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Zinox, TD Plus Partner for World Class Support Services

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TD Plus Nigeria’s most professional support company which is accredited by all international OEMs has gone into partnership with Zinox Computers, Nigeria’s First Internationally Certified Branded Computers. This partnership means that all Zinox computers, no matter where they are bought, would be accepted by TD Plus who henceforth shall be responsible for all warranty and support issues on behalf of Zinox. This partnership is unique in the sense that TD Plus is authorized to effect instant across the counter repairs and also recommends immediate product replacement when necessary.
Explaining why Zinox went into partnership with TD Plus, Mr. Mukoro Emomine, managing director of Zinox Computers, said that the growing challenges of hardware manufacturing have dictated that the Zinox team concentrates fully on manufacturing. The Zinox management, he said, was determined that the quality of Zinox computer must be a head taller than any other PC brand in the market place. In addition, the growing numbers of PCs required to service orders from the Nigerian market and the West coast have increased from 250 systems a week in 1991 to 3,000 systems weekly as at the end of March 31, 2010.
Mr. Mukoro said that the choice of the TD Plus as the company to handle the support issues was based on the company’s professionalism, its national spread, technical depth and experienced customer service orientation. He said that there was no company in Nigeria that was comparable to TD Plus in terms of support because of the company’s pedigree.
Confirming the partnership with Zinox, Mr. Louis Iwegbuna, the head of TD Plus, said that his company is a specialized support company that has signed on Zinox to enable the company to concentrate on its area of core competence. He said that his company was already offering support to Zinox users at the following levels – the helpdesk, which enables users to phone in and get instant support by talking to experts who tell them what to do; the on-line support, which enables users to check the status of the machines on-line or even to download drivers on-line; the carry-in, which offers across the counter support to customers while they wait; and the on-site support for customers with over 500 systems deployed at a site.
He said that TD Plus also trains the Engineers of organizations with large deployments to trouble shoot and send an inventory to TD Plus. Mr. Iwegbuna said that there are time limits attached to every chore to ensure that customers experience minimal downtime. He said that usually, the company offers a replacement if the issue would take more than 48 hours to resolve. Iwegbuna said that experience has shown that the few problems that users have with Zinox computers arise from the fact that many are first time users. Secondly, most of the problems are software related not necessarily with the hardware. He said that all given, Zinox computers remain one of the most durable and internationally certified PCs in the country today.
TD Plus was set up as a support company in a bid to offer relief to thousands of Nigerian PC owners who were finding it difficult to resolve their support issues. TD Plus operates under the certification of all the international OEMs in Nigeria including HP, Microsoft, Dell, Toshiba, Acer, APC by Schneider, and now Zinox. TD Plus has support centers in Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos, and is currently building a world-class 750 sq meters support center located in the center of Abuja to support all approved brands in and around Abuja. This center would be commissioned in August 2010. TD Plus has deployed a qualified Engineer in all the 13 Zinox offices across the country.

 


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Rivers State, Shell Inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Project

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The Rivers State government and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), energy company, recently inaugurated the Egi/Igburu Cluster Development Board (CDB) for pipeline communities to SPDC’s Assa North Gas project, which has a capacity for 300 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and the potential to be one of the largest domestic gas projects in Nigeria when completed.

Rivers State, Shell Inaugurate Cluster Development Board for Assa North Gas Project

Barrister Elloka Tasie-Amadi, State Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, at the ceremony, urged the Comrade Orikoha Ekwueme-led newly elected officials of the CDB to use the opportunity of leadership to make positive impacts that will improve living standards in their communities.

He said, “The state government is always available to support you. Always speak with your people, including the Community Trust Committees (which were also newly inaugurated). Adequate communication will ensure the buy-in of all your stakeholders”.

He decried those who see leadership as opportunity for self-seeking gains. “Leadership is more of sacrifice; not an opportunity for personal benefit”, The Commissioner said.

Also, at the inauguration, Mr. Igo Weli, SPDC general manager External Relations,  said, “The Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU), that you signed today, sets the framework for long-term partnership between SPDC JV and the Egi/Igburu Cluster. The GMoU runs on the principle of community-led development. Today, SPDC JV commits to providing funding to help you realise your community development aspirations.”

Represented at the ceremony by Dr. Banji Adekoya, SPDC External Relations Manager for Projects and Opportunities, he asked the CDB to “be prudent and implement projects and programmes that will deliver maximum benefits to the Egi/Igburu communities. Note that government, SPDC JV and the communities that you represent will hold you accountable for the judicious utilisation of the development funds.”

“With the inauguration, SPDC reiterates the company’s commitment to the Assa North Gas Project and to making it an exemplary one, particularly in Nigeria’s quest for energy sufficiency, for power generation and industrialization”, he said.

On its part, the new CDB committed to use SPDC’s award-winning GMoU agreement, which is a community-led sustainable development and interface management model that puts the communities in the driving seat in setting development priorities and implementation of programmes and projects to meet their needs.

The GMOU is a proven winning approach introduced in 2006, adopted across SPDC’s operational areas and provides a secure five-year funding for communities to implement development projects of their choice.

With the inauguration of the Egi/Igburu CDB, SPDC now has 40 active GMoUs in Abia, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers States. Since 2006, SPDC JV has disbursed a total of $252 million to communities through these GMoUs.

The Assa North/Ohaji South gas project is a joint venture project involving the SPDC, the NNPC, Total E&P Nigeria Limited, and Nigerian Agip Oil Company, and will result in a new SPDC gas processing plant.

The development will help the federal government deliver on its ambition to provide enough gas for domestic consumption, power generation and gas-based ammonia and urea fertilizers for farmers.


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African Entrepreneurs Vying for Anzisha Recognition

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The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Anzisha Prize Conference on 27 October 2020.

Organisers say this year’s application season saw a record 1 200 applicants vying for a chance to join the Anzisha Prize fellowship.

From these applications, 20 businesses emerged that were 45% percent female-owned and represented sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and education.

Young entrepreneurs from Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania displayed impressive ventures that are tackling critical issues within their communities while also turning a profit. Through their businesses and entrepreneurial leadership skills, these job starters are paving a way for other young Africans to pursue entrepreneurship.

Selected as a top 20 finalist is 21-year-old Alaa Moatamed who is the co-founder of Presto, a company she describes as one of the leading delivery management platforms in Egypt. The venture provides business owners with an affordable and convenient delivery service for their customers.

Joining Alaa is 20-year-old Benjamin Mushayija Gisa from Rwanda who manufactures and packages natural organic products for consumption and for cosmetic purposes in the form of lotions and coconut soap.

“2020 has seen a global shift in the future of work. This year’s applicants have personified the resilience and innovation that Africa needs as we navigate our way into a post-COVID-19 future,” says Melissa Mbazo-Ekepenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize.

The Anzisha Prize, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has supported 122 entrepreneurs and 77 of those businesses have created over 2 000 jobs, with 56% of those being employment provided for young Africans under 25.

Peter Materu, Chief Program Officer, Mastercard Foundation says, “The success of the Anzisha Prize over the last decade stands as a resounding testament to the creativity and entrepreneurial potential of Africa’s very young people—a hugely under-tapped resource.

Through Anzisha, we’re reminded of what they can achieve when challenged and enabled to own and solve the problems they see around them. Now, as ever, the innovations that have emerged through the Anzisha Prize inspire and renew our faith in and commitment to their promise.”

This year, the top 20 will gather virtually from their various countries to share knowledge and learn from expert coaches and mentors as they prepare for their final pitches to a panel of external judges.

All the entrepreneurs will receive a cash prize of US$2 500. The grand prize winner will receive US$25 000, while the 1st runner and 2nd runner receive US$15 000 and US$12 500 respectively.


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FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

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Federal Government has included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria.

FG Bans Emirates Airlines from Operating in Nigeria

This is part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Hadi Sirika, minister of Aviation, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Friday.

According to Sirika, the decision was taken following a meeting between the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and European Unions (EU).

The ban would take effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.

“The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st September 2020,” Sirika tweeted.


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