COMPUTING

Zinox, Intel, Microsoft to Empower Students in Nigeria

In a bid to promote the use of computers among students in the country, Zinox, Intel and Microsoft have formed a partnership that will empower 100,000 Nigerian students this season through Z-SCOP (Zinox Student' Computer Ownership Project).

The partnership, according to Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Computers, "is a robust initiative aimed at promoting the use of computers by our students (from primary to postgraduate level, including graduates serving their NYSC)".

Ekeh disclosed that Z-SCOP was targeting in the first phase at least 100,000 students in Nigerian institutions of learning who will acquire either laptops or desktops at highly discounted prices and zero interest rate with full warranty. In his presentation at the event, Leo Stan Ekeh explained that the first phase will see 100,000 students get computers. The Chairman reported that Intel, Microsoft and Zinox were expecting a multiplier effect in the short run that would lead to 500,000 students owning laptops and desktops in the first year. He informed the launch audience that, subsequently, as many as 1 million Nigerian students could be computerized yearly by the partnership.

The Chairman, Zinox Computers, declared that the momentum for the Z-SCOP was gained from the current promotion of Computer acquisition amongst staff of educational institutions through the instalment payment scheme. He also said that there are a number of MOUs that support this vision including the FGN/NUC/CNP, the Afrihub-Zinox, the Galaxy, and the ICT implementation MOUs for Federal educational institutions.

He further explained that students can take advantage of this offer in three categories. In the first category students who pay upfront into our dedicated bank accounts across the nation or through their respective school authorities. Qualified students will enjoy a 10% discount from our current prices for laptops and a 7% discount on desktops. Zinox shall charge N2500 for deliveries outside Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. In the second category, those student who are unable to pay in full, but can pay at least 10% to confirm the order will enjoy a 3% discount on our current prices and enjoy zero interest rate for the six months they are allowed to pay the balance. All we require from their parents are postdated cheques. The third category is for those who want to pay in twelve equal installments after a payment of 20% deposit with confirmed order. Qualified students under this scheme shall not pay any interest. All they have to supply are postdated cheques from their parents. Payment can be made in any branch of the three banks partnering with Zinox.

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