IT IS NO surprise to close watchers of Nigeria's fledgling IT industry to see Omatek Computers among the top-level players. The Lagos-based company has been around for nearly two decades, mostly as a vendor of foreign brands. Now it is in the forefront of promoting locally-assembled brain boxes from its Ojota factory, although not without teething problems.
Nigeria's computer industry is definitely entering a new phase and 2004 was pivotal for the indigenous players. Government affirmed a strong commitment to expanding market reach for local manufacturers in the public sector. It fashioned a new rule placing all locally-assembled branded computers on the 'A' list. By this, all decision makers within its ministries and departments are obliged to consider the home front first before looking elsewhere.
This is a market long dominated by foreign players: HP, IBM, Dell, Acer …