Minister urges support of local OEMs
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The Coordinating Minister of Nigeria's Economy and Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has urged Nigerians to patronise indigenous original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), adding that it is only by so doing that technology could be transferred, employment opportunities created and a good life assured for the citizens.
Okonjo Iweala was speaking during a tour of the factory of Omatek Computers in Lagos. She said instead of looking up to the Federal Government for patronage, Nigerians should patronise locally made PCs, tablets and other ICT accessories.
“We will only succeed in this country if we patronise our own products. Let us look unto ourselves and leave government. If we patronise our own goods, we will grow the economy,” she said, adding that with a population of over 150 million people, the multiplier effect on the economy of patronising indigenous OEMs could only be imagined.
She also enjoined the Group Managing Director of Omatek Computers, Engr (Mrs) Florence Seriki, to make her products competitive in terms of quality, stressing that it was only by doing so that her products could defeat the competition posed by imported goods. She also urged her to look to the private sector for patronage instead of looking up to the government.
Earlier, Seriki conducted the minister around the expansive factory, where the government delegation was amazed by the huge investment Omatek had committed to the factory.