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Computer Warehouse Moving to Greater Heights

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When in September 1992 the Computer Warehouse Group (CWL) started operations as a provider of Information Technology many people did not give them a chance as they saw the exercise as another ill-fated Nigerian dream. Undeterred, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Austin Okere had a vision. He would later go on to prove critics wrong that the country was incapable of producing world class beaters in the ICT.
  Setting out with only four staff the operation has not only being around for the past 15 years but has recorded tremendous growth in all spheres of business development. The success has acted as catalyst and motivation for the opening of a support centre in Ghana as a first phase of its West African sub-regional strategy. In addition to that, it has the following subsidiaries: GWL Systems Limited, DCC Networks Limited and ExpertEdge Software Limited.
Sales Strategy
It has hinged its sales strategy on customer referrals given that many satisfied customers proclaim their success which has become their most valuable asset to potential customers. The bond from this relationship has transformed it from being a provider of ICT to that of a trusted advisor to its customers. Such level of trust is informed by the fact that the organization has always maintained consistent and impeccable track record in its niche operations.
The happy clients are many and they include MTN Communications Limited, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc whose seamless infrastructure attest to the hard work of Computer Warehouse Group.
Strategic Alliances
I n furtherance of its objectives to provide efficient information technology systems to clients, the Group is into alliance with major IT companies of the world. The strategy is intended not only to provide it with best-in-class solutions but more so provide CWG with best practices in technology and services in order to deliver the solutions right the first time and all the time.
Against this backdrop remains the idea behind the creation of three different companies so as to foster core competencies among the companies in their niche segments. For example, CWL Systems Limited specializes in the supply and integration of computer hardware, e-payment systems and ancillary equipment. DCC Networks Limited, the company’s communications subsidiary, specializes in VSAT, Metropolitan and Wide Area Networks (WAN), Local Area Networks (LAN), Systems integration and deployment, systems analysis and e-payment systems design and implementation.
Successes
CWL has deployed key infrastructure solutions covering enterprise and data centre servers, desktop computers and notebooks as well as Automated Teller Machines (ATM) to customers across industries, including the largest and most advanced Sun Microsystems installation in sub-Saharan Africa. It has key customers in the Government, Banking, Oil Gas, Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Education.
Between 1998 and 1999 the company set out to sell and install new banking application to banks. According to James Agada, Managing Director of ExpertEdge Software Limited pessimists queried the move on grounds that it was impossible given that every bank then had its own software that was incompatible with others. Matters were made worse because there were 89 banks in the country and moreover Computer Warehouse was the underdog in the market. Today, 50% of the consolidated banks in the country run on the company’s Finacle software applications.
Human Resources
As has been the company’s standard, quality manpower remains the bedrock of its success. When it started, only 4 persons were on its staff. Currently, it has more than 350 employees with about 85% being IT professionals holding the industry’s top rated certifications. This pool of motivated workforce has seen the company become “one of the most entrepreneurial businesses in Nigeria”. In fact, the Columbia Business School in 2008 observed that Computer Warehouse Group “has thrived in difficult circumstances because of an entrepreneurial culture that embodies the work ethic, personal responsibility and integrity of its founder”.
Achievements
Computer Warehouse Limited has a formidable presence in the market and this is reflected in several awards and high levels of partnerships and certification attained with major global computer companies. Today, it is the only Dell Authorised Service Provider (DASP) in West Africa. More over it is a Microsoft Gold Partner, an HP Value Partner, Authorised Channel Solution Partner and Global Warranty Provider for Sun Microsystems, IBM Value Partner and Netapp Platinum Partner.
Awards Won
Recently, the organization received the prestigious African Information Society Merit Award (AISMA) as the leading ICT Company of the decade. Presenting the award to the CEO, Austin Okere the society noted that “the company appears set to lead the revolution of the ICT industry in Nigeria and the rest of Africa”. Before then, it won the Gold Award for Excellence from Sun Microsystems (2003), Best Marketing partner for 2003 from Sun Microsystems, Top Achiever and most successful Partner of the 2004 Fiscal year from Sun Microsystems, Wincor-Nixdorf award for best new partner (2007), dell enterprise partner of the year 2008 and Netapp award for EMEA Best Partner for 2008.

 


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Verve Rewards 600 Customers in Good Life Promo

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Africa’s leading payment technology and card brand, Verve International, has rewarded 600 customers so far after the third weekly draws in the ongoing Verve ‘Good Life’ Promo.

Verve rewarded the lucky cardholders at prize presentation ceremonies held in various locations across the country recently.

Amongst the 300 lucky cardholders that emerged winners of the N10,000 cash prize in the weekly raffle draws that have held three times were: Adeleke Moshood, a student from Oyo State; Adeogun Shakiru, an automobile specialist and Rashidat Abolaji, a businesswoman, both from Lagos State.

Another set of 300 Verve cardholders emerged winners of airtime worth N5,000, bringing the total amount won so far to N4.5 million Naira.

Speaking during the draws, Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Interswitch Group, expressed her delight about the number of cardholders that have been rewarded lately.

Eromosele reiterated Verve’s resolve to continue to provide secure, convenient and reliable payment solutions for its cardholders.

She said: “Because our cardholders are of priority to us at Verve, beyond providing them brilliant payment solutions, we are rewarding them for their loyalty with the expectation that the reward helps them achieve the good life, whatever the good life means to them”.

Verve recently launched a nationwide promo tagged The Verve ‘Good Life’ Promo which kicked off on September 1, 2020 and will run till November 29, 2020.

The promo seeks to enable Verve’s loyal cardholders to live the good life, whatever the ‘good life’ means to them.

The promo is targeted at rewarding over 2,500 Verve cardholders nationwide, with over N27million Naira in cash and airtime, during the course of 12 weeks duration of the promo.

With three weeks concluded out of the twelve weeks of the promo, Verve cardholders have eight more weeks to keep transacting with their cards and standing the chance to win.

Other Nigerians presently without Verve cards but have the desire to enjoy the good life, can take advantage of this eight-week window to ask their respective banks for a Verve card in order to start transacting, to qualify to win from an array of exciting prizes.

The prizes have been categorized into four segments, with their respective qualification requirements as follows:

Weekly Prize category 1 – N10,000 cash for 100 winners weekly, requires at least 3 transactions weekly. Weekly Prize category 2 – N5,000 for 100 airtime every week, requires at least 3 transactions weekly.

Monthly Prize category – N50,000 cash for 50 winners every month, requires at least 12 times monthly Grand Prize category – N1,000,000 cash for 2 winners, requires at least 36 transactions from now till the end of the promo.

Prospective winners of the Verve ‘Good Life’ promo should consistently use their Verve cards within the next eight weeks, across payment channels such as Point of Sale (POS) terminals, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), Web and agent banking centers.


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World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola Partners NGOs, Recovers Over 900kg of Plastic Waste

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World Cleanup Day, celebrated globally on September 19, 2020, saw diverse people come together to combat the solid waste problem through numerous community cleanup activities.

 

To mark this day, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited partnered with two local NGOs – African Cleanup Initiative and Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC), on cleanup activities across Lagos and Ibadan.

African Cleanup Initiative held cleanup activities across numerous locations in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states. This outreach saw more than 200 volunteers gather to collect over 1,500kg of solid waste materials and about 300kg of recyclable waste materials.

 

At the Lagos event, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Belinda Aderonke Odeneye, applauded the programme.

 

She expressed the Lagos State Government’s delight at being part of the cleanup activity. Odeneye, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Sanitation Services Department of the Ministry, Mrs Toyin Oguntola, went further to encourage citizens to be environmentally responsible.

She stated, “The government can only perform excellently with law-abiding citizens. We all have a role to play in waste management and ignoring those responsibilities will make all the efforts of the government futile”. 

 

Similarly, the International Coastal Cleanup held at Bonny Camp Coastline by Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC) also produced outstanding results with about 600kg of marine plastic waste materials recovered and over 250kg of marine debris sent to the landfill. The outreach saw participation from over 100 volunteers.

 

These activities are in line with Coca-Cola’s vision for a World Without Waste and the company’s commitment to doing business sustainably.

 

Speaking on its World Without Waste initiatives, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “We all have a responsibility to keep our environment clean and Coca-Cola is not left out as we remain committed to promoting a sustainable environment through our plastic recycling and recovery activities, as well as other environmental initiatives”. 

With the award of grants of over $800,000 by The Coca-Cola Foundation to multiple local NGOs, several recycling and women empowerment programs are being implemented to help address the issue of environmental protection while simultaneously empowering women who remain significant pillars of the environment.

 


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TETFund Seeks Increased Annual Research Funding of $1bn

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The Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Thursday, urged the federal to increase its yearly funding for Research and Development (R&D) to $1 billion. This was as it hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent increase of the research grant from N5 billion to N7.5 billion.

Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, executive secretary of TETFund, speaking at the inauguration of TETFund’s R&D Standing Committee in Abuja, said massive investment in research would bring about the much-needed development in the country.

Bogoro also said it was time for the promulgation of a law that will bring into full place what he referred to as the “National R&D Foundation (NRDF)” to deepen research in the country.

Hear him:”To galvanize our vision towards making R&D the ace and game changer in our national development agenda, the need for an appropriate law to support the establishment of a National R&D Foundation (NRDF) cannot be overstated.

“We need a robust institutional framework and arrangement for the NRDF. I am recommending a minimum annual budgetary threshold of 1billion dollars as the funding portfolio for this Foundation.

“When we consider the inevitable benefits of R&D and the inevitable benefits of R&D and the socio-economic challenges in Nigeria, this amount begins to look like a drop of water in the ocean-population of 200 million people in 2020 and projected to become double in 10 years for now.”

Prof. Bogoro, who said the TETFund’s R&D Standing Committee is expected to come up with its own recommendation on the required amount that is suitable for efficient research activities in the country, called for a robust collaboration between researchers and the private sector to bring about all-round development in the country.

“It is envisaged that the private sector of the economy should pick the gauntlet to steamroll the lofty initiative by taking ownership of it,” he said.

Prof. Bogoro lauded the recent performance of Nigerian universities in the world’s ranking, saying TETFund intervention projects have continued to encourage such feats.

On his side, Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, while inaugurating the committee, called on members to put their best to the work he described as ‘national assignment.’

Represented by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukuemeka Nwajuiba, Adamu said that continued investment in research would herald a rebirth of Nigeria.

“Nigeria voted us into power predicated on our being able to transform our national aspirations and make them a national achievement.

“It is in recognition of this direction that the Executive Secretary, TETFund, presented his vision of a research-driven nation and how to finance that ambition through the Board of Trustees (BOT).

“To a large extent, Nigeria’s future depends on you. You have been summoned to a national service that is not available to the rest of the 200 million population. It is a national calling that requires almost all of you,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Hon. Aminu Suleiman said the work of the committee would open the windows of opportunities to tackle various developmental challenges confronting the country.

Suleiman, represented by Hon. Ikenna Elezieanya, lamented the way Nigeria has shown less concern to research, saying that many developed countries invested in research and development and thus helped to improve on their economy.

He said, “Research is the gateway of innovation. It is said that while countries like the USA, Korea, and the like have been investing in research and development, we seem to show less concern.”

He encouraged beneficiaries to take good advantage of the initiative to solve problems for the betterment of the country.

Responding, the Chairman of the over 160-member TETFund’s R & D Committee, Prof. Njidda M. Gadzama, said the epoch-making event will transform the socio-economic sector by ensuring the robust promotion of cutting-edge innovations.

“We promise to carry out our assignment with commitment and diligence and this will result in the R & D Culture and R&D Foundation to drive industrialization of the country,” he said.

The standing committee whose membership is drawn from the academic, industry, and private sector, has the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Mansur Ahmed, as one of the three Vice Presidents.


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