The Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu has commiserated with the family of the Founder and Chairman of Omatek Ventures Ltd, Late Mrs. Florence Omatule Seriki, and the nation’s ICT community over the sudden death of the frontline indigenous computer manufacturer.
A press release from the Minister’s Office noted that Barr. Shittu who received the news of her death with a rude shock, described her demise as an irreparable loss to the Seriki family, the nation’s ICT community and the country at large.
The Minister said that Mrs. Seriki died when the nation most needed her wealth of experience to boost ICT development in the area of manufacturing and assemblage of computers, equipment and accessories. According to him, her death is a monumental loss to the nation especially at this period that the government is courting the ICT sector as the next mainstay of the economy.
In his words: “Honestly speaking, the Nigerian ICT community will greatly miss her considering her huge contributions to the development of computer hardware and accessories. In fact, Mrs. Seriki, a team player, was a front liner who paved the way for other indigenous manufacturers of computers in Nigeria and Africa.
“It is worthy of note that her contributions transcend beyond the shores of Nigeria with a big factory in Ghana, as Omatek brand of computers is an household name in many African countries”.
He was optimistic that her demise will not wane down the growth and influence of the company in ICT development, stressing that “what she lived for should be upheld”.
The Minister prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased, adding that God will give the members of her immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.