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DECLARATION ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE

The African Union Heads of State and Government met at the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28th to 29th January 2018 and developed a communique on Internet Governance and development of Africa’s Digital Economy.

Whilst acknowledging that the Internet is an essential tool and a dynamic force for economic, social and cultural development and recalling in that regard Resolution 26/13 of the Human Right Council, decisions were taken on:

  • Internet Governance principles,
  • Africa’s Participation in Internet Governance,
  • Development of Africa’s Digital Economy,
  • Management of Domain Names and
  • Global Internet Governance.

The African Union noted that less than 20% of Africans are online and that the majority of those not connected are in the rural areas and mostly women and the poor.  The African Union remain committed to facilitating a resilient, unique, universal and interoperable Internet that is accessible to all and will strive to ensure universal and affordable Internet access for all African citizens including people with specific needs.

To read more, please click:

 https://www.kictanet.or.ke/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Declaration-on-Internet-Governance_adopted-AU-Summit-2018.pdf

NACOSS PAYS A COURTESY VISIT TO NIRA

The National Executives of the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), led by the National President, Comrade Akintomiwa Abolade paid a courtesy visit NIRA on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Comrade Abolade stated that the courtesy visit was to show their appreciation to NIRA and to present the new Executives, and outline the roadmap of the new Executives. He outlined key areas of focus as “The Female participation in ICT”, “Nigerian IT Talent Exhibition”, National Conference and Training of members all over the country.

In his response, the President of NIRA, Rev’d Sunday Folayan, extended a hand of partnership to NACOSS by requesting its participation in the NIRA Academy, which aims to:

  • Develop the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry locally and internationally through skill acquisition and capacity building
  • Breed local DNS Entrepreneurs
  • Provide in-depth training on subject related to Internet Governance and so on.

The President also informed the visiting NACOSS team that the NiRA Academy will henceforth support NACOSS with Training facilitators, in line with the objectives of the NiRA Academy.

NACOSS executives were also briefed on the .ngscout program, being put together by NiRA for the youths and how they can be part of the program.

NiRA AT NIGERIA SOFTWARE STAKEHOLDERS SESSION

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) attended the Nigeria Software Stakeholders Forum organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) through the Office of the Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communication (ONC). The event held on Tuesday 6th February, 2018 at Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, Oniru, Lagos.

Mr. Kasim Sodangi, the National Coordinator, Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communication (ONC) stated that the objectives and importance of the session are:

  • To appraise status of software development in Nigeria and what indigenous developers have done so far concerning software development in Nigeria.
  • To appraise Financial Technology (FinTech) Industries and use the session as a case study for software development and emerging technologies.
  • Discuss the capabilities of moving forward the software industry in Nigeria.

There were goodwill messages from key players in the software industry. Mr. Rogba Adeoye, representing the President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and Mr. James Emadoye, President, Institute of Software Practitioners in Nigeria (ISPON).

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, Director General of NITDA in his opening address, identified software development as a major part of entrepreneurship in Nigeria and as an income source for the new industry for the diversification of economy. The DG elaborated on the efforts of the Agency and promotion of indigenous IT products. The DG advised participants never to consider indigenous software inferior to the foreign software as Nigeria had been ranked among the best 50 software development countries in the world.

The Minister of Communications was ably represented by Mrs. Moni Udor, Director, ICT Federal Ministry of Communications.

Three presentations were made by Dr. Amina Sambo Magaji, National Coordinator, Office for ICT Entrepreneurship, Mr. Victor Okigbo and Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Vice President of ISPON.

There were also discussions around Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security.

 

THE WORLD SAFER INTERNET DAY 2018

The Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) held its Cyber Security Awareness Forum in commemoration of The World Safer Internet Day 2018 on the 6th of February, 2018 at the NIRA House, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue Iponri Surulere Lagos. The theme of the event was “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better Internet starts with you”.

CECAD is an advocacy, training, public education and development non-profit, non-governmental organization with the aim to promote cyber responsibility by Internet users at the local, regional, national and international levels. 

The President of CECAD, Dr. Bayero Agabi in his welcome speech emphasized on the need to use the Internet appropriately in other for the cyberspace to be a sane environment. His concern was more for the younger generation and value they derive in using the Internet.

He further stated that the Internet or Social media can be used positively to promote the best of individuals, Businesses and Lives. In conclusion Self-regulation is the key to a safer internet.

Speaking at the forum, The EVC of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Garba Danbatta who was represented by the Director of New Media & Information Security Department (NMIS) Engr. Haru Al-Hassan, said that NCC as the regulator is working hard to make the internet a safer place.

While welcoming participants to the forum, the NIRA President, Rev’d Sunday Folayan gave a brief background about NIRA

keynote speakers at the event include Egr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, CEO, of Medallion Communication, Miss Damilola Ogunsanya, a Legal Practitioner, at Probitas Partners Firm, and Mr. Rock Adoto, Software Application Developer, Mi-C3 International. Participants were advised to:

  • Ensure online protection by teaching cyber hygiene, which is a form of protecting oneself on the cyberspace.
  • Avoid clicking unsolicited adverts or pop ups
  • Avoid performing online transactions with a free wifi.
  • Protect your devices, cards etc. from third party intrusions.
  • Make use of strong passwords and often change your passwords.

The event also featured schools debate between Students of Grace High School Gbagada, Princeton College Surulere and Toklak Group of Schools on the topic: “The mobile phone is a distraction to learning”, to test the student’s understanding of the topic of the day.

Nigeria’s Digital Future

On Thursday, 1st February 2018, the Internet Society (ISOC), Nigeria Chapter, hosted a special event tagged “Shaping Tomorrow” at the National Universities Commission (NUC) Main Auditorium, Maitama, Abuja. The event was to reintroduce the society, inaugurate its new Executive Council and unveil the 2018 Plan of Action of the local chapter.

The ISOC elections, which held in the last quarter of 2017, had Mr. Adewole Ajao, emerge as the President and Mr. Iniobong Eka emerge as the Vice President. ISOC Nigeria advocates that all should get involved in the choice of the “pathways that lead to our digital future”.

ISOC Nigeria Chapter acknowledges that the Internet tends to transform lives within a short span of time and also cautions on the negative aspects of “fake news”,  “human rights and privacy concerns”, “misinformation”, “cyberwarfare”, “denial of service attacks”, etc.

I participated in the program and was quite pleased with the proceedings and the outlined plans of the organization. I highly recommend the involvement of all in the Internet Society.

On Monday, the 5th February 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari, signed the Executive Order to improve local content in Science, Engineering and Technology procurement.

The Executive Order should promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy. All procurement authorities are expected to give preference to Nigerian firms and companies in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007. Of course where the local expertise is lacking, we can bridge the gap by bringing in the expertise and plan for the knowledge transfer to Nigerians. You can read the official press release from the State House at: https://statehouse.gov.ng/news/press-release-president-buhari-signs-executive-order-to-improve-local-content-in-science-engineering-and-technology-procurement/ You can also read the Executive order at:

http://statehouse.gov.ng/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PRESIDENTIAL-EXECUTIVE-ORDER-5.compressed.pdf

I am convinced that Nigeria is on the right path to determining and managing its future in the digital realm. Nigeria is filled with intelligent and productive people. We cannot continue to depend on imported software and products. We must give more Nigerians the needed opportunities to excel and bring forth their creativity and innovativeness.

Lastly, We are at the verge of conducting the first public Online Auction of .ng Domain Names. Five premium .ng domain names would be up for auction within the next few weeks. Interested parties are expected to work closely with their preferred Accredited Registrar. More details will be given in the course of time. We enjoin all to participate actively in the auction process.

I remain at your service.

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

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