Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NIRA’s Response to Internet Abuse


Permit me to draw your attention to a bad situation that is trending in Nigeria. Nigerians are being defrauded by various forms of Ponzi schemes. 

The fraudsters are operating under various names and across various platforms. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where payment to its initial investors is from the payment made by new investors and not from profit earned through any legitimate sources.

In recent times,  Nigerians have varied experiences to narrate on this matter. While a few testify to the benefits derived from the scheme, the majority are lamenting, because they were left high and dry. Many have fallen victim. These schemes have impoverished more people than they claim to have helped.  You will think that Nigerians would be fed up with the various Ponzi schemes, but no! Apparently these scammers are feeding on the greed of the people and the poor economic situation, to lure more victims.

Whereas the Federal Government of Nigeria has taken bold steps to draw the attention of Nigerians to these scams and has warned Nigerians not to ‘invest’ or get involved. It appears the ‘returns on investment’ is too alluring for some. 

Recently, innocent people’s contact details (such as Phone and Email) are been used as administrative contacts for these schemes. The victims of the identity theft only get to know when defrauded victims start to call, demanding for payments. Several people have received threatening phone calls, regarding their fate if they don’t pay up.

NiRA has taken concrete steps to further assist law enforcement agencies to deal with the menace. NiRA has established a Law Enforcement Desk to handle complaints on Domain Name  abuse. It has also developed an Internal Procedural Process to manage and deal with such complaints received in conjunction with relevant law enforcement agencies and is cooperating fully with them, to stem the tide.

If you discover any form of Internet abuse with .ng websites please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We will deal with it. 

Together we can make the Internet safe for us and our children.

 

 Your President,

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

 

OBJ spices NIRA 2017 Retreat

It was unbelievably exciting, recanting the re-delegation process of .ng to NiRA, which was made possible by the Elder Statesman, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo GCFR. The occasion of the reminiscences, was the 2017 NiRA Retreat, at the Green Legacy Resort, Abeokuta, Ogun state. 

Chief Obasanjo graced a session of the retreat and was briefed of the progress made, since the re-delegation of the national resource. Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the Secretary of the NiRA Board of Trustees was on ground to take Chief Obasanjo down the memory lane of how he, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), ensured that the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) delegation management was handed over to a multi-stakeholder body which birthed NiRA. Despite the fact that this occurred in 2005, and with his many experiences in life, Chief Obasanjo could recall the events of that time, unbelievably and with remarkable ease!

Chief Obasanjo was inducted by the President of NIRA, as a .ng Ambassador. The President emphasized on the need for all Nigerians to identify with the .ng brand, our online identity. The use of the .ng brand would promote local content, local businesses, cultural heritage, grow the Nigerian economy, job and wealth creation, empower our youths, and conserve foreign exchange.

In his response to the conferment, Chief Obasanjo thanked the NiRA team for the great job done so far and promised to ensure that all his online presence would be .ng compliant

The NiRA 2017 retreat was remarkably different as it was graced by members of the Board of Trustees, Executive Board of Directors as well as Staff.  The Trustees in attendance were Mr. Yunusa Zakari Ya’u, representing the NiRA BOT Chairman, Deacon Chima Onyekwere OON and Mrs. Ibukun Odusote the Secretary to the NiRA BOT.

A PROFESSIONAL BRANDED EMAIL ADDRESS

Why should you get a professional branded email address? Ask yourself, what does your email address say about you and your business/organisation? A professional branded .ng email address like This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can show the world your organisation/company is a corporate entity and creates the right impression. It is crucial to the branding of the organisation/company. Branded email address is the customization of the email address for an entity. A free generic email address may project negative impact on a business.

A professional branded email address elucidates, builds and gives confidence and professionalism. And can captivate a niche in your line of business.

It is important to establish credibility for your organisation with a professional branded email address because:

1.       It provides security for your organisation (control over your backups, reduces spam, etc)

2.       It promotes trust for your business, confidence in your business.  Clients tend to be wary of businesses that use generic email addresses even if they provide best services or products.

3.       It provides reassurance to your client that your business is legitimate.

4.       It creates and promotes a bigger online image of your business. A free email can convey the notion that your business is new, small or part-time.

5.       Having a professional branded email address can help create professional image and communicates professionalism.

6.       Drives traffic to your website

7.       It creates/promotes brand recognition.

8.       Branded email address gives you control over your data.

Your email is often the first point of contact to your clients when it comes to building trust and credibility for your business. Your email address is one of the first things you should pay attention to and professionalism is key.

With unlimited possibilities on the Internet, branding should not only be for large enterprises with big advertising budget. As small as an organization may be, a professional branded email address can never be too small or expensive to start your business with. Obtaining a professional branded email address can never be too late. You can start today by simply branding your email address with your .ng domain name. All you need to do is to register your brand domain name(s) with NiRA Accredited Registrars via the link for .ng accredited registrar: http://nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars.

DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION STATISTICS NOV, DEC 2016 AND JANUARY 2017

Total Domain names registration and renewals (5574) for January 2017 are looking better than December 2016 (4381), which is more than the January 2015 figures OF 2571. It is apparent that there is obvious increase in the .ng domain name. More and more .ng domain names are being registered and actively used on the Internet for businesses, blogging, etc. We are indeed looking forward to an interesting year.

NiRA signs Memorandum of Understanding with KeNIC, Kenya and AFRINIC.

On Tuesday 24th January, in Nairobi Kenya, NiRA brokered deeper relationships with the signing of the Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with KeNIC, the manager and administrator of Kenya’s country code Top-Level Domain Name (.ke ccTLD) and African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Ltd.

The Memorandum of Understanding with AFRINIC creates an accessibility to International IPv6 certification for Nigerian System and Network Engineers, and provides the opportunity for Nigeria to increase the number of internationally recognised and skilled IPv6 engineers.

The MOU with KeNIC specifies the mutual rights and obligations of the Parties to foster a working Registry Relationship to enable Accredited Registrars under both Registries to provide Registrar services and associated services for prospective applicants/registrant.

The cooperation will give NiRA Accredited Registrars the opportunity to register domain names directly in the Kenyan Registry, pay in their local curThe cooperation will give NiRA Accredited Registrars the opportunity to register domain names directly in the Kenyan Registry, pay in their local currency and vice versa. The MOU should boost the quantity of domain names registered at both registries and also have a positive impact on the domain name business in Africa.

Nigerians will be able to register (locally) domains such as amasi.ke, fola.ke, aji.ke, nwazuri.ke, asha.ke, tinu.ke, uzodi.ke, fun.ke, ki.ke, chigo.ke, ron.ke, rola.ke, ugho.ke, adeni.ke, olani.ke etc which are all within the Kenyan name spaces. The MOU should boost the quantity of domain names registered at both registries and also have a positive impact on the domain name business in Africa.

  

The signing ceremony happened at the tail end of the ICANN Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Africa Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya. It was witnessed by key players within the African and Global Internet Community, including the President/CEO of ICANN- Goran Marby, Internet Pioneer - Prof. Nii Quaynor, representing the African Internet Community, Immediate Past President NIRA – Mrs. Mary Uduma, NIRA Board of Trustees member – Emmanuel Edet, NIRA's Financial Secretary – Sikiru Shehu, NiRA's Chief Operating Officer Edith Udeagu and AFRINIC Board/ICANN ALAC member Seun Ojedeji.

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