CWG Plc Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

Mr. James Agada
Mr. James Agada, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG)

The Board of Directors of Computer Warehouse Group Plc (“CWG” or “the Company”) wishes to notify all stakeholders and the general public of changes in the Company’s executive management Continue reading

Chief Information Officer, Standard Bank visits CWG Plc

The Chief Information Officer of Standard Bank, PBB Rest of Africa, Klaas Kruger and his team visited Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc) headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria recently. The visit was aimed at strategic discussion on technology solutions that CWG Plc offers and the value it can add to the bank’s operation.

L-R: Mr. Klaas Kruger, Group Chief Information Officer, Standard Bank Plc; Mrs. Ruby Onwudiwe, Chief Information Officer, Stanbic IBTC; Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc and Mr. Wole Adeniyi, Executive Director, Business support, Stanbic IBTC at the corporate head office of CWG Plc, in Lagos
L-R: Mr. Klaas Kruger, Group Chief Information Officer, Standard Bank Plc; Mrs. Ruby Onwudiwe, Chief Information Officer, Stanbic IBTC; Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc and Mr. Wole Adeniyi, Executive Director, Business support, Stanbic IBTC at the corporate head office of CWG Plc, in Lagos

In his presentation, the Chief Executive Officer of CWG Plc, Mr. Austin Okere used the key ring concept to explain CWG’s solutions offering. The concept denotes the Company’s ability to handhold an institution’s entire Information Technology needs end-to-end to assure the customer of a single responsibility partner across the IT solution stack and thereby significantly minimizing risk.  According to Okere, CWG Plc has world class IT facilities and capabilities as well as strong relationships with global technology brands and esteemed clientele spanning over two decades, and is poised to replicate the unique value Pan-African wide to meet the growing requirements of her global customers, who want a consistent service level across their Africa operations. Continue reading

CWG Board Appoints Austin Okere as Vice Chairman, Kunle Ayodeji, as Executive Director and Okey Onyia, as Vice President

The Board of Directors of Computer Warehouse Group Plc (“CWG” or “the Company”) wishes to inform all stakeholders and the general public that, as part of the Company’s strategy to strengthen its structures towards achieving its short and long term goals, some strategic appointments have been made.

Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc
Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc

Mr. Austin Okere has been appointed as the Vice Chairman, in addition to his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Okere will assume the Vice Chairman role immediately. He is an ardent Entrepreneur with over two decades of experience in Information Technology Industry.

He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Columbia Business School (CBS), New York, and a member of the World Economic Forum Business Council on Global Growth Companies, Board of National Competiveness Council of Nigeria, ICT Advisory Board to Hon. Minister of Communication Technology, and the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), a Washington based nonprofit organization that drives poverty reduction by catalyzing business growth and investment in the developing world. His wealth of knowledge in IT and Entrepreneurial development will contribute enormously to the continuous growth of the Company.

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Leverage on Technology to Grow Your Business, CWG CTO Tells Entrepreneurs

The Chief Technology Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG), Mr. James Agada has advised entrepreneurs to leverage on opportunities technology innovations afford to boost their productivity and grow their businesses.

James Agada, CTO CWG Plc,   speaking to entrepreneurs at the NASME annual conference in Lagos
James Agada, CTO CWG Plc, speaking to entrepreneurs at the NASME annual conference in Lagos

 “You have to use technology to push your business. And, this age of innovations has made technology cheaper. Today, you do not have to be in all locations but you can open an online store and be visible in many locations. You can stay in one location and be able to track what you have in multiple shops that you own. And, we have rolled out a couple of such innovations uniquely for SMEs that you will need to exploit”, he advised.

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Solve electricity theft to save the power sector, by James Agada

The FG has taken vital steps in resuscitating the electricity sector – from privatisation, intervention funds, meter procurement, and investment in new power plants to mention a few. It is understandable that these fundamental changes will take time to fully turn the sector around and assure Nigerians of constant power supply.

Mr. James Agada, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG)
Mr. James Agada, Chief Technology Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG)

As the Honourable Minister of Power has recently pointed out however, with technical and commercial losses running at 75% in some areas, the entire system will struggle to make the necessary investment to ensure a sustainable and reliable power system. A large percentage (perhaps, 50-60%) of these losses can be attributed to energy theft – people consuming power without paying for it. This can happen either inadvertently or deliberately. Inadvertently because the power companies are not metering and collecting the payment. This is usually a smaller percentage because the power companies simply use estimated billing to cover for the unmetered consumers. The deliberate stealing of electricity is widespread and happens through various schemes including – direct connection to the overhead low tension distribution cables, bypassing the meter so that only a small load is connected to it while the rest are connected directly to the supply behind the meter or tampering with the meter to make its reading inaccurate. Continue reading

CWG Earns CBN PTSP Operational Licence

Computer Warehouse Group Plc (CWG), the leading Pan-African ICT Company has been issued the license to perform the activities of Payment Terminal Service Provider (PTSP) to Point-of-Sale terminals (PoS) in Nigeria by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

L-R: Mr. Sadiku Yakubu, Assistant Manager, Banking & Payment System, CBN;  Mr. Amir I. Adamu, Senior Supervisor, Banking & Payment System, CBN; Mr. James Agada, Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc and Mr. Ademola Akintade, Team lead, POS Technical, CWG Plc during the PTSP Licence audit in Lagos.
L-R: Mr. Sadiku Yakubu, Assistant Manager, Banking & Payment System, CBN; Mr. Amir I. Adamu, Senior Supervisor, Banking & Payment System, CBN; Mr. James Agada, Chief Technology Officer, CWG Plc and Mr. Ademola Akintade, Team lead, POS Technical, CWG Plc during the PTSP Licence audit in Lagos.

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Okere Charges Entrepreneurs to attain the 3 Powers for Success in Business

Mr. Austin Okere, the Founder and Chief Executive officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc Okere speaking on “Leveraging Technology for SME Growth”, at the maiden edition of the Annual Fidelity SMEs conference held in Lagos.
Mr. Austin Okere, the Founder and Chief Executive officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc Okere speaking on “Leveraging Technology for SME Growth”, at the maiden edition of the Annual Fidelity SMEs conference held in Lagos.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Mr. Austin Okere has charged Small and Medium business owners to ensure that their business visions are driven by the “3 Powers of success”. This, he said, includes the Way power, the Will power and the Wait Power.

He made this known in a panel discussion, with the theme “Leveraging Technology for SME Growth”, at the maiden edition of the Annual Fidelity SMEs conference that was held in Lagos. The panel featured outstanding entrepreneurs in the ICT sector of the country, including Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, the Founder of Zinox Technologies; Mr. Nicolas Martin, CEO and Co- Founder of Jumia ; Mr. Charles Anudu, CEO, SWIFT Networks; Mr. Bankole Cardoso, Founder Easy Taxi; Mr. Opeyemi Awoyemi, Co-Founder Jobberman and Mrs. Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One. Continue reading

CWG wins Wincor ATMs Best Absolute Achievement award in PMEA

1.L-R: Paulo Gomes, President, Middle East and Africa, Wincor Nixdorf;  Peter Woydich, Sales Director, Wincor Nixdorf; Olatayo Ladipo-Ajai, Head, e-Channels Business, CWG Plc; Ini Akpan, Managing Director, Softworks Limited; Eckard Heidloff, Chief Executive Officer, Wincor Nixdorf at the Wincor Nixdorf’s Portugal, Middle East and Africa (PMEA) Regional Partners’ Conference and Award Ceremony held in Mauritius
L-R: Paulo Gomes, President, Middle East and Africa, Wincor Nixdorf; Peter Woydich, Sales Director, Wincor Nixdorf; Olatayo Ladipo-Ajai, Head, e-Channels Business, CWG Plc; Ini Akpan, Managing Director, Softworks Limited; Eckard Heidloff, Chief Executive Officer, Wincor Nixdorf at the Wincor Nixdorf’s Portugal, Middle East and Africa (PMEA) Regional Partners’ Conference and Award Ceremony held in Mauritius

The leading Pan African business transformation ICT Company, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Plc has again won the Wincor Nixdorf Best Absolute Achievement award. The presentation was made at the recent Wincor Nixdorf’s Portugal, Middle East and Africa (PMEA) Regional Partners’ Conference and Award Ceremony held in Mauritius.

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Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria: Milestones and Opportunities

CWG Teleport support and Data-Centre Facility will power the first Free to air Digital Television in West Africa
CWG Teleport support and Data-Centre Facility will power the first Free to air Digital Television in West Africa

Digital broadcasting is the practice of using digital data rather than analogue waveforms to transmit broadcasts over television channels or assigned radio frequency bands.

The international telecommunication union (ITU) set 17 of June, 2015 as the deadline for all countries to migrate to the digital system. Nigeria, on her own part, set January 1, 2015 as the deadline for the transition, months before the ITU deadline. Continue reading

Democratizing technology for business growth

Alhaji Bature Umar, Director-General of SMEDAN (L) and Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc during the signing ceremony in Abuja recently.
Alhaji Bature Umar, Director-General of SMEDAN (L) and Mr. Austin Okere, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CWG Plc during the signing ceremony of an MoU that will ensure the provision of a technology platform accessible to MSMEs at a very low cost

When a small business grows, it adds locations from where to serve customers. It adds staff, grows her inventory and requires additional funding from banks and other financial institutions to sustain the growth. The financial institutions in turn demand proper business record keeping and in some cases a history of financial records. With operations in multiple locations, the small business has difficulty keeping track of inventory, sales and cash from the different locations. The growth is capped by her ability to surmount these challenges. And if she just grows without dealing with these challenges, the growth very quickly becomes unsustainable and she runs into difficulty with suppliers, financiers and customers. This is a familiar refrain of many SMEs.

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