Muhammed Rudman

NiRA E-Newsletter 201st Edition: Advancing in Top Gear!

What an amazing year we have had so far at the .ng Registry! The month of September marks the end of the third quarter of 2022, which has been a very busy one for us. NiRA supports, sponsors, and collaborates with many stakeholders as they deliver on initiatives that move the Technology ecosystem forward.

In our continuous effort to educate and enlighten Nigerians about the .ng ccTLD, we took advantage of the recently concluded Nigerian Bar Association’s Annual General Conference which was held in Lagos to engage over 13,000 Nigerians, encouraging the adoption of .ng domains. NiRA supported the National Association of Computing Students’(NACOS) National Conference which held in Abeokuta. We also attended the recently concluded ICTEL EXPO of the Lagos Chamber for Commerce and Industry (LCCI) held in Lagos.

It was exciting to see NiRA’s Special Purpose Vehicle, the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation contribute to the success of the Digital Peers International’s annual ICT Creative Camp and Competition for young techies, DIGITEST 2022 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The event had about 250 children attend from all over the country. We wish NKF all the best for their upcoming events, even as they deliver on NiRA’s CSR focus areas which include child online protection and youth empowerment.

Internally, we hosted the second virtual NiRA Accredited Registrar’s forum for the year 2022 on Tuesday, the 6th of September 2022. Two educative sessions on the National Data Protection Bill and Managing employee turnover were incorporated to ensure that the meeting contributes to the growth, development, and success of Registrar businesses. We are excited about the positive feedback the Registry has received from the Registrar community and appreciate the encouragement to continue to improve on our efforts.

By the time you read this, we would likely be rounding up the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) 2022, with the theme: Advancing Digital Transformation and Trust in Nigeria. NiRA is the current Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group and as the permanent secretariat of the Forum, fully participates in hosting representatives from government, civil society, private sector, academia, and business sectors to discuss the advancement of the internet in Nigeria. We will share details about that event in the next copy of the Newsletter.  

While we continue to drive and engage in relevant conversations and advocacy to promote digital accessibility, we exhibit exemplary leadership and actively participate in the adoption of norms, regulations, and standards within the Nigeria internet governance discourse. We hope that we can count on you to support NiRA’s efforts in your own spheres of influence.

Do stay well and have a successful Q4!

Thank you.

Muhammad Rudman

President, NiRA

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