In a bid to ensure that the citizens of Niger State are empowered with IT knowledge and skills needed to face the 21st centuryÂ knowledge economy, Nigerian PCs assembler, Brian Integrated Systems Limited hadÂ Â signed an MOU with the Niger State Government on a computer ownership scheme that will benefittedÂ civil servants.
The scheme, known as Niger State Government Assisted Computer Ownership Scheme, (NSCOS) is geared at encouraging government and private sector joint venture collaboration with a view to developing a program to facilitate the acquisitions of computes by all civil servants of the Niger State Government.
The MOU wouldÂ ensure that the Niger State Government through its Ministry of Science and Technology pays 50% of the cost of 300 units of desktops computers while the beneficiaries spreading over a period of 24 months would pay the remaining 50% of the cost.
The Managing Director of Brian Integrated Systems Tunji Balogun stated that his company will live up to its expectations by supplying the Niger State Government robust and latest PCs available in the IT market.
â€œThis is not the first of its kind. We are ready to partner with any state and other private sector in the Nigerian economy on Computer For All Initiative (Cain). We do not supply old technologies. We deal on the latest technologies available in the global IT market.
We have done it in several states, including Ogun, Osun, Uyo, and Kwara States. We are ready to partner with other states,â€ he said.
For many people who may not know,Â theÂ Nigerian Silicon Valley,Â Â has indeed, grown into a international market attracting patronage from the West African sub-regions including Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic, Cameroun, among others.
GSM phones, computer accessaries and peripherals for instance, come very cheap in the market as a result of influx of products from the Asian marketÂ without adequate regulations on standardization.
More reasonÂ for the high patronage of the products from the Computer Village is as a result of the fact that most low scale businesses like business centers, law firms, advertising agencies, small manufacturing outfits cannot afford the prices of branded products whose pricing were designed for multinationals.
Even with several regulation, however,Â street trading, threats from street urchins and many otherÂ challenges have continued to face IT traders