Stakeholders of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) recognized the need to expand the scope of DNS knowledge in Nigeria and throughout the African Continent. They also acknowledged the fundamental role of skill acquisition and capacity building in bridging the DNS knowledge gaps.
In response to this urgent need for DNS skills, NiRA Academy and Resource Centre was established in November 2014. The Academy serves as a special purpose vehicle for NiRA, providing worldclass training on various DNS topics.
The aims of the Academy are to:
- Develop the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry locally and internationally through skill acquisition and capacity building.
- Build local DNS Entrepreneurs
- Develop understanding and bridge the gap in the knowledge base of the DNS Industry in Nigeria, and extend same to the rest of Africa
- Provide in-depth training on subjects related to Internet Governance
- Develop capacity in other DNS ancillary/related skills such as Website design, Cybersecurity, Networking, Business development and Management, etc.
- Create opportunities for the youth to build and develop their own businesses and contribute to the growth of the Nigerian and African economy.
- Provide globally recognized certification with third party partnerships that include NITDA, NCC, ICANN, CPN, AFRINIC, AFTLD etc.
With the development of capacity building within the DNS Industry in mind, NiRA Academy has organized IPv6 Training in collaboration with AFRNIC and University of Ibadan. In January 2017, Mr. Sikiru A. Shehu, Dean NiRA Academy on behalf of NiRA signed an MOU with AFRINIC to develop and certify skills in Internet Numbers Resources Management and IPv6 throughout Nigeria. The signing ceremony took place during the ICANN African Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, in the presence of Sunday Folayan, Chair of the AFRINIC Board, and Göran Marby, CEO ICANN. AFRINIC is one of only twelve organisations in the world certified by the IPv6 Forum to directly certify engineers. As a valued partner in AFRINIC’s new certi::6 programme, NiRA Academy will administer certification exams locally in Nigeria enabling engineers to complete their certification within one week