Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: FG Targets Civil Servants With New ICT Tools

The federal government is set to unveil the Nigerian Employees Digital Welfare scheme (NEDWS) powered by Buyright Africa, a digital lifestyle company that offers a convenient payment scheme on ICT equipment, home appliances and other lifestyle products to civil servants come December 6, 2012 in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka Wogu; Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Ibrahim Omar will launch the scheme for government workers who will be empowered with ICT equipment like computers, smartphones, printers, scanners, projectors, UPS and home appliances like television sets, refrigerators, deep freezers, microwave and electricity generating sets of any brand of their choice.

The ICT solutions will be sourced from Buyright Africa with the convenience of paying over a period of six months at zero interest rate. NEDWS is meant to empower employed citizens to extend quality living to their households.

This is the trend in the civilized world but here companies and individuals are afraid to extend credit facilities to employees without asking for an arm and a leg including the burden of completing complicated forms.

Managing Director of Buyright Africa, Mr. Mukoro Emomine, said "we have been test running this credit scheme for over 7 months and have over 7,500 certified employees who have benefitted from it." He said the intention of NEDWS and its partners is to build financial and moral integrity in the Nigerian employee of the 21st century towards the development of a viable credit based society.

He said the focus is to encourage employees to enjoy a minimum standard of living while working hard to improve productivity and reduce fraud at their work places. Buyright Africa has instituted a process that has certified as at the end of October over 19 companies in the private sector, nine federal ministries and MDGs, two state governments, six tertiary institutions, two churches and five co-operatives.

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