Hewlett-Packard (HP) has partnered with the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) for capacity building and business development.
Prime Post reports that Elizabeth Murano, the Managing Director (MD) of HP Africa, made the disclosure during her working visit to the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday.
Murano said that HP was aware of how things were tough for entrepreneurs hence the partnership.
According to her, technology is changing the world and we are lucky to be part of this journey, technology is changing the face of Africa and we are happy to be one of the leading technology companies.
“I feel deeply honoured to be in the front of the people in Nigeria, the businessmen and women who are contributing to HP’s success in Africa.
“You as entrepreneurs, HP know how tough your life is and that is the reason we are committed to providing you with the best service and practice so that you can make your own companies successful.
“And hopefully, we will be supporting you as much as we can so that we can make this continent as great as it deserves,” Murano said.
“It is time that Africa takes its destiny on its hands, it is time for us to show that we can be sustainable on our own.
“It time to show how creative we are and how hungry we are and show our kids that our future belongs to us if HP can contribute to it via Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“The CSR is just the word, I am glad that Google gave you free WiFi, and HP wants to give you power so that you can succeed and can give the power to your kids to succeed.’’
She noted that HP could work better with CAPDAN for them to understand that HP was here to make Computer Village successful because its success was HP’s success.
“When I was given the chance to lead HP Africa, the first thing I said to myself was that its time to give back and I will do my very best so that I can give you what you need to be successful.’’
The Managing Director of HP Nigeria, Mrs Ify Afe, said that the whole point of being here was to interact and check the pulse of how we were doing in HP.
“We cannot always sit back and assume that the effort we are making is exactly what you need which is why I advise you to be very open and share with us what we are doing right so that we can do more or not doing right so we can start to do it properly.
“Computer Village is the bedrock, the heart of what we do, this is where we are able to determine if it has the right impact on not.
“There is a CSR on education which is on Google platform where HP made a pledge to foster education within Africa through the HP life programme.
“The HP life programme started in South Africa.
“Working with CAPDAN, we also want to make sure that we are educating you but you need to develop the curriculum and what else you need to see in this training.
“Do not be confined by want we bring to you, give us feedback.
The CAPDAN President, Mr Adeniyi Ojikutu, said the training was a development for individuals, development for the hub and development for Nigeria and Africa.
Ojikutu said that the association requested for more CSR from HP for capacity building and business development for HP dealers and engineers.
“So, to this end, let us have a project that is laudable, let the CSR incentives and benefits that comes to us as partner of HP be more embracing so that the relationship will be stronger.