By NBF News

Information and Technology (IT) professionals in the country have poured encomiums on Zinox Computers for the high level of professionalism and patriotism demonstrated in supplying the technological backbone for the registration.

The President of the Nigeria Computer Society, Prof. Charles Uwadia said that the NCS was satisfied with the performance of Zinox in being the first of the three contractors to deliver fully. He said that Zinox set a record that justified the position of Nigerian professionals from the beginning that only Nigerian OEM's be short listed for the supply of the DDC Machines.

Prof. Uwadia said that Zinox supplied these machines in 2006 and had the capacity to deliver in 2010/2011. He said that Zinox virtually exceeded its mandate in terms of support, commitment and passion in a way that no foreign company would have done. He stressed that the performance of Zinox should be a pointer to Government in future considerations of Nigerian professionals in procurement, consultancy, manufacturing, training and delivering of systems. This should translate into patronage so that local content would be substantially improved upon.

National President of Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and Vice President of World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) Dr. Jimson Olufuye, said that he was proud with the performance of Zinox, an ITAN member. Olufuye said that this feat by an indigenous company can best be appreciated against the background that Zinox supplied 80, 000 machines representing 60 per cent of the entire order within the stipulated 35 days.

In the same light the Executive Secretary of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, Mr. Shehu Sikiru, gave kudos to Zinox for delivering 60 per cent of the DDC Machines ahead of the 35-day deadline thereby bringing relief to an apprehensive nation. He gave Zinox additional commendation for the patriotism of sending two additional Engineers to each State of the Federation including Abuja to assist INEC even though this was not part of the contract. 

It would be recalled that Nigerians had gone through the first ever biometric voters' registration exercise designed to produce a credible database for free and fair elections. In spite of the initial hitches, the Independent National Elections Commission, INEC, has announced that 60 million Nigerians were registered after 21 days of the exercise.