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Transforming Lives, Impacting Society the Zinox Way

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Zinox Technologies Limited, Nigeria’s IT victory has built has built a corporate self-regulation mechanism otherwise corporate social responsibility fully integrated into its business model.

Through deliberate inclusion of public interest into her corporate decision-making, and the honoring of a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit, Zinox has stood out.

At a time when the world was transforming itself into the new information super highway one organization stood up to bring Nigeria into the fold. That company is Zinox Technologies Limited, a brainchild of Chief Leo Stan Ekeh famously known as -Nigeria’s Bill Gates. Observers of the country’s technology scene would readily credit him with the foresight and singular devotion in making this dream come true. Worried by the seeming lack of technology base in the country, Stan Technologies in partnership with Mustek South Africa and Alhera of France launched the now famous Zinox computers in 2001.
Launched by then Nigeria’s Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar it became the country’s first internationally certified branded computers that came complete with the naira sign on its keyboard and other considerations that really marked it out as an indigenous system.  According to Mr. Echika Ezuka, Corporate Communications Adviser of Zinox Group, the computer is totally and wholly made to match the Nigerian environment considering the state of the infrastructure, climate and purchasing power of the average citizen.
On whether the company manufactures or assembles these computers? Ezuka reiterated that in today’s world of specialist manufacturing it can safely be affirmed that Zinox Technologies designed and manufactured its own systems. This is because the design and components that went into final assembling of the computers were the exclusive proprietary of the organization.   To him, “it was unlike other competitors who order components from Asia in order to assemble and brand them”.
On the impact that Zinox has made in the country so far, the corporate adviser said that it can measured on the psychological level. Whereas, the United States of America can pride itself of having Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM, Dell and Mackintosh computers, the British has Time computers and South Africa, Mesa computers, Nigeria rolled out Zinox computers as a match to them. The main frame has given Nigeria a sense of belonging and placed it firmly on the international information technology map.
According to Ezuka, other foreign companies are only in the country for profit motives while Zinox being an indigenous organization has come to rescue the country from technological backwardness borne out of passion and nationalism. Furtherance to these goals is the facts that the company has 22 branches all over the country. Such passion for Mr. Ezuka is driving force behind Zinox towards technology development in the country. 
He said Leo Stan Ekeh believes that no nation can talk of development without information technology.  This vision led to establishment of “Computerize Nigeria Project” (CNP) Zinox Group. More over, he has consistently encouraged the promotion and use of computers in schools across the country while giving backing to “Train the trainers’ project” launched at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
That project is meant to train teachers on use of computers so that they would transfer the knowledge to their students. Also the scheme makes it possible for both teachers and students to purchase Zinox computers at affordable prices with payments spread out over a period of time.  Today, the company has entered into partnership with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Afri-Hub for technology access to all Federal universities and polytechnics. As Ezuka noted, “education historians will always acknowledge the contributions of Zinox Technologies in this regard.
Even when the projects enumerated have commercial and profit implications, he maintains that Zinox foray in computers has to do with passion for IT development in the country. Buttressing this he revealed that the company has established digital centres and computer laboratories which it donated to the Lagos State Polytechnic, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Imo State University,Owerri, Federal University of Technology,Owerri, Federal Polytechnic Nekede,Owerri, Federal Polytechnic Idah and also, Katsina State Government which got 50 computers in 2004.
As a good corporate citizen, Zinox Group has more than 3000 workers in it workforces who not only earns their living but are able to grow in technology which they pass to other Nigerians for a positive impact on society. Aside IT, the organization has been able to concentrate on ensuring that Nigeria becomes a knowledge driven economy. This it does through donation of systems to schools, industries and governments.  Mr. Ezuma claims that the chairman Leo Stan Ekeh his endowment Stan technology runs a comprehensive scholarship scheme for hundreds of students at different levels of education. The Technology Distributors (TD) another member of  Zinox group runs a mathematics programme for classes’ four students in secondary schools for them to get a better grip on the basis for computer technology. More importantly, the group organizes seminars, workshops, symposia for many people and organizations in the acquisition of computer knowledge because of the role it plays in national development
Finally, the Adviser said that the Chairman has plans to set up a software company that will address most of the problems confronting Nigeria in that sector.  It is an incontestable fact that Zinox Group has pioneered computer technology in this shore and the only way to keep the programme alive is for the country to buy Zinox computers.
          

 

 

 


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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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UNWTO, Google Host First Tourism Acceleration Program in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately affected tourism, a sector that accounts for millions of jobs around the globe.

 

While no one can say with certainty when the sector will recover, people are starting to dream of getaways again – whether closer to home or to remote destinations.

 

As more and more people go online to search where and when they can travel, accelerating the digitisation of the tourism sector will be key to helping it adapt and recover.

 

This is why the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Google have partnered to create and host an online Acceleration Program for UNWTO Member States’ tourism ministers, top travel associations and tourism boards to further develop innovation and digital transformation skills.

 

Today, ahead of World Tourism Day, the organisations hosted the first UNWTO & Google Tourism Acceleration Program focused on insights from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

 

Tourism is the backbone of many economies around the world. As data from UNWTO shows, tourism represents 9% of global trade for Africa and 1 in 10 jobs directly and indirectly. Moreover, the sector drives inclusive growth, as women make up 54% of the workforce.

 

Natalia Bayona, UNWTO director of Innovation, Digital Transformation and Investments, said “UNWTO is committed to helping Africa grow back stronger,”

 

“With the right policies, training and management in place, innovation and technology have the potential to foster new and better jobs and business opportunities for tourism in Africa while improving the overall wellbeing and prosperity of the region”.

 

Africa is home to 30% of the world’s population, adding hundreds of millions of new online users every year.

 

Google Search is one of the places Africans go when researching and booking travel.

 

Doron Avni, Google’s Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Emerging Markets, said “We’re here to help the tourism sector recover from this unprecedented crisis and emerge stronger.

 

“Our travel data insights and tools can help tourism authorities identify and understand the barriers and drivers to visit travel destinations for better tourism planning.”

 

Below are some of the Nigeria travel data insights shared with participants in today’s session:

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Since Nigeria announced its intention to reopen its borders to international travel on August 29th, search interest for travel has grown.

This slowdown presents an opportunity to rethink tourism, innovate and further develop the digital transformation of the sector so it can build the foundations for future sustainable growth.

 


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MultiChoice in collaboration with Celestial Tiger Entertainment Launches KIX on DStv

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Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), the operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, and MultiChoice Group, Africa’s leading entertainment company, has launched action movie channel KIX, on DStv.

KIX will launch on Premium, Compact Plus and Compact packages in Nigeria from 1st October 2020 at 6:00 pm WAT.

The launch of KIX marks CTE’s first foray into Africa.

Ofanny Choi, president of Celestial Tiger Entertainment, said, “We are very excited to be launching KIX on DStv in Africa with MultiChoice.

“Asian action entertainment has always resonated well with the audience worldwide, and we are proud to work with MultiChoice to bring this popular genre to viewers in Africa.

“With KIX’s proven success in Asia, we are confident we can deliver the best of action movies to our African audience.”

John Ugbe, Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, said, “We at MultiChoice are delighted to announce the launch of this brand-new channel KIX, a channel that will expand our viewers content slate, giving them more variety and entertainment.

“Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and new collaborations such as this, help us expand their viewing experience”.

Action fans can enjoy a high-octane blend of martial arts, action and thriller movies from the East and West on KIX, all presented in English.

Apart from the latest star-studded blockbuster premieres, KIX will also showcase never-seen-before movies from the various action genres, including kung fu classics from the legendary Shaw Brothers library, action comedies, adventure and fantasy action franchises, and action thrillers.

While fans of Asian action movies will see the legendary Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Bruce Lee in action, KIX also aims to present and delight viewers with movies featuring all other Asian action stars.

With all genres of action movies spanning from the 1960s to the present day, KIX is a one-stop-shop for all action movies entertainment throughout the years, with something for everyone. Viewers can now watch KIX and its catch-up programming anytime, anywhere, on DStv and DStv App!

 

 


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