To produce handsets for its subscribers, Airtel, has entered into a partnership with RLG, an indigenous African company that assembles laptops, desktops and mobile phones and offer ICT training in computer and phone repairs.
The Regional Director of RLG in West and Central Africa, Mr. Tosin Ilesanmi, is reported to have said Ilesanmi said, “ I am glad to tell you today that Airtel has accepted to partner with RLG for the production of handsets. This partnership is a proof that our products rank among the best in the world.
“This company can create between 5,000 and 10,000 jobs but it depends on the volume of order we receive from our customers.
“ We have trained Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme beneficiaries. We trained about 5,000 of them and we believe that the partnership with Airtel could increase the number of direct jobs that can be created.”
RLG Communications Nigeria Limited launched a mobile phone and computers assembly plant last year. The assembly, which is designed to assemble a minimum of 5,000 mobile phones and 2,500 laptops per day, is in Ilesha, Osun State, Nigeria. Otherwise known as “RLG & ADULAWO TECH CITY”, the plant is a public private partnership between the Osun State government and RLG Communications. It features a training center, research & development (R & D) lab, as well as a Green Technology – Biogas Plant that will provide cooking gas for the staff quarter and also the capacity to generate 3KVA electricity which can be used for lighting.
According to the firm, the facility is expected to create jobs, as it has the capacity to employ 10,000 people directly and indirectly.
The first set of employees are the beneficiaries of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme Technology (OYESTECH), a programme set up by the state government to equip young people in ICT skills and implemented by the RLG training institute.
About 20,000 beneficiaries are expected to be trained on this programme and the first set of 5,000 beneficiaries has graduated already.