By Prince Osuagwu
THE Minister of Communications Technology, Mr Adebayo Shittu, has commended Nigeria’s technology conglomerate, the Zinox Group, saying products from this indigenous technology company can rival any product from the developed economies.
The minister who came on a working visit to the company in Lagos, recently, noted that with numerous landmark strides the company has made in the area of Information and Communications Technology, it only needed enabling environment and government support to rival world’s best technology companies.
The Minister who was led on a guided tour of the company by the Group Chairman, Leo Stan Ekeh, witnessed the various infrastructure and facilities within the premises including the digital computer hardware manufacturing and assembly plant, telecoms e-Hub unit, Data Centre, bandwidth aggregation and digital security infrastructures, warehousing facilities as well as after-sales service and support centre, among others.
In his address to members of Management and the Press corps, the Oyo State-born lawyer lauded the huge capabilities, human capital potential and technological proficiency on display in the various facilities, while expressing confidence in the ability of the company to hold its own against ICT giants from other parts of the world.
“I have embarked on similar visits to organizations abroad but what I have seen today gives me huge confidence in the ability of our serious local companies to do the country proud even when bench-marked against other companies on the world stage. It is clear with the huge investment I have seen here that the ZinoxGroup is highly focused and committed to raising the standards in the country.
“Although I have known Leo Stan Ekeh for a relatively short period of time, his story is one that I am very familiar with in the last 20years, especially as it mirrors that of the Chinese tech giants Huawei.
“I must commend Leo Stan as I have witnessed the relationship you enjoy with your colleagues and your commitment to helping them grow. “From my tour round the structures, I have also seen enough to assure me that, with the right support from the government, the Zinox Group can be a name we can all be proud of as Nigerians”.
Reacting, Ekeh said that the Zinox Group remains the single largest 360 degrees ICT conglomerate in the sub-region with advanced competencies in the entire spectrum of the sector, ranging from hardware manufacturing, distribution, integrated ICT solutions, Telecoms, retail, world class support and much more with offices in many other countries. He pleaded for more support and level playing ground for Nigerian companies.