By Emma Elebeke
In a bid to actualize its dream of empowering all Nigerian worker with digital knowledge, Buyright Africa has introduced a Nigerian Employee Digital Well fare Scheme, NEDWS into the Nigerian market. Unveiling the project, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said the scheme was special to him as it touches on the need and well fare of Nigerian workers.
Commending the initiative, which he said would enable Nigerian employees to mown without difficulty, genuine equipment and tools, and other household appliances, the Edo state governor said ownership of ICT devices by Nigeria workers is crucial since the level of development of a nations and quality of life their citizens enjoy is now partly defined by the level of penetration and usage, including the cost of manufacturing the ICT hardware and software.
‘‘This occasion is special for me, as it touches on the very issue that is very dear to my heart. The Nigerian Employee Digital Welfare Scheme , would enable Nigerian employees to wn genuine ICT equipments and tools without difficulty. We live in what is now called digital age, a historic phase of development in which ICT is one of the key drivers of development process.,’’ he said.
Also underscoring the importance of the scheme, the governor said although, mass production of ICT hardware and software has driven down cost of prices considerably over the years, it is also a reality of Nigerian condition that the income of most employees in the public and private sectors, in particular their monthly take-home is such that they could not afford theses ICT products, while also meeting their basic needs.
‘‘It is against this background that we can appreciate the wisdom of designing a scheme that would enable all employees in the public and private sectors to afford such digital technologies fore themselves and their families, he stated, adding that the scheme would also go further to deepening ICT penetration in Nigeria and bridge the digital gap and build capacity of employees As well as improve productivity right across the board,’’ he said.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha said the initiative was laudable and should be sustained as it would help in closing the gap that has existed in the past. Pledging support of the National Assembly towards building a digital economy, the Deputy Speaker said the NASS would buy into the scheme to make it work.
Minister of Communications and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and Abdulwaheed Omar, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress were also among those who commended the initiative and called for its sustenance.
Earlier in his remark, the Chairman of the company, Leo Stan Ekeh, said the NEDWS launch lived up to its pre-launch expectations as Digital entrepreneur extraordinaire. He shared some of the factors that informed the launch as the need to avoid debt as much as possible when building a business; as an entrepreneur your integrity must serve as your greatest collateral; avoid status living – the temptation to live a false life; all entrepreneurs must be guided by the fear of God in their businesses; insulation for hard times must be achieved through investment in property.