Computer Warehouse Group, one of Africaâ€™s most enterprising ICT companies will be constructing a building dedicated for the appreciation and development of Information technology at the University Of Lagos.
This was disclosed recently by the Group CEO, Austin Okere when he alongside his team, paid a courtesy visit to the universityâ€™s Vice Chancellor, Prof. A.B. Sofoluwe.
It was a visit trailed in nostalgia and one which could be described as the home coming of an illustrious son as Mr. Okere, an ex_student of the University, was also taught in the Computer Science department by the present Vice Chancellor, Prof Sofoluwe. CWGâ€™s team also had Simon Agi, GM Operations, Olapeju Ayo_ Fisher AGM Human Resource and Dayo Abegunde, AGM CWL Systems, who were all at one time or the other students of this prestigious institution.
Professor Sofoluwe who was full of joy at this meeting was proud that an ex student of the university could build a great company today like Computer Warehouse.
He thanked the CEO for consenting to expand internet hotspots around the institution and also institute the Austin Okere Annual Lecture which he said would encourage the younger generation of students in their pursuit of Academic Excellence.
He however asked that CWG leads the path in the construction of an Industrial park in the Institution.
According to Prof Sofoluwe, â€œIt is my dream to build an industrial park within the university. One that can be compared to what we have in advanced countries.â€
In responding, Mr. Okere affirmed, saying â€œCWG will construct a building here in the University of Lagos to be dedicated for the development of opportunities in the vast areas of ICT for the younger generationâ€.
He took the opportunity to inform the VC on some of the strengths of CWG in areas of skills development and human capital development with the companyâ€™s present initiation of an Academy which young individuals are trained in various areas of Information technology and after their course, some of them are absorbed into the company as members of Staff. Computer Warehouse Group is also now being recognised internationally as Okere states, â€œCWG is going global.
It would interest you to know sir that a case study was done on CWG by the Columbia Business School in the US and I was invited to deliver a lecture at the institution. However, I cannot tell our story without mentioning the key role played by our alma mater, Unilagâ€.
In thanking CWG and Mr. Okere on this gesture to be carried out in his alma mater, the deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), Professor Modupe Ogunlesi commended the team for its success story so far in the corporate world and its commitment to this building which would be regarded as a laboratory for capacity building.
She prayed for Godâ€™s continuous guidance and protection over CWG. Philip Obioha, CWGâ€™s Chief Operating Officer who was also in attendance, commended the university in her efforts at leading the pace in engaging corporate organisations to come into academic institutions to help in developing young individuals, â€˜Having schooled overseas, I think Unilagâ€™s vision in getting the industry to go back and contribute to capacity development should actually be the norm as its been practiced in developed countries.â€
He went on to explain the unique impact this initiative would have on young students within the academic institution. The building when completed will be equipped with modern facilities that would help in software development and hardware appreciation.
This move by CWG, an indigenous ICT company is hoped, would encourage other corporate orgnisations to give back to society in ways which aid the professional development of young individuals.
Computer Warehouse Group is fast becoming a Nigerian International company with offices across Nigeria, in Accra Ghana and now in Kampala Uganda. In these regions in Africa CWG provides world class ICT solutions to corporate organisations. CWG takes corporate social responsibility as a key element of its corporate policy and the Unilag project is one of such areas in which the organisation is fulfilling its contribution to society.
At the moment, CWG on a yearly basis, presents a laptop to the best graduating student from the Computer Science department of the institution and also provides immediate employment to the individual.