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Nigeria: Students Link Inspiration to Zinox Group

Computer students from tertiary institutions across the country, under the aegis of National Association of Computer Science Students, (NACOSS) has extolled Zinox Group as the source of their inspiration in their studies as undergraduates of Computer Science.

National President of NACOSS, Segun Adanigbo, disclosed this during their recent visit to the Zinox Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

He said the computer students had studied the development of the Zinox Group from the early days of Task Systems in 1988, which they said inspired them into opting for the study of computer science in the university.

Adanigbo said that NACOSS members were motivated by the fact that Task Systems became Nigeria's number one solutions company; Technology Distributions rose to become the number one Information and Communications Technology (ICT) distribution company in sub-Saharan Africa while Zinox the manufacturer of the fastest selling PCs in Nigeria.

He described the achievements as a source of hope for Nigerian youth given the high mortality rate in the Information Technology (IT) sector arising from the under development of the Nigerian economy and the depressed global economy.

The NACOSS executive, who represented the over 250,000 ICT minded youths in Nigeria, also presented the Award of National ICT Icon to the Chairman of the Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh, in recognition of his "immeasurable contributions toward youths empowerment, nation building, and the development of the Information and Communications Technology Industry in Nigeria."

Receiving the award, Ekeh thanked the students and described the recognition as fulfilling because it was coming from students, whom he said are the leaders of tomorrow. He told them that they were already reading the right course, computer sciences, adding that they must work hard and make good grades. He also advised the students to remain focused on IT because it would be the main driver of all aspect s of the economy.

"Do not allow any situation or anybody to put you off. The economy would always need professional like you to drive the ICT revolution," Ekeh said.

Responding to a request for Zinox partnership with NACOSS, Ekeh said the Zinox Group would always support the activities of NACOSS. According to Ekeh, innovation was at the heart of the survival of the Zinox Group.

"Innovations enable you as an IT professional to add value to what you are offering the consumer," he said.

Alluding to the incorporation of the naira sign on the Zinox international keyboard as the defining act of the indigenous computer, the Zinox boss urged the students to be creative and always seek new ways of doing things.

"You must add value to your consumer, the ICT profession as a body of knowledge, and to your nation. That is the only time that you can call yourself a true ICT professional, he explained," he said.

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