Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NiRA PRESIDENT at NITDA CERT

Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was with the Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Wednesday 14th April 2021. The objective of the visit is to identify areas of collaboration between the two organisations, especially towards mitigating Abuse of  the .ng domains. CERRT.NG is the trusted arm of NITDA providing networking, collaboration and sharing platform to ensure a safe cyberspace. The CERRT.NG provides security alerts with the latest Information Security Threats and advisories. To read more of the activities of CERRT.NG, please click on the link NITDA | CERRT

 

NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN: ATCON CALLS ON PRIVATE SECTOR PLAYERS IN ICT TO COMPLEMENT GOVERNMENT'S EFFORT

On Thursday, 25th March 2021, the Nigerian Telecommunications and ICT industry under the auspices of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) held a virtual structured engagement with stakeholders on the New National Broadband plan 2020-2025.

Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani, the current President of ATCON and Treasurer on the NiRA Executive Board of Directors, in his keynote stated that it had become imperative for the private sector players to support all the government’s effort. The ATCON President expressed that the high-power virtual event was put together to have a conversation around the New National Broadband plan 2020-2025 with a view to ascertaining the status of the implementation.

Engr. Nnamani said the event would help the industry identify the bottlenecks that might exist, to the successful implementation of the New National Broadband plan and proffer lasting solutions to issues that are likely to constitute an obstacle to the eventual realization of the 70% Broadband penetration target.

Recall the announcement made last year and attributed to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami that Nigeria's broadband plan penetration had increased by 10% over the previous year, from 33.3% to 43.3%. He said with the positive development, the Government was hopeful that 2021 broadband penetration would surpass that of 2020.

Engr Nnamani commended the Minister’s efforts towards resolving key challenges facing the industry and advocating for the speedy implementation of the national broadband plan. He added that the fruits of his effort can be seen in terms of broadband penetration and various policies that have been initiated, ratified, and issued to further encourage the growth of the industry.

The virtual engagement was well attended by the stakeholders in the industry. Distinguished among the stakeholders were the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta, Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mr. Kashifu Inuwa and Director-General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).

Speakers at the event included Chief Executive Officers of other companies; Mr Muhammed Rudman (IXPN),  Mr Tunde Coker (Rack Center),  Mrs Funke Opeke (MainOne), Abimbola Alale (NIGCOMSAT), Muhammed Bello Abubakar (Galaxy Backbone), Mr Henry Isghohi-Okojie (Broadbase Communications), Ren Zhengfei (Huawei), Mr Wole Abu (Liquid Telecoms), Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi (VDT Communications), and Segun Ogunsanya (Airtel Networks).

At the end of the event, the ATCON President, Engr. Nnamani thanked the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the sponsors for endorsing the National Broadband event.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR MARCH 2021

 

Call for Presentations for AIS'21 Online

The Africa Internet Summit (AIS) is an annual and regional multi-stakeholder ICT conference. It is an educational and business ICT event in Africa where key players in the Internet industry can interact with the global Internet community. This conference was launched in the Gambia in 2012. Nigeria has always participated at the annual AIS conference. The Summit consists of seminars, workshops, tutorials, conference sessions, birds-of-a-feather (BOFs) and other forums for sharing ICT knowledge within the African region.

The organizers invite individuals wishing to make presentations during the event to be held online, from 31 May to 4 June 2021 to submit proposals and/or abstracts.

To enrich the discussions and share knowledge with the technical community at AIS’21, AIS’2021 organizers are seeking presentations of a wide range of issues, broadly related to the growth, access and development of the Internet in Africa.

The presentation proposals are to be submitted online before 26th April 2021 via https://registration.afrinic.net/elections/ais21-c4p

READ MORE: https://afrinic.net/20210330-ais21-call-for-presentations-for-ais-21-online-open

 

WELCOME TO NiRA 13TH AGM [VIRTUAL]

Come, Thursday 29th April 2021, NiRA will hold its 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM). This will be a virtual meeting due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. NiRA members would be expected to attend the 13th AGM via the Zoom Meeting Link that would be circulated to NiRA Members. 

As of 13th April 2021, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) via its website stated that ‘new confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded in Nigeria’.  NCDC still advises that despite the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, we should adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines in order to contain the spread of the virus. Nigerians have been urged to continue to take responsibility.

At the end of this year’s AGM, five (5) directors would have completed their tenure on the NiRA Board and would leave the NiRA Board.

Based on the NiRA constitution, the NiRA Executive Board of Directors is made of ten (10) members of NiRA. When the NiRA Director’s voting platform is opened for voting, NiRA members are expected to actively participate in the election of the new board members. NiRA members are to elect 5 (five) members to join the NiRA Executive Board of Directors. It would be my honour as the President of NiRA to welcome these new board members to the NiRA Board.

I urge all NiRA members to participate actively at the AGM. I enjoin all NiRA members who are eligible to vote to exercise their franchise in electing the right candidates to join the NiRA Executive Board of Directors. As we all know the role of the NiRA Board conducts the affairs of the Association in accordance with the NiRA Constitution, bye-laws and resolutions of the General Assembly.

The countdown has started and the NiRA Secretariat will circulate more updates to NiRA members on the AGM in the coming weeks. All NiRA Members are enjoined to be abreast with all the information as circulated.

I equally seize this opportunity to encourage Nigerians to join the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).  NiRA is a Not-for-Profit, Non-Governmental Self-Regulating body established by the order of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Internet Community to manage Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD). For more details to join in shaping the future of Nigeria on the Internet, click on the link https://nira.org.ng/join-us/membership/become-a-member

 Please keep safe and well.

We look forward to NiRA members joining us at the 13th AGM on Thursday 29th April 2021.

 Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA