The Federal Minister of Information and Communications Prof.Â Dora Akuneli hasÂ pledgedÂ full support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications for the work Anabel Mobile was doing to put Nigeria on the map of countries that are leading the pack in innovation and production of Mobile devices.
Indicating the value Nigeria and rest of Africa could benefit from a home grown device manufacture such as Anabel,Â especially as projections indicate that Nigeria will grow from its present 67 million mobile users to over 100 million users by 2012.
The Minister whoÂ Â stated this when Anabelâ€™s board and management paid a curtsey call to the Ministry on Communications last week in Abuja toÂ explain its objectives and vision for mobile communications in NigeriaÂ expressed pleasureÂ that Anabel, a Nigerian brand, was leading the drive to design and manufacture mobile devices based onÂ the requirements and desire of the Nigerian consumers.
She also stated that Anabel should not limit itself to Nigeria and that it should expand across Africa to demonstrate to the World the entrepreneurial spirit of the Nigerian people.
TheÂ Minister with optimismÂ stated that Anabel Mobile is a clear example of what re_Branding Nigeria was all about. â€œItâ€™s about redefining our place in the Global community and celebrating what is great about us as a peopleâ€, she said.
While commending the present administrationâ€™s efforts in leberalising market in Nigeria, theÂ CEO of Anabel Group,Â Nicholas Okoye restated the companyâ€™sÂ committed to Nigeria, adding that AnabelÂ would be setting up a manufacturing facility in Nigeria in the next three to four years.
He stated that at the moment , Anabel isÂ engaged in contract manufacturing off shore which is a global practice carried out by all known brands around the World.
HeÂ pledged to carry the spirit of â€œGood People Great Nationâ€ beyond the shores of Nigeria with the Anabel range of World Class products and its commitment to excellence, adding that Anabel is fast becoming Africaâ€™s answer to the consumer electronics revolution driven by the likes of SONY and Nokia.
â€œTheÂ real jobs such as technical design and innovation are presently held by Nigerians. We usedÂ the opportunity to demonstrate to the Hon Minister and the directors of the Ministry the value of Anabelâ€™s Complete Mobile Office Solution, which allows officials to send and receive email from their Anabel Mobile phones, as well as exchange documents, set up virtual private mobile networks, and connect to the enterprise server from remote locations anywhere in the Worldâ€ he explained.
Anabel presently has already over nine devices and products which range from hand held computers to smart phones to feature phones to digital media devices.
It is on record that Anabel is the first mobile device manufacturer to subject itself to type approval by the Nigerian Communications Commission. And its devices carry the NCC certification stamp indicating it to be a truly Nigerian product.