If there is any programme initiated by the Federal Government that deserve commendation its N-power job programme, which is targeting over 500,000 Nigerian youths. 200, 000 people are already in its payroll. Though, it’s designed to last for two years, the technology embedded in the programme has further makes it unique.
While unveiling the commencement of the programme in 2016 FG already had plans to give out “N-powerment” devices to successful volunteers, which led to the commissioning of nine tech firms to produce high-powered tablets for the volunteers. Unfortunately HP later pulled out.
So, who are the brains behind N-power Tablet Devices?
Financially powered by the Bank of Industry (BoI), N-power devices that were produced and currently being given out to volunteers include: Samsung Galaxy Tab E, AfriOne 2-in-1 Transformer, Techno Droid 10, Zinox Zpad tablet, Floss Signatures, Speedstar windows, RLG tablet, and Brian N-pad.
Let’s take a look at the profile of the manufacturers of the N-power device tablets.
1) Speedstar Windows N-power tablet: BETA COMPUTERS Limited
The name might not be popular among some of the N-power volunteers, but BETA COMPUTERS has integrity in the area of technology solutions. The company has been in the technology market since February 1989, when it was incorporated. When you talk about technology solutions in the government circles, BETA Computers will be among the list.
Beta Computers took off as an Information Technology Solutions Company providing services in the area of Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP), POS and accounting, Networks- WLAN,LAN,WAN, IP & internet, Access control & time attendance, E-learning etc.
You must have worked diligently well to be partners to some of the world’s leading brands like HP, IBM, DELL, CISCO, INTEL, MICROSOFT and SAGE. BETA COMPUTERS has gotten that leverage because of its hands-on technology solutions.
The company is a good choice commissioned to produce Speedstar windows by the N-power.
Beta Computers doesn’t only supply N-power, it’s also the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of SPEEDSTAR range of personal computers accredited by the Federal Government of Nigeria for purchase by all her Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
Contact details of BETA COMPUTERS
Lagos: 13 Adebola Street, Off Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos State.
Official website: SpeedStar Windows
2) Afrione 2-in-1 Transformer: Afrifone Limited
Afrifone Limited is one the firms commissioned to produce devices for the N-power job initiative of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. It’s the manufacturer of 2-in-transformer, Gravity Z1, and Champion…a company located in Nigeria, producing gadgets for world’s consumption.
Its device is one of the best beating other established names in the smartphone industry.
Incorporated in 2016, AfriOne is a subsidiary of London-headquartered Contec Global Group.
It plans to penetrate Nigerian market, and subsequently the African mobile assembly market by establishing a manufacturing plant in Lagos. The first factory has been established in Oshodi, Lagos.
The aim of the tech firm is to align with the “Made in Nigeria” initiative of the present government and generate employment opportunities for the Nigerian youth.
The company presently has four assembly lines, and determined to provide jobs to about 500 indigenous workers at the rate of 120 workers per assembly line. Afrifone Limited will also indirectly empower 5000 youth through its “young entrepreneur” and “Afrifone distribution” programme specifically aimed at creating employment through creative ideas in the technology.
Afrione takes pride to be the first mobile, tablet, laptops, and consumer electronics manufacturer in Nigeria and in fact in the whole of Africa. The company’s state of the art facility is spread out over 20,000 sq.ft. including R&D and testing laboratories in Lagos State. The facility will be able to produce 300,000 products a month on its four production lines.
As a pioneer entity we see this as just the first phase of an opportunity to standardize the use of technology in Nigeria by offering affordable innovations and removing barriers for large-scale adoption of advanced technology and make it accessible to everyone –hence the tagline Afrione-One for everyone.
On April 21, 2017, Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and other dignitaries was at the formal launch of the smartphone maker.
“We model products that utilize cutting-edge technology, reflect a modern, sleek design and integrate the latest and arguably necessary financial technology such as mobile banking, all with the goal of facilitating connectivity among Nigerians and the rest of the world.” -said Founder and CEO of AfriOne, Sahir Berry.
AfriOne Major Executives
|Founder and CEO of AfriOne||Sahir Berry|
|Director of Strategy and Government Relations||Lekan Akinjide|
|Managing Director of Contec Global||Roheen Berry|
|Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO)||Hemang Kapur
|Chief Operating Officer (COO)||Sandeep Natu|
|Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)||Jai Patheja
During his tour of the company’s facility on September 5, 2017, Nigeria’s minister of communication and technology Adebayo Shittu was quoted by Guardian Newspapers as saying, “We will prevent, or at least, discourage the continuing practice of making Nigeria a dumping ground for all kinds of products and services.
“I have visited factories like this overseas. So When I see something like this in Nigeria, I want to put my full weight behind it and to ensure we promote it so that government would take it as its own project.”
Lekan Akinjide, AfriOne’s director of strategy and government relations, said the company’s products, which include laptops, tablets and mobile phones, can compete favourably with top players in the industry, especially with the added advantage of an indigenous end-to-end supply chain.
“It is the same quality, it is the same benchmark, it is the same testing that our products go through but with accessible servicing and repairs.”
We wish AfriOne the best in Nigeria and Africa as the company is already to create a viable economic cluster that will include suppliers of the different components it needs.
Afrifone is a tech company that has great potentials in the Nigerian and African tech market.
3) Samsung Galaxy Tab E N-power Device: Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics is another maker of the N-power Samsung Galaxy Tab E. It’s a global tech giant that’s also into home the manufacturing of home appliances.
Since its founding in Suwon, Korea in 1969, Samsung Electronics has grown into a global information technology leader, managing more than 200 subsidiaries around the world.
The company’s offerings include home appliances such as TVs, monitors, refrigerators, and washing machines as well as key mobile telecommunications products like smartphones and tablets. Samsung also continues to be a trusted provider of key electronic components like DRAM and non-memory semiconductors.
Samsung compete favourably with other heavyweights in the manufacturing of smartphones. Interestingly, Samsung is still giving Apple a sleepless night over its seemingly smartphone market domination.
Official website: Samsung Electronics
Official website: Afrifone Limited
4) Zinox Zpad N-power Tablet: Zinox Technologies
Zinox Technologies is a Nigerian-based tech firm that manufactures Zinox Zpad N-power tablet. It’s also into the production of laptop, smartphones and provide technology solutions as well.
Zinox has been playing a great role in Nigerian tech solutions before now.
Zinox boss, Leo-Stan Ekeh, is known for leading a team that delivered the largest single ICT project in Sub Saharan Africa. Under his leadership, the Group was responsible for the technology backbone in the 2007 and 2011 voters’ registration.
Zinox’s Corporate Social Responsibility Projects include building of digital centers and laboratories in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State; Federal Polytechnic, Idah; Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu etc.
Official website: Zinox Zpad Technologies
5) RLG N-power Device Tablet: RLG
Next on our list is RLG, the maker of RLG N-power Tablet.
According to the company’s profile, Rlg Communications Group started operation in Ghana in 2002, first as a small internet cafe and later a mobile phone repair and sales outlet known as Roagam Links.
In 2006, the company was rebranded under the name Rlg Communications Limited, then as a subsidiary of the Agams Group of Companies Limited (now Agams Holdings Limited) as a limited liability.
In 2012, the company became a separate entity from the Agams Holdings Limited to form the Rlg Group of Companies with its subsidiaries being Rlg Communications Ghana Limited, Rlg Institute of Technology Limited, etc.
Over the years the company has evolved to become key entity in the ICT industry and is on its way to becoming a global ICT gaint.
Jumeirah Lake Towers Office 2705, X Cluster Jumeirah Bay Tower X2 391503, Dubai, UAE
+971 4 449 6100
Official website: RLG
6) Techno Droid 10 N-power Tablet: Techno
Techno Mobile, established in 2006, is a premium mobile phone brand of Transsion Holdings. As the first dual-sim handset in supplier Africa, Techno is dedicated to transforming state-of-the-art-technologies for emerging markets, providing tailor-made localized products under the guideline of “Think Globally, Act Locally.”
Official website: Techno-Mobile
7) Floss Signatures N-power Tablet
We can’t find anything informative about the manufacturer of N-power Floss Signatures tablet at this time, but the tablet phone does have presence on Facebook without any link to its official website, though. We’ll keep you updated when we’re able to find something useful about it.
That aside, Floss Signatures is one of the great tablets, if you ask me; one of the best N-power devices; the best in terms of battery.
Floss Signatures: Facebook Page
8) Brian N-pad
We can’t find any useful link to this maker at this time. We’ll keep you updated.
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