Lagos — The world's largest digital mall, ChamsCity, has been inaugurated in Lagos.
The launch earns Nigeria an enviable position in the Guinness Book of World Records and upsets the previous record setting location in New York.
The ChamsCity ICT centre has 1,000 computers housed in a single building as against the 670 computers in the centre in New York.
Speaking at the commissioning, Executive Vice-chairman, National Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Earnest Ndukwe, said the centre will offer a major source of empowerment in terms of access to modern information society.
He identified the lack of Citizens' Identification as one of the greatest challenges facing the country and expressed optimism that the new facility would assist the commission's current effort at registering all telephone subscribers in the country.
He said Nigeria has been on a steady path of growth in ICT since the inception of democracy and commended indigenous software experts for developing products with both local and international appeal.
Ndukwe also called for enhanced ICT training programmes in higher institutions of learning in other to provide the needed manpower requirements for the digital age. He however, congratulated the management of Chams Plc for having the vision of revolutionizing ICT in the country.
The centre enables processing and activation of a wide range of transactions simultaneously and offers electronic platforms for mega banking transactions, e-ticketing, e-recruitment, large scale registration, video conferencing and digital meetings, business support services and payment of bills and procurement of services among others.
Managing Director, Chams Plc, Mr. Demola Aladekomo said the centre will constitute a major influence to global technology, adding that communities would be affected in such a way as to glorify God.
He said ChamsCity will pioneer a cashless digital way to transact business in the country.
Entry into ChamsCity is through acquisition of citizenship-one who is authorized to transact business in the digital hall.
Through the registration process, the centre captures bio-data, finger prints and photo of prospects and thereafter, issues a unique identification comprising individual mobile number as personal identification number and finger print.Its citizens also gain access to systems through finger print identification.
The mega centre is also equipped with ATMs and ChamsAccess Terminals.