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Zinox Launches PC Acquisition Scheme in Akwa-Ibom State

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Zinox Technologies has launched staff computer acquisition scheme in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state, which is designed for civil servants on the state’s payroll, to own Zinox branded computers with repayment conveniently spread over twelve to eighteen months.
In her opening remarks, Grace Anwana, head of service acknowledged that the economy is now knowledge driven and only those who are mentally developed stand a chance to grow. She said that it has become more imperative to deploy computers in the running of government business as efficiency has become essential to quality service delivery. 
Anwana stated that the government is keen on keeping up to modern trends and to this end, the state has entered into strategic partnership agreements with renowned institutions such as Zinox Computers, the International Training Center (under the ILO) in Turin-Italy and the University of Wisconsin in the USA. These partnerships she said are aimed at providing the state’s workers with the necessary tools as well as requisite training to perform at their optimal level.
She urged the civil servants in the state to sign up to the scheme, and on behalf of the state government promised to bankroll the cost of training the workers and also offered a space within the state secretariat complex for training on computer appreciation; even as she promised the loyalty and dedication of the state’s entire work force to the vision of the incumbent government.
Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman, Zinox Computers, stated that the continent is now in the century of freedom from the shackles of oppression, depression, poverty and underdevelopment. According to him, the key to attaining this freedom is knowledge.
He said that knowledge is empowerment and empowerment is freedom, while explaining that this is the century where the poor are in a position to have a say in their affairs, as they are now in a position to attain the highest levels humanly attainable.
The Zinox boss stated that Akwa-Ibom is blessed with a visionary leadership and a dedicated followership and he believes the state would soon become the benchmark for the assessment of other States. Ekeh offered to partner the state to deploy and activate WiMAX infrastructure, which would provide internet service to the whole of the state capital.
According to him, besides being the primary source of internet connectivity in the state capital, it would also be a source of revenue for the government as well as create employment for the IT savvy youths of the state. He said that with WiMAX, the banks and the various institutions in the capital would subscribe.
He used the forum to present the Zinox Classmate Notebook which is the smallest sized notebook in the Nigerian market. The Zinox Classmate notebook is produced through a direct partnership between Zinox Computers and Intel Corporation. The Notebook is rated as the best Notebook for scholars and students due to its outstanding performance with an 8.9” screen, 1.6 GHz, 30GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 1.3 Mega Pixel Camera, Wi-Fi Antenna, with a choice of Win XP Starter Edition or Linux as operating system, and 1 year comprehensive warranty.
In her contribution, Vivian Abii, chief executive officer, Computerise Nigeria Project explained that to benefit from the scheme, beneficiaries must first of all be on the payroll of the Akwa-Ibom state government. She said that the repayment is conveniently spread over twelve months to enable the workers pay for the computers without taking chunks off their salaries, while urging civil servants in the state to sign up to the scheme as it is the government’s way of empowering them and their families.
To flag off the scheme, Patrick Ekpotu, deputy governor of the state presented computers to some of the beneficiaries, urging them to make good use of the computers as the expectations would be higher now that they are better equipped.

 

 

 


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Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

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Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Wednesday said he has never received bribe all his life.

Magu, Suspended EFCC Boss Says He Never Received Bribe all His Life

brahim Magu, suspended chairman, EFCC

Magu was testifying before the Justice Ayo Salami panel probing allegations of corruption against him.

The suspended EFCC boss said anyone who claim he had ever given him bribe should come forward before the panel to testify against him.

He was responding to allegations that he allowed a suspect Hima Aboubakar, a Nigerien National to escape from justice.

The suspended EFCC boss had opened his defense on Monday to clear corruption allegations against him.

The probe panel has allowed him to have only two lawyers represent him at a time.

On Monday & Tuesday, he was represented by Wahab Shittu and Aliyu Lemu.

In yesterday’s proceedings, he was represented by Shittu and Tosin Ojaomo.


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HP, AU Commission Sign MoU to Collaborate for Development of Entrepreneurial Skills in Africa

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HP Inc. in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster entrepreneurial learning in Africa.

The aim of the MoU is to further cement the collaboration between these two parties in building entrepreneurial skills across the continent and to leverage HP Foundation’s Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE).

HP LIFE provides people in the region with access to 32 free, online courses in seven languages to build key business competencies as set out in the AGENDA 2063.

AGENDA 2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

It is the continent’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development and is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress, and collective prosperity.

HP Inc. and the AUC have agreed to exchange information and material on enhancing quality education for learners and entrepreneurs in Africa, organize symposiums and conferences on education and skills development initiatives, leverage the online platform HP LIFE, which is aimed to enroll a million users between 2016 and 2025 and is part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025.

The aim of the MoU is to ensure closer collaboration and exchange of information between the parties, in a manner that creates synergies in Youth Skills Development, Academic Exchanges, and Research in Africa.

“HP is driving access to quality education globally to enable anyone and everyone to build skills to compete in the digital economy,” said Issam Essadiqi, Interim Managing Director, HP Africa. “Making education more accessible and effective helps people get better jobs, launch small businesses, and create opportunities for their families and communities.

“HP believes technology can be the great equalizer in education and is using it to enable students to get access to quality education in the classroom and beyond.”

The AU Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor said, “The partnership with HP will accelerate our education response to Covid-19 and beyond to ensure accessible and continued learning for African youth.

The African Union’s education agenda, which has a focus on digital learning is well complemented by the opportunities that the work with HP will bring about for African youth.

In line with prioritizing distance learning, the partnership will support individuals and institutions of learning to provide the requisite expertise and opportunities.”

HP LIFE was first offered through hundreds of local training centers in countries such as Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya, to help people learn the skills to start or grow a business or improve their employment prospects.

In 2012, HP LIFE expanded to an online platform. Since 2016, over 116,000 men and women across Africa have already received HP LIFE training. 82% of women who took part in an HP LIFE survey said that participating in the programme had increased their confidence in their future

Today, technology can support new styles of learning. PCs and tools designed for education can offer students flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning, whether in or out of the classroom, or in a blend of environments.

HP and the AUC’s joint efforts have the potential to uplift access of education and opportunities for career work and economic growth, and this collaboration has the potential to make lifelong learning a reality.


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“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

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TIME has named Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s leading investors and philanthropists, in the 2020 TIME100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“TIME 100” Lists Tony Elumelu among 100 Most Influential People in the World 2020

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Mr Elumelu, who is one of only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.

Tony Elumelu is the founder and chairman of Heirs Holdings, his family owned investment company, committed to improving lives and transforming Africa, through long-term investments in strategic sectors of the African economy, including financial services, hospitality, power, energy and healthcare.

He is the Chairman of top pan-African financial services group, the United Bank for Africa (UBA), which operates in 20 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States.

The bank provides corporate, commercial, SME and consumer banking services to more than 21 million customers globally.

Elumelu also chairs Nigeria’s largest quoted conglomerate, Transcorp, whose subsidiaries include Transcorp Power, one of the leading generators of electricity in Nigeria and Transcorp Hotels Plc, Nigeria’s foremost hospitality brand.

Mr Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries.

Since inception, the Foundation has funded just under 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.

Tony Elumelu Named In “TIME 100” List Of 100 Most Influential People In The World 2020Heirs Holdings, which serves as a corporate role model for African businesses, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation will both celebrate 10 years of impact in November.

Their mission continues to be inspired by Mr Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.


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