As the minister of communications technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, unfolds the federal Government’s plan to revive the domestic computer market through a student ownership scheme, an indigenous computer maker, Beta Computer, says it is poised to play a major role in the initiative.
The minister, who visited the Speedstar Computers brand manufacturing plant of Beta Computers Limited, on Friday disclosed that the scheme was a public Private Partnership arrangement expected to equip Nigerian students in tertiary institutions, in the first phase, with computers and relevant content. This, she said , was in addition to the broadband connectivity needed to face the challenges of bridging the digital divide in the emerging worldwide knowledge economy.
The minister who was excited by the motorized conveyor driven assembling plant of Beta Computers, assured that the scheme, when fully implemented, would create thousands of jobs. This, according to her, will involve not only the manufacturer of the computers, but also the distribution, sales and support of the deployed computers.
The Managing Director, Mr. will Anyaegbunam, lauded the Federal Government for conceiving the schemes. He said, “We are ready to partner with the government on this scheme. We have the capacity to do that with our high quality Speedstar range of computers.”
Anyaegbunam identified negative perception as a major challenge facing indigenous computer brands, adding that there was no real difference in what Foreign brands were doing in PC manufacturing and the locally made ones. “All the laptop contain the same Intel processors and motherboards and the chassis known as “barebones” come from the same top ODMs (Original Design Manufacturer’s) in Asia,” he said.
Anyaegbunam said that Beta PC products had been through stringent quality tests that ensured the user got the very best in performance, stability and compatibility while providing excellent scalability and practical functionality for both home and enterprise computing demands.
Expected to be inaugurated later in the year, the minister said the scheme would make personal computers available to student of tertiary institutions at affordable prices with the payment done in a flexible manner. The minister promised the board of Beta Computers represented by its Chairman, Dr. Anthony Oboh, and two other directors, of government’s commitment to buying Nigeria goods.