The Minister of Information and Communication, Prof Dora Akunyili has said that made in Nigeria computers are superior to imported computers.
The minister made this remark when she paid courtesy visit to Omatek Ventures Plc, maker of the Omatek brand of computers, where she charged Nigerians to patronise the Nigeria computer brands, while observing that made in Nigerian computers are customized and adapted to the Nigerian hot weather, rather than the imported ones which develop problems after being subjected to the hot temperature of Nigeria.
This particular one, she said, will not break down because they (Omatek) has put into consideration our hot weather.” she assured.
Stressing, she said, “I would plead with Nigerians to buy made in Nigeria computers, Omatek being one of them, that is why I am appealing, because computers made in England and America cannot adapt to our hot weather, and that is why most of the time when the air- conditioners go off, they begin to experience problems.
She went further to say that Omatek has a system of subjecting them (computers) to high temperature over a long period of time, “so that our hot temperature will not affect them, with all these, I still wonder why Nigerians should continue to patronise imported computers, while we have local computers that adapt to our weather condition.”
Continuing, Akunyili said that Omatek computers have been subjected to dust test, since the Nigerian weather is dusty, this is a prove that Nigeria computers brands are better that imported brands, even though all of the producers buy components from the same market, just other big players in the IT sector of the market.
On what she wants from the Minister, Florence Seriki, Managing Director of Omatek, pleaded for enhancement of the local patronage policy, the zero percent duty that was given to local computer companies as Completely Knocked Down (CKD companies.
By this, we shall sustain our capacity by producing more volume. “we are prepared to boost local capacity. We want the minister to see that local companies are thriving.”Seriki said.