Omatek Computers Limited has won ‘The System Builder Partner’ 2005 award for the West, East and Central Africa (WECA) region conferred on it by software giant Microsoft Corporation at its recent annual end-of-year meeting which held in South Africa. The award was formally presented to Omatek at a brief ceremony in Lagos to make the Nigerian company gain equal spot as one of the world’s leading computer manufacturing companies in the mould of HP, Dell and Toshiba.

The award is the very first of its kind to be won in this region of the world. Omatek was ranked top on system quality, product stability and volume among other criteria to beat several manufacturers within the 42 countries that make up the Microsoft -WECA region. With this award, Nigeria has earned a remarkable climb on the global ratings of countries where local ICTs production offers great potential for leapfrogging their economies.

“This is not a Mickey Mouse award. This award recognises Omatek as a global player in the likes of other global giants. It establishes the company as a major partner in recognition of her strength and the quality of her products, said Microsoft through its General Manager (Microsoft Nigeria) Gerald Ilukwe. The Microsoft arrowhead in Nigeria extolled both the leadership qualities of Mrs. Florence Seriki, managing director of Omatek and the quality standard of Omatek brand of computers. The award has firmly put Omatek on an even pedestal with foreign brands, said Ilukwe.

In Lagos at the weekend the ‘System Builder Partner’ award was formally presented to the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Omatek Computers Limited. Chairman of Omatek, Mr. Fola Adeola and the Managing Director of the company, Mrs. Florence Seriki received the award on behalf of the Board. Mr. Fola Adeola in turn presented the award to the shareholders which was received by, Mr. Jim Ovia, who is also the Managing Director of Zenith Bank. Adeola is the former CEO of GTB. For Jim Ovia, it was a double win. Zenith Bank was recently awarded the ‘Bank of the Year Award’ by the 79 years old ‘The Banker Magazine, published by the Financial Times of London.

The Omatek chairman, Mr. Adeola, expressed appreciation on behalf of Omatek Computers Limited to Ovia for making the Omatek vision a dream come true. He promised that Omatek Computers Limited will continue to utilise shareholders funds judiciously and will grow from strength to strength especially with him as chairman and Mrs. Seriki as the managing director.

“This award is a further challenge on us all to strive harder and with the continuous support of the shareholders, we believe we would climb higher heights,” said Mr. Adeola who congratulated Mr. Ovia for Zenith Bank’s recent success as the ‘Banker of the Year.’

For Mr. Ovia, Omatek has proven to be a company with the energy to achieve success. Going back into history to when he was first approached by Mrs. Seriki for financial commitment into Omatek, Ovia said the management of the computer company has demonstrated clear commitment to making a success story out of the Omatek vision. “This is the Amazon of our time,” said Mr. Ovia at an evening that brought together stakeholders and well wishers of West Africa’s leading computer manufacturer. Also present to receive the award were Chairman Omatek Ventures Limited (different from Omatek Computers) Dr. Timothy Farinre, Deputy Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Mr. Emefiele, Executive Director, Mr. Elias Igbin-Akenzua, and representatives of Intel and many others.

“This award confirms Omatek’s pioneering status in building quality computer systems and a stamp of excellence attesting to the quality and volume of computers produced by Omatek computers limited. This award is a major industry achievement and should be celebrated by all Nigerians as this is a pointer that Nigeria is positioned to serve the African markets, especially with the assembly of casings and speakers for which Omatek is the first in Africa, said Mrs. Seriki.

“The winning of this award was made possible as a result of our vision to achieve and maintain quality so as place Omatek brand of computers side by side with foreign brands. We have maintained the use of Intel motherboard and processors in all our computer systems. This award is a good testimony of Africa and particularly Nigeria, to the rest of the world that we are capable and ready for them to outsource to us. With companies like Omatek, Nigeria is no doubt set for export of truly Nigerian personal computers, casings, speakers and other computer accessories to boost the nation’s non-oil revenue, which is in great need, and reduce the nation’s dependence on oil revenue,” added Seriki.

Seriki appealed to the federal, state, local governments and all Nigerians not allow such private sector initiative shown by Omatek Computers Limited to die. “All hands must be on deck to ensure that as we celebrate this success, all must be done to keep and improve on it. An enabling environment must be created. Areas like multiple taxation, non complete compliance by federal agencies and ministries with the federal government circular of putting local brands on their “A” list, amongst others need immediate attention. Government should endevour to bring down duty on computer components to zero to encourage growth of the industry and encourage volume sale and quality delivery,” Seriki said while thanking government for its commitment so far to the industry. She noted that no government had expressed this much commitment to the industry than the government of President Obasanjo.

In the last two years, Omatek has emerged as a leading computer manufacturer on the continent. It won accolades at the last Telecommunications Africa event in Egypt organised by the International Telecommunications Union which made order for an Omatek brand PC for its Geneva headquarters. The company has established relationship with leading players such as Samsung and Intel to strengthen its product quality. It has remained the only company producing computer casings and speakers. It currently generates employment for over 4,000 Nigerians directly and indirectly.