In furtherance of its commitment to job creation and wealth generation Lagos State has announced plans to fund a technology incubation centre in partnership with AfriOne a technology-driven enterprise, for Made in Nigeria phones and other technological devices.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced this in Lagos at the formal commissioning of AfriOne manufacturing and assembly plant AfriOne Ltd weekend.
The governor who was represented by his Senior Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperative, Benjamin A. Olabinjo said ICT remains a vital instrument being used by the government to enhance service delivery across board; hence it is committed to the growth of the sector and development.
“AfriOne is a company in the business of promoting Made in Nigeria goods, job creation. It has a huge potential for job creation and wealth generation and its operations ties in with the vision of running a 24 hours economy in the state,” he said.
Ambode who hinted that the state has since signed a memorandum of understanding with the company to set up a technology incubation centre in Lagos state polytechnic, where youths would be productively engaged, said such efforts will be supported with funding from the Employment Trust Fund (ETF).
Briefing newsmen, the Chief Executive Officer of AfriOne, Mr Sahir Berry said the plant was a technological breakthrough and precedent for the company and for Nigeria.
Berry said that with the inauguration of the plant served as a pioneer in the manufacture and assembly of high-end communication technology in the African space.
He said that the company’s state of the art facility was spread out over 20,000 square feet including Research and Development (R&D) and testing laboratories.
According to him, the facility will be able to produce 300,000 products in a month on its four production lines.
He said that the company’s brands of Smartphone would soon be unveiled into the Nigerian market.
“The company models products that utilise cutting-edge technology reflect a modern, sleek design and integrate the latest and arguably necessary financial technology such as mobile health, mobile education and mobile banking.
“This is all with the goal of facilitating connectivity among Nigerians and the rest of the world,” Berry said.
The co-founder of AfriOne, Mr Hemang Kapur said that the products of the company were proudly and smartly crafted in Nigeria by Nigerians.
Kapur said that AfriOne served Africa’s largest socioeconomic power player with integrity.
He said that the company was hosting cutting-edge technology, stylish design, affordable price points and particularly, an inherent commitment to financial integration.
According to him, the financial integration was through the automatically installed mobile banking and financial technology, through the NowNow application.
“AfriOne aims to democratise technology by offering affordable innovations through our product offerings and removing barriers for large scale adoption of advanced technologies in Nigeria, hence our motto AfriOne – one for everyone.
“We offer a wide range of feature-rich and technologically loaded product lines from dual SIM mobile phones to educational tablet PCs and even android smart watches,” Kapur said.
The Chief Operating Officer of AfriOne, Mr Sandeep Natu, said that the company presently employed approximately 500 staff, who worked at its state-of-the-art product and testing facilities.
The Managing Director of Contec Global, Mr Roheen Berry, said that in addition to the production of contemporary ICT devices and accessories, AfriOne was dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).