Special Report ! A Historic landmark Promise Kept ... As Third World I.T Billionaire, Leo Stan Ekeh' s Zinox Computers Delivers 100,000 units of the Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) devices to the National Population Commission
" A brand is a promise! A good brand is a promise kept.”— Muhtar Kent.
By Mike Cerutti Osagie
Was it not the great and extremely charismatic Reverend Jesse Jackson, the one-time black American presidential candidate with the Democratic Party that once mused thus-
‘All of us are not born giants, with silver spoons in our mouth and gold slippers on our feet. Some of us are born short of hopes, short of opportunity, abandoned, neglected, homeless, motherless, teeth crooked, eyes tangled, dream busted, but somebody has got to measure their greatness not by leaping up but by reaching back and reaching out and loving and caring and sharing.’’
History books are indeed jam-packed with stories of men who rose from grass to grace in their chosen profession, they ideally fit the tag of rag to riches stories and one of such men is the African computer whiz, Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh, better known around the globe as LEO STAN EKEH.
Nonetheless, those who are very close to him and the people in his village are at home when they call his sobriquet title: IYI, (Stream).
Ekeh could be said to be like an ocean of sorts; he is like a stream of water to his people, always at home building churches, schools, constructing roads for his people…indeed his money is like the deep Blue Ocean that never ceases to flow.
His story is a case book analysis, which quickly reminds one of the age old fact that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams; Leo Stan stands tall here.
His father was not rated amongst the first class Igbo (A business minded tribe of Eastern Nigeria). As a young boy growing up in a middle class setting, he was not all that handsome or had all he craved as a kid; neither did he pose an outstanding talent, but he has always been blessed with a shrewd head on his shoulder and armed with plenty of push.
As a kid, his ambition then was to own the biggest transport company In Nigeria, for he was fascinated by the way the transportation business in Nigeria was bustling then and the money, flowing and spinning like milk and honey.
Today, many decades after, he may not be singing from the same song sheet amongst today’s top three transporters, but he is already enjoying fame and glory as one of Africa’s biggest information technology player and also called by close circle of friends as a 'Third World I.T billionaire.'
No doubt the business man of the moment, his company Zinox Technologies was recently awarded by the Federal Government of Nigeria with a whopping contract worth over N85bn , for the supply of the tech components and other accessories for the 2023 national census project.
The contract, was awarded to Zinox after ratification by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Zinox, which has already commenced supply of the first batch of about 100,000 units of the Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) devices required for the nationwide enumeration, emerged the undisputed and preferred technical partner for the exercise after scaling a rigorous bid process involving other local and international competitors- Zinox stood out in the intense series of background checks conducted to affirm the capacity, experience, integrity and ethical standing of the bidders, with the technology giant also meeting the rating as an indigenous technology powerhouse with global connections which has consistently enjoyed the confidence of leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other tech heavyweights the world over.
Also, just this week , words of bond came to pass when the National Population Commission (NPC) received the first batch of 100,000 Personal Assisted Devices (PDA) for the conduct of the 2023 Population and Housing census.
The Chairman, Zinox Nigeria, Leo Stan-Ekeh, producers of the device, at the historic presentation said the PDA was produced with highest quality to deliver on the headcount.
Mr Stan-Ekeh appreciated the Federal Government through the National Population Commission for the opportunity to contribute to ICT development in the country.
The Chairman, NPC, Alhaji Nasir Isa Kwara, who received the PDAs, said the Commission remains committed to delivering an accurate, reliable and acceptable headcount.
He said the delivery of the PDAs will go a long way in ensuring that functionaries on the field capture and count Nigerians digitally.
Alhaji Kwara called on all Nigerians to support the process and present themselves to be counted.
Our correspondent reports that the second and final batch of the PDAs will arrive next month.
* No doubt a big break for I.T Mogul Leo Stan Ekeh' and his Zinox Technologies team who can also do what foreign blue chip organizations were doing for Nigeria in the days of yore.
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