The famous University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) is in the news, and for good reasons. This time, it has started a new journey that will kindle the local content in ICT drives.
Nigeria’s technological drives took a notable turn with the commissioning of Lion Laptop Complex at the University.
Of course, it opens a new chapter in the quest for industrializing Nigeria with a semblance of China’s resilience at the uptake of its industrialization.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNN, Prof Benjamin Ozumba; Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governors of Delta and Enugu State respectively and Prof. (Mrs) Uche Azikiwe graced the occasion and were surely impressed after the demo on the assembly process done by the brain behind the project- Charles Emembolu, Crestsage Limited.
Though the harder journey is ahead, especially as the innovators move towards increasing the local content and sustain facility production, it is worthy of note that “Technological growth is like a chain reaction it starts somewhere and grows rapidly or rather wild particularly when the government catalyzes it by fully supporting it via policies, financially, etc.”
“However some persons must start the course; take the bull by the horn. When it proves to be profitable, more people will be inclined to starting the same business”, one of the good will messages read.
Engr Charles Emembolu, the CEO of Crestsage who is also an alumnus of the university explained that the Lion laptop project will deliver local content in the billion-naira industry by value substitution of components with locally available materials and labour. It will be recalled that Emembolu and some other University Alumni delivered the Roar Nigeria business incubator and technology hub at University of Nigeria in December 2016.
The Lion laptops meets the needs of the Nigerian student matching quality with affordable cost and capacity to produce bespoke specification for different school and government initiative across the country.
Speaking at the event Engr. Emembolu confirmed that the complex will employ about 500 people when producing at full capacity. He also affirmed that the complex offers an on-campus manufacturing and learning environment for the university community, students and researchers.
The ultra-modern complex will serve as an avenue to empower the youth with much needed applied technology skills to take a leadership role in Nigeria’s economic emancipation.
Professor Ozumba called on the relevant government, private, technology and local content bodies to support the initiative in line with the need for industrialization and youth empowerment. He noted that Nigeria’s youthful population is an asset that needs to be prepared for a prosperous future of Africa and the world.
The University don also noted that this initiative is in line with the vision of the University’s founding fathers, “To restore the dignity of man”.