (MSQL), Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) certified by Microsoft and Intel, Zinox stands out as the first branded computer in Nigeria.

The Lagos State Governor reiterated the need for the Federal Government to focus more on the Information Technology industry. He referred to his recent trip to the United States and his invitation to the Oracle Corporation, all in the interest of developing the IT sector. The Minister for Science and Technology, Professor Tena Isong confirms Federal Government's strong desire to connect Nigeria to the Internet as this will accelerate Nigeria's economic growth. He used the opportunity to appeal to well meaning Nigerians to adopt a school in their area and computerise it in line with the Governments Computerisation Project.

The Vice President feels happy about the Zinox breakthrough. He assures the private sector of Federal Government support in the IT industry. In line with this desire, he mentioned the launching of the IT policy in April this year, the policy seeks to enhance cooperation among private sector, Foreign Direct Investors (FDI) and Government for IT development in the country.

Zinox Technologies is a company that is jointly owned by Stan Tech, Nigeria, Mustek, South Africa and ALHENA, France. According to Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, the Chairman of Zinox Technologies,the company has already invested over N750,000,000 in this project. They intend to inject another N800,000,000 in the next year to enhance operations. It intends to create over 2,400 jobs for Nigerian within 2 years. The importance of after sales support services will be stressed by the company with a "NO STORY" 1-3 YEAR, warranty. This is coupled with four major support centers across the country; Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ikeja and Victoria Island.

The Senate President, Chief Anyim unveiled the Zinox Discount Scheme for Nigerians, this allows for 10% discount on PC's, 7.5% discount on UPS and Laptops and 3% discount on all computers for educational institutions and cyber cafes. The NLC President, Adams Oshiomole unveiled the worker's discount scheme which offers 7.5% discount for PC's, 6% for Laptops and UPS, and 3% on all printers. The snag in this offer is the 30th December, 2001 expiration date.

Contact Information:

Contact: Mr. Donald Amadi

Address: 13a Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Phone: +234-1-261 1139, 261 1350, 320 0641

Email: [email protected]

Web site: www.zinoxtechnologies.com

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