By NBF News

The chairman, Zinox Technologies Ltd., Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, has disclosed that his company is ready to deliver 120,000 DDC machines to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within seven weeks.

He also urged indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to embrace collaboration, saying it was the only means to further strengthen the sector and to gain international respect.

Ekeh made this comment over the weekend during the courtesy call to his office by executive members of Joint Action Committee on ICT Awareness Development (JACITAD), led by its National President, Mr. Prince Osuagwu. The visit was to congratulate his firm for being rated by the International Data Corporation (IDC) as the best selling computer company in Nigeria.

This rating by the IDC makes Zinox Technologies Ltd. the market leader for Nigeria.

Ekeh noted that, local manufacturers like Brian, Omatek, Beta and his company, needed one another to become and to remain a force to reckon with. He stressed that they were already in the right direction while pleading for more support from relevant quarters to believe in Nigeria and its information technology hardware and software products rather than in foreign products. He added that Nigeria should look inwards to solve its problems.

Replying to the question on the capacity of a local company to deliver the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) DDC machines on time, Mr. Ekeh said Zinox made the DDC machines when the company was invited to intervene to save the voters registration in 2006. He assured that Zinox had the capacity to deliver the machines within seven weeks from date of confirmed order.

He said its facilities in Nigeria, Taiwan, China and United Kingdom were open for physical inspection.

He also said the Zinox Group would match the pricing of any foreign competitor, if given a chance.

In his words, 'we are a Nigerian company and this is not a sin and we have rescued INEC and major national projects in the recent past. We don't blow our trumpet because we pay attention to only the science of business and not the politics.'

Ekeh said the Zinox Group had been enhancing its capacity in the last three years in spite of the global down turn and could assure INEC that Zinox was bigger than most of these foreign companies, flooding Nigeria with unverifiable claims and no cultural responsibility.

The Zinox Chairman said the INEC DDC machines could only be delivered by a company with manufacturing, distribution and integration facility with at least 75 per cent control of resources internally to meet the eight-week deadline. said Zinox had this in Nigeria, South Africa, Europe and Asia including a 14-branch nationwide office network to facilitate support. Ekeh also said, Zinox had already obtained written commitments from Intel Corporation, Microsoft and No1. Webcam and Finger Print Scanner manufacturers in the world to deliver the last unit of product by the 5th week complete with an after sales support package.' 'These companies helped us in 2006 to intervene for INEC within 10 days. Zinox, he said, 'has obtained these commitments proactively hoping that the company may be considered as there is no time,' he added. 'If you fail with this sort of project, you take a total loss. It is not a business for brokers. They must watch commission takers because you have little options if you are disappointed and I think 2006 bore enough lessons.'