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NIRA Signs Deal to Promote .NG Domain: Report by Adoga Salmat

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) is to collaborate with the African Network Information Center (AFRINIC), one of the World’s five internet Registries (RIRs), and the Kenya Network Information Centre (KENIC), the managers of .ke Country code Top level Domain name, in a partnership aimed at boosting the adoption and usage of the .ng domain name both in Nigeria and in Africa. NIRA signed a memorandum of Understanding with both institutions in Nairobi, Kenya, in a deal that could speed up the acceptance of the .ng domain name in Africa.

Speaking to the media in Lagos on the new deal with AFRINIC, the President of NIRA, Rev. Sunday Afolayan stated that Nigerians would also be trained and certified in Internet Number Resources Management and Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) which would further enhance the skills of the country’s system and network engineers. He also added that the agreement with the Kenyan Information Centre (KeNIC) will provide easy cross-registry services to accredited Registrars both under Nigerian or Kenyan Registries.

“The memorandum of Understanding creates an accessibility to International IPV6 certification for Nigerian Engineers, and provides the opportunity for Nigeria to increase the number of Internationally recognized and skilled IPv6 engineers, following the pattern established by AFRINIC”, the NIRA boss said.

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isah Ali Pantami who was represented by Dr Collins Agu commended NIRA for her efforts, while also expressing the unwavering commitment of NITDA to the proliferation of the .ng domain name in the country.

“NITDA will continue to promote the use of the dot ng domain name as it carries out its functions of promoting the nigerian brand, clearing startups so that they adopt the dot ng domain, and also encouraging both government and the private sector to adopt the use of the dot ng domain name. and we will continue to do more in driving local content, especially the dot ng domain name”, Dr Pantami stated.

Rev. Sunday Afolayan also revealed that nominations have opened for the NIRA 2017.ng Awards.  The award gives recognition to those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and the promotion of the DNS industry. “Using the .ng Awards, NIRA celebrates the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives. The awards aim to showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organisations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all,” he declared.

Some of the criteria, include, an outstanding online presence, the company or individual must have registered and is active online with .ng domain name, the domain name must and have been registered for over six months, and the website associated with the domain name must be active on the Internet.

NIRA stated that the Jury will review all nominations for eligibility and qualification to produce the final short-list of nominees, which would be released to the general public for voting via their website, which is: http://www.nira.org.ng/voting.

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