Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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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

REQUIREMENTS FOR WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

There are four (4) basic requirements in creating a website and getting it online, namely a Domain Name, Web Host Server Space, the website design and your website content. It is very important a business owner/ website owner considers the essence of his/her business and the website before embarking on the business. The essence of being online is to draw the required attention to your business/brand and grow the business. You can reach millions of customers from the comfort of your home when you have a thriving online business.

Domain Name:

The first step is choosing and registering a domain name, a unique name which would have relevance to the type of business. A domain name is akin to your street address; it is your unique identity on the global space, the Internet.  Visit NiRA website www.nira.org.ng for the list of NiRA Accredited Registrars https://www.nira.org.ng/ng-registrars that provide the platform for domain name registration.

The website domain name is the driving force of the website and there are considerations required to propel the success of the business. The name must be sufficiently attractive and relevant to the business for potential customers to visit the website. The name must be sufficiently simple, concise, short, and memorable. The domain name extension should have high search engine relevancy.

Website Design:

You need a reliable and good website designer and developer to create a good and reliable website. Skilled and knowledgeable personal are the best options to ensure the website development project is delivered on time as adherence to timelines is critical to the success of your business. You need a well-designed website that would be a pleasure to visit and use, capture the attention of users, with informative and current information.

Web Hosting Server Space

The next step is to choose and subscribe to a web hosting service, the website construction, storage for your content and emails for official communication. Your web host provides the space, access, hardware, and security required by your website.

Most service providers package domain name registration with web host services. The choice is actually yours, dependent on many factors, including spreading ones risks across many platforms.

Also you need decide on the hosting option, for example fully hosted platform, etc.  This is a business decision.

Website Content

With your domain name and a hosting service provider, you’re ready to create the contents for your site. There are many templates available, depending on your requirements on how to organize your website content. There are various templates for your profile, portfolio, an online shop, a blog, etc. To boost your business, your content must be tasteful, engaging, current and interesting.

Upon completion of these four basic steps, you’re ready to launch your website. At that point, there is no stopping you!

Marrakech Identified as ICANN Meeting Site for 2019 Policy Forum

ICANN holds three meetings each calendar year in different regions of the globe. ICANN Public Meetings are a central principle of ICANN's multistakeholder model because they provide a venue for learning about ICANN, progressing policy work, conducting outreach, exchanging best practices, conducting business deals, and promoting interaction among members of the ICANN community, organization, and Board. Usually featuring more than 400 different sessions, these meetings are the focal point for individuals and representatives of the different ICANN stakeholder groups to introduce and discuss issues related to ICANN policy. Participants may attend in person or remotely. Meetings are open to everyone and registration is free.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Marrakech, Morocco, has been selected as the location in the African region to host ICANN's 65th Public Meeting, to be held 24th to 27th June 2019. This Policy Forum will be hosted by the Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations (FMAI) at the Palmeraie Resort.

 

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NITDA Represents Nigeria at Consumer Electronics Show 2018

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as part of its mandate of fostering the development and growth of the Information and Technology in Nigeria, was at 2018 Consumer Electronics Show held at Las Vegas, Nevada USA, from 9th to 12th January 2018. The Nigeria delegation to CES2018 was led by Director General NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It serves as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers. www.ces.tech

At the CES 2018, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami stated that Nigeria holds great potentials for global industry giants seeking for new markets. He also quoted as saying that NITDA was at CES2018 to network, brainstorm, learn from other nations and professionals with the aim of fostering the growth of Information Technology in Nigeria.

 See below for photo gallery of Nigeria delegate at CES2018

Changing Nameservers and/or Domain Name Transfer

After you have registered your domain name, you might decide to connect the name to your website. There are several factors to consider. It is possible you have decided to purchase hosting services from another company or need to change your hosting company, different from that company you used to register the domain name. It is not absolutely compulsory to have the same company provide the two services. You can spread your risks. There are also several companies who provide hosting services with free domain names. The choice is totally yours on what you decide to do to take your business online.

To explain basic terminologies, please note the following:

Domain Name: This is the name chosen to project your online presence.
Web Hosting Service: Those in the business of providing Internet services for keeping, serving and maintaining files for websites.
Nameservers: This are directories (also called DNS Servers) that points your registered domain name to the servers of the company that hosts your website.

To clarify the issues related to domain transfers and/or change of name servers, we would elaborate further on available options. So if you have two different companies providing the different services, you could: 

Transfer your Domain name to the company providing you with web hosting services if the hosting company is a registrar or domain reseller; you may want the same company to manage both services. This primarily means a change of domain registrar. This is transferring your domain name from one registrar to another registrar. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has 63 Accredited Registrars and you can choose from these registrars based on their acceptable terms and conditions.

Change the nameservers or records of the domain name to reflect the nameservers of your hosting company. By default the initial nameservers are provided by the company where you register the domain name. So, if your website is being hosted by another company, you just need to update the records on the servers of your Domain Name Registrar. A change of nameservers could take up to 48 hours to fully reflect the new records.

You do not need to transfer your domain name from one Registrar to Another, because you need to change the nameservers. You should be able to make the changes at your registrar, or you can always contact your registrar directly for assistance to change the nameservers or transfer the domain.

The Registry for .ng (ie NIRA), does not change the records of nameservers or transfer domain names for registrants. You can search http://whois.nic.net.ng/whois.jsp for the domain details including the registrar details.