CWG Becomes World Economic Forum Member

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Participants in The Digital Advantage at the World Economic Forum, AMNC 14, Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 2014. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Sikarin Fon Thanachaiary

Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc), the leading Pan-African Information Communications Technology, has been selected as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is in recognition of her contribution to the realization of WEF’s mission of “improving the state of the world” while she served as a Global Growth Company (GGC) on the forum.

This was contained in a statement by the representative of WEF in Nigeria, Mr. Babajide Fawole. According to it, “In recognition of the key role you have played in the realization of WEF’s mission to improve the state of the world as a Global Growth Company, WEF has restructured your engagement and is proud to welcome you as a Forum Member.” Continue reading

CWG Ghana receives ISO 9001:2008 compliance recertification

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Mrs. Harriet Yartey, Country Manager, CWG Ghana

CWG Ghana Limited, a member of the leading Pan African ICT Company, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc), has received the GS ISO 9001:2008, a Quality Management System Standard that recertifies the company to provide world class rate business enabling solutions in the country.

The issuance of the approval certificate follows a rigorous assessment carried out by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) following an application by CWG Ghana to have its Quality Management Systems (QMS) audited and certified in compliance with international standards and best practices.

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A dirge to the Nigerian Research and Education Network? by Austin Okere

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Austin Okere is the Founder of CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence at CBS, New York.

One of the proudest moments in the history of the Nigerian Education sector was the successful implementation and commissioning of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN).

Being the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, the pomp and pageantry that accompanied the unveiling event seemed justified and earned. The network which boasts 465mbps of internet capacity represented 20 times the average connectivity capacity leveraged by the universities.

This was a project conceptualized, deployed and managed by Nigerians under a consortium of indigenous companies including CWG Plc, Airtel, Medalion, Resourcery, and Phase 3; finally, a project for us by us. Continue reading

CWG Boss Advocates NgREN Resuscitation at NSE Marketing Closing Ceremony

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 L – R: Mr. Kunle Ayodeji, Executive Director, Finance & Operations, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc); Mr. Phillip Obioha, Chief Operating Officer, CWG Plc; Mr. Ade Bajomo, Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, NSE; Mr. Austin Okere, Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc; and Mr. James Agada, Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc at the Closing Gong Ceremony at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Mr. Austin Okere, The founder and Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc) has called on stakeholders in the private and public sector of the economy to contribute their quota towards ensuring that the Nigerian Education Research Network (NgREN) is not allowed to rot away as a white elephant project. Continue reading

CWG has the capacity to Operate NgREN for High Efficiency- James Agada

L-R: Professor Julius Okogie OON, Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor James O. I. Ayalse, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of katsina, Dutsin-Ma, M. Phillip Obioha, the Chief Operating Officer, CWG Plc and Mr. James Agada, the Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc at the 2015 NUC technology learning conference in Abuja.
L-R: Professor Julius Okogie OON, Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor James O. I. Ayalse, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of katsina, Dutsin-Ma, M. Phillip Obioha, the Chief Operating Officer, CWG Plc and Mr. James Agada, the Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc at the 2015 NUC technology learning conference in Abuja.

The Chief Technology Officer of Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG), Mr. James Agada has indicated that the company, being the leading IT service provider in Africa, has the capacity to operate the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) so as to  enable it offer the appropriate shared IT infrastructure tertiary institutions in the Nigeria need to succeed.

He made this known while speaking on the topic: “Using PPP to Advance ICT in Tertiary Education” at the 2015 education conference organized by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), the American University of Nigeria (AUN) and the Digital Promise Foundation, in Abuja. Continue reading

Six cardinal sins affecting ATM accessibility in Nigeria.

“Bauchi Deputy Governor Can’t Access Cash At ATMs”, the headlines screamed on July 1 2015. Apparently, there was no money in any of the three ATMs that the Deputy Governor tried, just to access N20k, according to a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Rabi’u Bello.

This is indeed a sad commentary for banks in Nigeria, especially against the backdrop of the recent NOI polls on Bank Financial Channels in the country, which revealed that ATMs were the most visible proceed of the banking sector reforms to Nigerians.

According to the survey, of all the bank channels, customers used ATMs 68% of the time compared to just 6% for Internet Banking and 6% for Point Of Sale terminals (PoS) respectively, with most customers using the ATMs more than once a week. The ATM has assumed great importance as the barometer of a bank’s brand as far as customers are concerned.

Austin Okere is the Founder of CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence at CBS, New York.
Austin Okere is the Founder of CWG Plc and Entrepreneur in Residence at CBS, New York.

It is therefore difficult to phantom why banks have not taken advantage of this ubiquitous channel to enhance their brand value and gain customer loyalty.

Given that my company is an active player in the industry as a Value Added Reseller of Wincor-Nixdorf ATMs, I feel obligated to disclose my interest; but it is this same vantage position that affords me the insight to comment on this passionate issue bedeviling Nigeria’s bank customers.

In my view, the unavailability of Banks’ ATM are predicated on six cardinal sins namely; Suboptimal Support Strategy, Low Spread, Low Penetration, Old Systems, Dirty and Mutilated Currency notes, and Techies running the show instead of business savvy personnel. Continue reading

CWG Academy grooms IT professionals and entrepreneurs: NITDA Confirms

Mr. Gbenga Odegbami,Group Head, Presales (middle) in a group picture with staff & graduates of the CWG Academy, Abuja
Mr. Gbenga Odegbami,Group Head, Presales (middle) in a group picture with staff & graduates of the CWG Academy, Abuja

Just recently, the leading Pan African ICT Company, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, graduated a set of students from her Abuja Academy. The graduating students are of the 2015 first session and they have successfully completed one month of rigorous classroom work and two months of practical training and life project attachment.

The graduation ceremony saw dignitaries from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), CWG Headquarters and of course the graduating students and their well-wishers. Continue reading

EMP CEO Visits CWG Facility, confirms CWG is a recognized brand in the Data Centre and Cloud Services management sector

The Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Markets Payments Group (EMP), Mr. Murat Ozulku, has led a delegation of the Company’s executives on a working visit to the corporate head office of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc in Lagos. The visit aims at deepening the partnership between both firms.

L-R: Mr. James Agada, Group Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc; Mr. Hany Fawzy, Chief Information Officer, EMP; Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc; and Mr. Adetoyese Oyerinde, Data Centre Manager, CWG Plc at the corporate head office of CWG Plc, in Lagos
L-R: Mr. James Agada, Group Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc; Mr. Hany Fawzy, Chief Information Officer, EMP; Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc; and Mr. Adetoyese Oyerinde, Data Centre Manager, CWG Plc at the corporate head office of CWG Plc, in Lagos

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