Omatek Computers Limited in conjunction with the Governor Duke led Cross Rivers State government and Afribank last Thursday officially launched the Computer for All 'Crossriverian' Initiative.

This is on the bill of the N1.5billion stake from Afribank to Omatek recently to enable a credit facility for some categories of 'Cross River state indigenes' to purchase Omatek computers with payment stretched over several months. The scheme would help cater for employees of Cross Rivers State Civil Service and students.

This launch will see about 15,000 personal computers including laptops and desktops go to the State Government for interested civil/public servants. Governor Donald Duke in his bid to promote technology awareness in the State has also promised to subsidize 25 per cent of the cost of a laptop for 200 students of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH). In this arrangement, each student benefiting from the subsidy will only pay 75 per cent of the cost of a laptop.

The event, which hosted prominent citizens in the State such as the Deputy Governor, Head of Service, permanent secretaries and commissioners, also hosted over 500 Civil Servants that came to collect their own computers. Twenty five computers and laptops were distributed by the deputy governor and the head of service during the launch.

The Managing Director of Omatek Computers introduced the new laptops for Youths that will be sold for about N50,000 to N55,000. She applauded the State for the laudable consumer initiative and the passion of their governor to ensure that all Crossriverians civil servants and students are empowered with a computer.

The deputy governor in his speech aligned this initiative with newly commissioned Tinapa free zone. The Head of Service in his remarks showed his excitement in the initiative bridging the digital divide in the state and the computers being the machinery required by the state to make its e-governance project a huge success. He also called on all cross Riverians all over the country to take good advantage of this initiative to own a computer.

A resource centre is being developed by OMATEK and is planned to involve tertiary institutions, to enable them gain some technology know-how and research and development skills. Also, the OMATEK boss announced that resellers are currently being recruited in the state for effective implementation and to generate employment in the state. The managing director of Afribank was ably represented by the General Manager, public sector and the regional manger for South South.

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