Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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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.

NITDA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF ESTABLISHMENT

In April 2021, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) celebrated two decades since its creation. The theme of the celebration was tagged CELEBRATING GROWTH AND RESILIENCE.” The 20th anniversary event was organised  by NITDA to mark the milestones, impacts, inspirations of growing Nigeria's digital space over the last two decades.

The mandate of the National Information Technology Development Act (2007) is to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria.

Since its establishment, NITDA has been able to develop, regulate and advise on Information Technology in the Country through regulatory standards, guidelines and policies. Additionally, NITDA is the clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the country. It is the prime Agency for e-government implementation, Internet governance and general IT development in Nigeria.

During the anniversary lecture, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Abdullahi Kashifu (CCIE) disclosed that the Agency had impacted Nigeria’s Information Technology sector 100% per cent, touched the lives of 2.5million Nigeria and pledged to do more.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration activities, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN unveiled a new Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2021 to 2024 for the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to align with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS). The unveiling of the strategy held concurrently with an anniversary lecture.

The SRAP was developed alongside the eight pillars of NDEPS, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan for the digital economy.

The roadmap has seven pillars which includes development regulation, digital literacy and skills, digital transformation, digital innovation and entrepreneurship, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and promotion of indigenous content.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO NITDA @ 20

The Executive Board of Directors, Management and staff of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) heartily congratulate Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the NITDA Management Team and the entire staff on the 20th Anniversary of NITDA.

The great strides and achievements of NITDA had become legendary. The contributory efforts of NITDA to the economic development of Nigeria has been reported severally across several media platforms. We congratulate NITDA on these giant strides.

It is obvious the committed dedication and hard work of The Honorable Minister, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN, the former DG/CEO, NITDA and Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi at NITDA have propelled the recent successes witnessed at NITDA.

Whilst reassuring the DG NITDA of the full support of NiRA,  NiRA looks forward to more collaborations with NITDA and witnessing the continued success of NITDA in the years to come.

Once again, congratulations to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at 20!

The President also  congratulated members of the Association on the smooth and  successful  holding of its 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held online on 29th of April 2021. The participation of NiRA members at the AGM was commendable and highly appreciated. This AGM was the second virtual AGM whilst the NiRA 13th AGM.  This was an election year and NiRA members are proud to announce once again the successful conduct of its online elections of the new NiRA Executive Board Members. It was a flawless process and appreciated by all. Whilst appreciating and thanking the members whose tenure on the Board ended on the 29th of April 2021, we welcome the elected members to serve in various capacities on the NiRA Executive Board. We continue to appreciate the membership of the NiRA Executive Board, elected by NiRA members to run the affairs of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). We thank the NiRA Electoral Committee for a job well done.

My immense gratitude and appreciation go to some of the pioneer Board of Trustees (BoT), namely Dr. Adeola Odeyemi (pioneer NiRA BoT Chairman) and Dr. Christopher Nwannenna, who volunteered to step down from the NiRA Board of Trustees level to enable NiRA comply with the new constitution dictate on the number of persons at the BOT level. Mr. Olaleye Alao, too, is no longer on the NiRA BoT.   While the presence and inputs of Dr. Adeola Odeyemi and Dr. Christopher Nwannenna, these two amazing leaders and giants of our industry, would surely be missed at the NiRA Trustees’ level, their contributions as founding members will never be forgotten and we will continue to appreciate their contributions as NiRA members. Our deep appreciation to Dr. Isaac Adeola Odeyemi and Dr. Christopher Nwannenna for their service to the Nation and our dear Association (NiRA), I wish them the very best in all their endeav Thank you, sirs.                               

As NiRA held its 13th AGM, I acknowledged the end of the second year of my tenure as the NiRA President. It has been an awesome experience, a fascinating and fulfilling journey, made all the more so in the last year by the complexities of COVID-19 and the need to strategize with the NiRA Executive Board of Directors to ensure NiRA's long-term viability and performance. I want to seize this opportunity to thank my co-travelers on the NiRA Executive Board for their continuous support and contributions in steering the affairs of NiRA, promoting the growth of NiRA and the .ng brand.

I would also like to express my gratitude to all NIRA members, all stakeholders, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Management and staff, our Registrars and Registrants, the Gentlemen of the Fourth Estate and the NiRA staff. I am grateful to everyone who is contributing to the growth of the .ng brand.

 I sincerely appreciate the NiRA Board of Trustees for their unwavering support, encouragement, and guidance of the affairs of NiRA. Where would we be without our elders?

I enjoin everyone to continue to keep safe and adhere to the NCDC guidelines with respect to the challenges related to the COVID-19. We must do all possible to contain the spread of the coronavirus

Thank you.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

Meet Chooya, the Aba-based Startup that is redefining the African local market experience.

This article on how Chooya, https://link.medium.com/G5fOhIcXcfb, the Aba-based startup is redefining the African local market experience was written by Mr. Igwe Uguru, the Chief Executive Officer/Founder Chooya. It gladdens our hearts on how the average Nigerian wants to change the face of Nigeria, by contributing to the growth of the digital economy and wellbeing of Nigerians. By using the .ng domain name for his website (chooya.ng), he is promoting the Nigerian online experience for Nigerians. Even the name ‘chooya’ is an Ibo word for ‘Find it’. He is also promoting use of the indigenous language as well as our local products.

LOCAL MARKET SELLER MOVE THEIR BUSINESS ONLINE WITH .NG DOMAIN!

The development and transformation of Nigeria is highly dependent on empowering Entrepreneurs, especially with the vast growth of the Internet, where more people have access to the Internet and the markets are moving online, people who want to make a purchase do not necessarily have to go to physical stores.

 The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has over the years encouraged Entrepreneurs in Nigeria to use .ng domain names. This platform is providing people and businesses with the most convenient way to access local markets through the internet. Enterprises, local farmers, local sellers who sell across physical markets are moving their business online and are having access to a larger market from their mobile phones. This is the journey of Mr Amaechi as he launched his business online.

Mr Amaechi is a major dealer of over 100 varieties of fresh vegetables used for salad. He has been in this business since 1994 (27 years ago) at the popular salad Market in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. For the very first time since 1994, he moved his business online through his pre-launched Chooya Fresh Online Store at www.chooya.ng and he is making sales. Chooya is the Aba-based startup that is redefining the African local market experience.

Mr Amaechi through his online store wants to give households and businesses in Aba the power to access the popular salad market online at their convenience with the .ng domain.

.ng domain name platform exists to drive the growth of the Nigerian economy by helping the small and medium businesses with the best platform to trade with people from anywhere and anytime in order to grow their businesses.