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NIRA, NITDA AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO DISCUSS CLOUD FUTURE AT THE NITRA TECHNOLOGY FORUM.

Mr. Mohammed Rudman, President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), who is also the CEO, Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), is scheduled to chair the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) Technology Forum 2021 on Thursday, 27th May 2021, at the Citiheight  Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The discussions at the NITRA Technology Forum 2021 with the theme, ‘Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting by 2024’, will focus on growth, challenges and benefits of hosting cloud services and data centers locally, as well as policies and regulation around the industry.

Over the years, there have been challenges with the security of data locally and how to boost local content in all sectors of the economy. The key stakeholders are really concerned about how the sector is faring, and how it can achieve local hosting of Nigeria’s sensitive data. This was mentioned by NITRA Chairman, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi while commending the partners for their passion for the growth of Technology in Nigeria, and for their contributions towards the event.

The NITRA Chairman said the forum will offer cloud service companies, data infrastructure companies and other stakeholders the opportunities to reach out to their target market with solutions that address their needs and challenges. He also mentioned that through the Forum, stakeholders will have access to discuss current challenges affecting cloud businesses, policies that can facilitate growth and solutions.

It is expected that this event will be attended by stakeholders in the cloud hosting services and data centre industry. Among the stakeholders are the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Cloud Services Operator, Cloudflex, and Premier data center operator, Rackcenter.

Stakeholders should keep the date with the NITRA Technology Forum on Thursday, 27th May 2021 at the Citiheight  Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

PANTAMI INAUGURATES NCC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTRES IN ENUGU, OGUN

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, The Honorable Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami PhD, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN, commissioned two Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) in Ogun and Enugu states.

The ECC is a Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) project aimed at facilitating communication between individuals to the respective agencies and emergency responders during an emergency. According to the NCC, all telecom operators are mandated to route emergency calls through the dedicated three-digit toll-free number, 112, to the resident ECC in a particular state, which then processes the distress call and contacts the relevant Emergency Response Agency (e.g. Police, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Fire Service, Ambulance Service, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)) whose primary duty is to handle the case.

The two ECC projects in Ogun and Enugu were inaugurated virtually by the Honorable Minister. They were part of the seven projects under batch nine(9) of digital economy projects commissioned by Dr. Pantami at the Digital Nigeria event, which took place at the Communications & Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja on Friday, April 23, 2021.

According to a statement by the Commission, the ECCs were established as part of the NCC's mandate to provide a national emergency number for the protection of lives and property of Nigerians. Thus far, functional ECCs have been established in 19 states of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. These are part of the achievements of NCC's Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.

The other digital economy projects commissioned by the Minister are the Community ICT Centre in Dutse, Jigawa State; Information Technology Hub at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; and Digital Economy Centres (DECs) at the Imo State Polytechnic Nekede, Garki Secondary School in the FCT, and Ojodu Grammar School in Ojodu, Lagos State. These five (5) projects were executed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Speaking during the inauguration of the projects, The Honorable Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN, commended the agencies under his Ministry for their collaboration to advance the course of the digital economy, which he is spearheading. He reported that the projects are in line with the tripartite agenda of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The agenda, according to the Minister, entails economic development, curbing corruption and improving security in the country.

"It is the goal of the Federal Government to leverage ICT to address developmental issues in our country and that is what we have been doing in the Ministry by facilitating the development of Nigeria's digital economy targets through a number of policy and regulatory initiatives," Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by various stakeholders including, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr Festus Daudu; Prof Danbatta, the ECV/CEO NCC; Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Inuwa Abdullah (CCIE); and the Postmaster-General, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Dr. Ismail Adewusi.

Others were Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), Dr. Abimbola Alale; Director-General of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Dr. Abdulaziz Aliyu; and Secretary of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Mr. Ayuba Shuaibu, who is also Chairman, Project Review and Commissioning Committee.

 

THE NiRA 2021 Executive Board Elections

At 11:00am, on the 29th April 2021, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) held its 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on NiRA’s ZOOM Platform.

The NiRA 13th AGM was primarily to receive the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2020, together with the report of the Auditor thereon and to receive and approve the Business Plan and Budget for the financial year from 1st January to  December 31. The 2021 AGM also provided an opportunity for NiRA Members to elect two Officers and three Members of the Executive Board of Directors (EBOD).

At the EBOD elections, the trio of Engr. Ifeanyi Frank Ogochukwu, Mr. Destiny Amana and Mr. Mayowa Ajiboye were elected as members of the NiRA Executive Board of Directors whilst Dr. Eugene Ohu and Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA) were elected respectively as Financial Secretary and Treasurer Officers of the NiRA.

According to the Executive Secretary of NiRA, Mrs. Edith Udeagu who announced the election results on behalf of the Electoral Committee, a total of 117 members were eligible to vote but 97 performed their civic responsibilities as financial members of NiRA. The NiRA Electoral Committee consisted of NiRA past presidents, Mrs. Mary Uduma and Rev’d Sunday Folayan with Prof. Adenike Osofisan, a member of the NiRA Board of Trustees.

The President of NiRA also announced during AGM that two pioneer members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Dr. Isaac Odeyemi and former president of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Dr. Chris Nwannenna, had volunteered to step down from the NiRA BoT in line with the newly adopted NiRA constitution which provided for a total number of seven (7) Trustees. NiRA appreciates these noble gentlemen for their contributions at the NiRA Trustees level. We are still fortunate to have them contributing to the affairs of NiRA at the floor membership level.

We want to use this opportunity to thank the outgoing members of the Executive Board, Messrs. Nkem Nweke, Adebiyi Oladipo (Financial Secretary) and Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani (Treasurer), whose tenures ended at the Executive Board level. We appreciate their wealth of knowledge and experience which they brought to the board level and wish them the very best in their different pursuits in life.

As per the NiRA Constitution, the membership of the NiRA Executive Board consists of ten (10) NiRA financial members elected by the NiRA General Assembly in their individual rights.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR APRIL 2021

ICANN LAUNCHES THE AFRICA ENGAGEMENT FORUM

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced the launch of a new regional pilot event, the Africa Engagement Forum. The event, part of the Africa Regional Plan, held from 19th to 20th May 2021.

The Africa Engagement Forum was dedicated to bringing the African community together and supporting their work within ICANN. The forum included active working groups and policy development processes for the Domain Name System (DNS), related to ICANN and its constituencies. It was also an opportunity for CANN to have a dedicated platform to gather, follow-up, and coordinate the work being done with the regional community.

The two days meeting featured a high-level panel and sessions covering updates from ICANN and the community. One of the main features of the event was the Africa Community Public Forum on the second day. The sessions enabled discussions on a broad range of Internet-related topics and informed the regional audience on the latest issues of concern to industry stakeholders.

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