Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Nigeria to get rid of Electronic Waste

On the 5th March 2019, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) declared open a Public Inquiry on Regulations for Electronic Waste and Guidelines for Disaster Recovery at the NCC Head Office in Abuja. He called on all stakeholders in the Telecommunication and tangential Sectors to collaborate and rid Nigeria of Electronic Waste (e-Waste). Referencing a World Economic Forum report, he stated that electronic waste is the fastest- growing waste stream in the world and stakeholders should take concrete implementable actions to address the situation.

Participants were urged to make frank and useful suggestions to deepen the renewed governmental intervention in e-waste management and disaster recovery. They were also reminded of NCC's commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to address challenges associated with the telecom service provisioning.

https://www.ncc.gov.ng/stakeholder/media-public/news-headlines/488-we-must-collaborate-to-rid-nigeria-of-electronic-waste-danbatta

A call for an Information Communications Technology Development Bank

The impact of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on the growth of the Nigerian economy is immense. In core areas of the economy like Agriculture and Energy, ICT is steadily creating platforms and opportunities for accelerated development. The consistent growth of ICT and the various potentials and opportunities in Nigeria has not gone unnoticed by global tech brands, who continue to pitch their tents in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Government, through NITDA has put together a detailed plan for ICT development. There is still a lot to be done in order to implement the laid-out strategies in various areas of the policy document.

In the Investment and funding section of the policy, two of the strategies designed to develop the growth of Technology in Nigeria require government to:

(1) Provide appropriate fiscal incentives to encourage local manufacture of ICT equipment and development of software;

(2) Adopt financing models that foster indigenous ICT entrepreneurship.

See https://nitda.gov.ng/nit/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/National-ICT-Policy1.pdf

Many of the Technologies currently being deployed in Nigeria are imported or adapted, due to a number of factors which include the non-existence of the required capital to pursue the core development of such Technologies in-country. IT organizations the world over, benefit from huge investments in laboratories for prototype development and testing, which ensure that they stay ahead of themselves as they evolve. It also ensures that they remain responsive to the growing needs of their end users.

The country has already recognized the need for Development Banks in other spheres of the economy and indeed has floated necessary incentives for investors in those areas.

If ICT is to develop locally at a speed that will make the budding Technology Community evolve and become useful, it is now important to consider the setup of a Technology Development Bank in Nigeria. This bank will provide the much-needed seed for growing ICT research and innovation in Nigeria.

This is my second call for the ICT Development Bank, the first being the 2018 Forum of the Nigerian Network Operators Group (ngNOG).

If eventually we get to fund the ideas and innovations in the sector, the strategy will in no small measure contribute to the growth of the DNS Industry. The conversation has started.

I remain your President, 

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Caleb Olumuyiwa Ogundele, NiRA Member selected for ICANN Fellowship Program

As at 28th February 2019, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that 34 individuals from 32 countries have been selected to participate in the ICANN Fellowship Program at ICANN65 in Marrakech, Morocco, from 24-27 June 2019. In all, ICANN had received 57 applications for the ICANN65 Fellowship Program.

The successful candidates represent all sectors of society including, civil, government, country code top-level domain (ccTLD) operations, academia, business, technical, security, and end user groups.

Mr. Ogundele, a member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is one the 34 individuals selected for ICANN65 Fellowship. The Fellowship Program seeks out individuals who are interested in, or already engaged in, the various aspects of ICANN's work in policy building, the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS), and the security and stability of the global Internet. The goal of the ICANN Fellowship Program is to strengthen the diversity of the multistakeholder model by creating opportunities for individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities to become active participants in the ICANN community.

NiRA congratulates Mr. Ogundele.

https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-02-28-en

 

CFAmedia Internship Programme

CFAmedia.ng is offering a six months internship programme, which is in line with the mission of CFAmedia.ng to positively impact Africa through Tech education and advocacy.

Internship with CFAmedia.ng is a program that scouts for and enrols ambitious, audacious, and tenacious young brilliant minds interested in content development and communication in general. 

Successful interns will learn various aspects of content development and communication such as writing, scripting, digital media as well as PR/marketing for a 6-month period.

Interns will work on impactful projects, receive mentorship, acquire various practical skills while growing individual and organizational capacity.

Interested members of the public are invited to complete the form from the link https://cfamedia.ng/2019-internship

.NG Domain Name Report for February 2019

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