Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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AFRINIC 27 MEETING

10th ANNIVERSARY PRESS RELEASE

February 16, 2016

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

Nigeria Internet Registration Association, (NiRA) was established on 28th March 2006 when stakeholders within the Nigerian Internet Industry got together to adopt its constitution, under the stewardship of an Interim Board of Trustees (iBoT).

The iBoT thereafter conducted an election that day, and the Pioneer Board of Trustees (BoT) was elected, with Dr. Isaac Odeyemi as the Chairman of the BoT. The current Chair of the BoT is Deacon Chima Onyekwere, OON.

The BoT thereafter conducted elections for the Pioneer Executive Board (EBoD), with the late Engr Ndukwe Kalu being elected as the Pioneer President of NiRA. The late Kalu was succeeded by Mrs Mary Uduma, our immediate Past President who completed her term of office in 2015. The current President of NIRA is Reverend Sunday Folayan.

The transfer of the appropriate management of the .ng National Resource was coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria.  

NIRA, the leading Country Code Top Level Domain Name Registry in West Africa, is proud to celebrate a decade of managing Nigeria's critical national resource and identity flagship on the Internet, the .ng name string.

Today, NiRA Represented by the Current Chairman Board of Trustees, Deacon Chinma Onyekwere and the President, Executive Board of Director, Reverend Sunday Folayan, announce the commencement of NiRA’s 10th year anniversary with this press conference. The activities for the celebration, which will contribute to building awareness and appreciation of .ng includes

 

  • The presence of NiRA delegates at the Africa DNS Forum/ICANN meeting holding in Morocco from 4th to 10th March 2016
  • The NiRA Fair and Exhibition of the DNS industry to be mounted by NiRA Accredited Registrars, resellers, web hosting companies and software developers, on 12th March, 2016
  • A Youth Empowerment and Wealth Creation program on the 19th March 2016
  • Conferment of .ng Ambassadors
  • Launch of .ng Scouts programme 
  • The .ng Social Media activities, and
  • A climax with the .ng 10th Anniversary Gala and Award Night on the 2nd of April 2016.

At NiRA, we are passionate about local content development and we believe that great ideas begin with a simple inspiration and thereafter become stories that entertain, educate and capture the imagination of the audience. With our passion in mind, we will launch the NiRA .ng selfie and animation competitions to create compelling local contents that inspire. We encourage Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities offered by these competitions. 

The Domain Name Systems (DNS) industry is a revenue generator with abundant business opportunities in the .ng domain industry. We request that all Nigerians join in the noble act of promoting our businesses, our culture, our heritage and our economy online, by promoting .ng. 

We appreciate your presence and the role of the media in projecting .ng and communicating NiRA’s activities. 

We equally have the press at heart. The Media College event, for engaging Gentlemen of the Press, would hold in the 2nd quarter of 2016. We thank you for coming today and encourage you to register your .ng domain names and use it for your websites, blogs and email activities.

Thank you

.NG - PROUDLY NIGERIAN 

For further information, visit www.nira.org.ng   

.NG your Nigerian Identity online!   

About NIRA

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is the registry for .ng Internet Domain Names which maintains the database of registered names in the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet communities. 

.ng is Nigeria’s identity on the Internet. Like our currency, Naira and our dialing code, +234, .ng is the official ICANN assigned and approved ccTLD for Nigeria, which is globally accepted and recognized.

NiRA was founded on March 28, 2006 as a stakeholder-led organization, charged with the management of the Nigeria's country code Top Level Domain Name (ccTLD), dot ng. The transfer of the appropriate management of this important National Resource was coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria. Stakeholders within Nigeria’s Internet community participated in its formation. It was registered as an Incorporated Trustee on February 9, 2007.

NiRA adopted the 3-R model (Registry/Registrar/Registrant model) of operation in the operation and management of the .ng ccTLD. The implication of this is that NIRA does not handle the registration of domain names directly. Registrations can only be done through NIRA accredited Registrars. These Registrars are accredited by NiRA to facilitate the registration, transfer, renewal, and modification of registration data for customers that apply for .ng domain names. The Registrars are allowed to appoint re-sellers for their operations.

Some advantages of owning and using .ng domain name are: 

  • Enhanced Nigeria local content 
  • Improved Branding and Geo targeting of local content to the Nigeria Market
  • Enhanced visibility of business, product and services offered online
  • Improved credibility of .ng registered domain names
  • More availability of Names under  the .ng domain

For more information about the .ng, please visit www.nira.org.ng 

To contact a NiRA Accredited registrar, please visit www.nira.org.ng/ng 

For more about this press release, please contact: NiRA Seceteriat 8 Funsho Williams Avenue Iponri, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. Tel: 0700 2255 6472, 0700 CALL NIRA Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.