CLAIM: President Muhammadu Buhari takes supply of the primary ever Nigeria-made cellphone known as ITF Cellular.
VERDICT: No, there is no such thing as a cellphone made in Nigeria but. ITF will not be a primary made or assembled cellphone in Nigeria.
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On Wednesday, June 10, 2021, the web went agog with photographs and information experiences of president, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)receiving the first made in Nigeria phone known as ITF mobile.
Minister of Business, Commerce and Funding, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, whereas presenting the telephones to the president simply earlier than the Federal Govt Assembly tagged it as the primary ever to return in a foreign country.
Adebayo defined that the phone was one of many 12 produced, utilizing domestically sourced parts, by the Electrical/Electronics Know-how Division of the Industrial Coaching Fund’s Mannequin Abilities Coaching Centre.
He was quoted to have mentioned, “Twelve indigenous cell cell telephones produced by the Mannequin Abilities Coaching Centre of the Industrial Coaching Fund; an company beneath the Ministry of Business Commerce and Funding, had been launched.
“It offers me nice pleasure Mr President, to current you with one of many telephones.” The experiences went viral on numerous social media platforms as folks saved sharing and reposting.
Utilizing a key phrase search on Google and different search engines like google, it was found that earlier than Wednesday, quite a few Nigerians have give you sure cell phones tagged, ‘Made-in-Nigeria telephones.’
One among them was a report in 2017 by Technologytimes.ng that listed some made in Nigeria telephones out there available in the market amongst that are; Solo Aspire 3,Ankara K2 and Plirisblazex-64.
Solo Aspire 3
Aspire 3 smartphone was manufactured by a Nigerian tech firm, Solo, which was fashioned in 2012 by a bunch of telecoms professionals led by Tayo Ogundipe, a Nigerian-born ex-senior world government with HTC and Sony Ericsson, the report acknowledged.
The Ankara K2 smartphone was launched by a Nigerian system maker, Imose Cellular round early 2015. The smartphone is available in two color variants of black and white and helps twin mini SIM.
PLIRISBLAZEX – 64
Plirisblazex-64 smartphone was manufactured and launched into the tech market in 2015 by Pliris Cellular Restricted, a Nigerian tech firm, based by Oluwafemi Alade.
Additionally, on April 25 April 2017, The Guardian revealed a report stating the emergence of the first ever made-in-Nigeria cellphone by AfriOne.
The report partly learn, “ More than 15 years after Nigeria joined the worldwide system for cell communications, the primary made-in-Nigeria cellphone has lastly debut, thus throwing the nation into the rising league of communication devices producers.
“The cellphone, which parts are sourced and assembled domestically, serves as a technological breakthrough and precedent for the nation.
“The handset, which is coming from the secure of AfriOne Restricted, a technology-driven enterprise, is poised to standardise using know-how in Nigeria, providing inexpensive innovation and eradicating boundaries to massive scale adoption of superior know-how.”
Additionally, within the report, the Founder and Chief Govt Officer, AfriOne, Sahir Berry, on the inauguration of the plant, was quoted to have mentioned that the manufacturing plant in Lagos, serves as a pioneer within the manufacturing and assembling of high-end communication know-how within the African area.
“AfriOne champions company socio-economic improvement, whereas wholly supporting the ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ mantra. The corporate fashions merchandise that utilise cutting-edge know-how replicate a contemporary, smooth design and combine the most recent and arguably crucial monetary know-how reminiscent of cell well being, cell schooling and cell banking. That is all with the purpose of facilitating connectivity amongst Nigerians and the remainder of the world,” Berry mentioned.
No cellphone manufactured in Nigeria, says skilled
Nevertheless, the instant previous president of the Affiliation of Telecommunications Firms of Nigeria and the Nationwide Coordinator for the Alliance for Inexpensive Web, Olusola Teniola, instructed our correspondent in a cellphone interview, there was no file of any made-in-Nigeria cellphone, including that what was out there had been telephones that had been assembled in Nigeria.
Chatting with Sunday PUNCH, he mentioned the file should be set that there was no made-in-Nigeria cellphone.
Teniola mentioned, “ The very first thing is the cellphone that the federal government is asking made-in-Nigeria is definitely assembled in Nigeria as a result of there is no such thing as a cellphone that’s globally recognised to have been manufactured in Nigeria.
“The cellphone that was showcased by the minister of Business, Commerce and Funding, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, is simply an instance of different telephones which have been assembled in Nigeria.”
The Data Know-how skilled acknowledged that the parts that make up the cellphone weren’t manufactured in Nigeria; however are imported. “There isn’t a file of any cellphone absolutely manufactured in Nigeria but,” he added.
Teniola additional defined that , “The element that makes up the cellphone and the display screen had been packed by different know-how corporations outdoors Nigeria. Nigeria can solely declare to have assembled the cellphone. There isn’t a file of any indigenious cellphone that was constructed bottom-up in Nigeria.”
Teniola mentioned that he was conscious of some corporations assembling telephones in Nigeria similar to AfriOne clarifying that the companies solely assemble however don’t manufacture telephones.
“What they do at AfriOne is the assembling of element elements like others, however they don’t manufacture. Afrione is a kind of who’ve been capable of produce an assembled featured cellphone.”
Teniola mentioned the innovation by ITF was a “welcome improvement” to assemble a domestically made cellphone. This he mentioned would, “make the alternatives broadly extra out there to customers of their domestically assembled cellphone.”
The tech guru mentioned in Nigeria for now, “we would not have the capability to provide the parts that make up a cell phone.”
“ We don’t have that capability till we’re capable of fabricate the chips and parts that make up high-tech know-how units. Perhaps sooner or later, we might be able to do greater than assemble and manufacture our personal cellphone in Nigeria, however for now we’re not there but,” he acknowledged.
One other search by our correspondent revealed that some parts of a cell phone include a circuit board, microphone, show, speaker, sim card holder, buzzer, vibrator, monitor battery, antenna, and so on. Amongst these, the circuit board acts because the mind of the system because it helps within the total functioning of the cellphone by changing digital indicators to analog and vice versa.
Distinction between manufacturing and assembling a cellphone
There’s a distinction between assembling and manufacturing. It’s a typical false impression amongst folks which makes it straightforward for a lot of to misconstrue each terminologies.
An engineering web site, Axenics.com ,defined the distinction between the 2 terminologies stating that assembly encompasses the steps of establishing a completed product from parts or partially-compiled items. Meeting ends in assemblies and/or sub-assemblies which might be prepared on the market and or implementation by a buyer. Manufacturing however, encompasses the method of manufacturing from uncooked or semi-raw supplies by to a completed product prepared on the market.
Conclusion: From all information and proof, ITF cell is neither the primary made-in-Nigeria nor a primary assembled-in-Nigeria cellphone.
The researcher produced this fact-check per the Dubawa 2021 Kwame KariKari Fellowship partnership with The PUNCH to facilitate the ethos of “fact” in journalism and improve media literacy within the nation.
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