Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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AFRINIC 27 MEETING

NiRA Constitutional Review

On the 28th April 2017, the General Assembly at the 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) mandated the NiRA Board of Trustees and Board of Executive Directors to jointly midwife the NiRA Constitutional Review. The NiRA Constitutional Review Committee was constituted to handle the review process of the NiRA Constitution. The road map for the constitution committee was also duly approved by members. The Constitution Review Committee has opened the Constitution Review platform for members to make their contributions and comments towards the review of the NiRA Constitution.

The constitution review process was established in accordance with the Guidelines provided by the joint Board of Trustees and Executive Board of Directors.

Members are encouraged to submit their inputs and contribute to the development of a more robust constitution in line with the growth of NiRA and the DNS ecosystem via the platform communicated. It is an obligation for all NiRA members to contribute to the process.

Based on the correspondence emanating from the Constitution Review Committee, it is very apparent that the committee has sought all avenues to ensure open, transparent and inclusiveness of all NiRA members in the review process.

We must not neglect to appreciate Dr. Isaac Odeyemi and the initial constitution committee for their commitment in producing the earlier constitution. NIRA became stronger and more focused from the greater work of the team. The work of that team was a testimony and a model for us to build upon.

So all members are enjoined to contribute to building a stronger NiRA of the future and for the growth of the .ng brand.

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NITDA ORGANIZED STARTUP NIGERIA EVENT IN LAGOS

On Saturday 19th August 2017 at Admiralty Conference Center, Naval Dockyard Complex, Lagos, The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) through the Office for ICT Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIIE), a subsidiary of NITDA, nurturing, cultivating & expanding ICT innovation & entrepreneurship held the Nigeria startup to promote and support Nigeria startups which has adopted Information Communication Technology (ICT) to drive their businesses.

At the event some short-listed startups pitched to showcase their products to the audience and judges were on hand to access the viability of the products.

Amongst the startups that showcased their products, three (3) of these were selected by the judges as winners. The startup named Beat Drone won the first prize, 2nd place Nicademia is an online distribution platform for African Inspired Cartoons and 3rd position went to Accounteer, an online accounting made for entrepreneurs. The successful Startups were rewarded with seed funds.

Mrs. Yetunde Johnson, one of NiRA Board of Directors was amongst the judges. In her remarks, she commended the startups and charged them to innovate products that provide solutions to people’s challenges and as well work business solutions.

NITDA General Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD, in his closing remarks promised that the agency will continue to support and promote Nigeria Startups.

Website Promotion

Website promotion is a multi-tiered process, a continuous process used to promote content and increase exposure of your website to attract more audience. The decision to create a website is like steps through the door of new and exciting opportunities. Registering a domain name is the first step in grabbing these opportunities and achieving these desired goals. The next steps include developing website and launching the website, directing high-quality traffic to the website and implementing a multi-tiered strategy for successfully promoting your site.

To achieve your goals of having a successful website, please note the following importance factors:

  • High-quality traffic: There are several ways to increase incoming traffic to your website. Good content which include white papers with industry insights and facts, educational material, free how-to-guides, advertise, add video clips, share the website content via social media, optimize for the SEO, etc. There is the need to convert this quality traffic to reflect on product sales.
  • Long-term growth: The visual graph of your traffic statistics should show continuous growth, not occasional spikes that quickly diminish. Your strategy should always be two steps ahead. If you’re planning a short campaign and expect a blitz-attack for more traffic – that’s great! But don’t forget to leverage this spike into something lasting.
  • People are not numbers: Resist the tendency to forget that the numbers of visitors represent real human beings. In order to attract relevant traffic and conduct meaningful interactions on your site, you need to understand your visitors’ interests and desires. Get to know them better if you want to push their buttons successfully.

And now, prepare a strategy for promoting your website.

Make SEO a priority

Search Engines and Domain Names are key resources for traffic. The higher your website is ranking on search engines the more organic traffic to your website. Prioritize the SEO (search engine optimization) in your content strategy and relevant domain name. By building your site and content around SEO you make it more attractive for search engines. Some other things to consider are listed below:

Build a community: Social media is an important platform for generating a consistent flow of traffic. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. offer a uniquely direct channel of communication to engage with your target audience in a fun and friendly tone.

Take advantage of online directories: The web is a friendly place where website owners help each other to succeed. That’s the principle that guides online directories, websites that offer other websites the opportunity to promote their content to larger audiences – for free! (almost always)  In addition to exposing your domain name to interested site visitors, online directories are great for SEO.

Partnership with NiRA

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) as we all know is the Registry for .ng Internet Domain names and maintains the database of registered names under the .ng country code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD). We operate the 3R (Registry/Registrar/Registrant) model of operation; NiRA is the Registry, providing the infrastructure that the registrars infrastructure connect to for the domain registrations. The Registrants/Resellers connect to the Registrars’ platforms for the registration of the .ng domain names. To select a NiRA Accredited Registrar, click on the link, https://www.nira.org.ng/ng-registrars

It is good to note that NiRA is a self-regulatory body and managers of the .ng natural resource. NiRA is also a stakeholder led organization with membership drawn from the DNS industry. It’s necessary for all stakeholders to collectively grow this natural resource by partnering with NiRA. One can become a NiRA Accredited registrar or become a reseller depending on the capacity of the organisation. NiRA provides training opportunities for all these categories of partners for the growth of the .ng brand.

.ng domain registrations via NiRA Accredited Registrars provide great opportunities for the online presence of Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs). Several of the registrars provide packaged solutions or turnkey solutions with domain registration, website development and hosting of websites at affordable rates. An SME can depend or rely on the effectiveness and promotion of its productions with the online presence using .ng domain name. The Internet provides the opportunity for Nigerian businesses to be presented online to the populace in several ways. The .ng domain names give the business owners the opportunity to scale their web presence as the business grows without the fear of losing customers. Ensure you select and register the right domain name for your business.

Within the DNS ecosystem, there are several other ways individuals and organisations can partner with NiRA to promote Nigerian online identity, culture, businesses, tourism, heritage, etc.

The registration of the .ng domain contributes to reduced capital flight, creates jobs, skills development and contributes towards increased growth of our GDP. We are all witnesses to the growth in tech startup businesses in Nigeria. These are more visible because of the need to be online, promoting their solutions.

Come join us to project Nigeria and Nigerians online. It is our collective responsibility. Promote local contents, promote local hosting, project the positive image of Nigeria. Behave responsibly online.

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

DNSSEC Workshop at ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, UAE

ICANN60 meeting is scheduled to hold in Abu Dhabi, UAE 28th October to 3rd November 2017.

The DNSSEC Deployment Initiative and the Internet Society Deploy360 Programme, in cooperation with the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) are planning a DNSSEC Workshop during the ICANN60 meeting.  The DNSSEC Workshop has been a part of ICANN meetings for several years and has provided a forum for both experienced and new people to meet, present and discuss current and future DNSSEC deployments.  For reference, the most recent session was held at the ICANN Policy Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The presentations and transcripts are available at: https://schedule.icann.org/event/B3zi/dnssec-workshop

 

Meanwhile there is call for those who want to demonstrate their level of DNSSEC implementations.