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NITDA, Omatek eye solar to power rural IT Centres in Nigeria

NITDA, Omatek eye solar to power rural IT Centres in Nigeria

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) may forge a tie with Omatek, one of the nation’s PC makers, to explore solar energy solutions for Rural Information Technology Centres (RITCs) across Nigeria.

Peter Jack, the Director General of NITDA, who dropped the hint during a visit to the Lagos plant of Omatek, said that the solar energy option promises to scale the “power challenges” facing the facilities set up by the IT implementing agency to bring ICTs closer to the rural populace.

According to Jack, NITDA is considering partnering with Omatek Computer to provide solar power solution to most of its RITCs centres across Nigeria.

The NITDA D-G, who led some of the directors of the agency to assess the Omatek facility, expressed his satisfaction over the level of development the factory has recorded in making sure that power problem is ameliorated in the country, according to a post-visit statement by the public sector tech body.

According to him, with the new technology that Omatek is deploying in the country, NITDA would considering partnering with the Nigerian technology company in providing solar power to some of the rural IT Centres.

‘We need to consider deploying this technology to our RITCs and e-learning sites to solve the problem of power outage”, Jack said.

Florence Seriki, the CEO of Omatek Computers, told the visiting NITDA team that the size of panels in solar technology no longer matter as advances in technology “has taken care of that.”

Progress has been made in using inverters to generate power, she added noting that with the new 3KVA inverters, power problems could be a thing the past.

According to Seriki, Omatek is also partnering with the Ministry of Power to deploy the new technology to homes under a pilot scheme of the project carried out in Abuja some months ago.

Omatek is increasing local content input in its assembly process, she added, noting that that the Nigerian company now produces its keyboard and packaging.

While acknowledging efforts by Omatek in reducing unemployment in the country, Vincent Olatunji, Deputy Director, Corporate Strategy and Research, urged the company to make those technologies available and affordable.

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