These past two weeks have been busy times at NiRA, from the ongoing preparations as local host for AFRINIC-27, the ongoing NiRA constitution review, as host to the celebrations of ISOC 25th anniversary, visit of Rotary District Governor to NiRA, technical registry training for potential registrars, etc. These indeed are busy times at NiRA. These activities contribute to public campaign awareness of the .ng brand, Nigeria online identity, entrepreneurship programmes, job and wealth creation as well as promotion of local content. All these activities contribute to the growth of our economy.
AFRINIC-27 would place Nigeria on the global map as African and global Internet industry would converge at Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja from 27th November to 1st December 2017 to discuss the Internet for sustainable development in African and Indian Ocean Region. We are all encouraged to register for this event via the link: https://meeting.afrinic.net/afrinic-27/?option=com_afmeeting&view=register. Attendance is free.
Seizing this opportunity, I would like to remind all NiRA members of the ongoing constitution review process. The contribution of every member to this process would contribute to the development and growth of our dear Association. The platform to use to make your contributions is as communicated to NiRA members via email. The Constitutional Review Committee have articulated the process and made same available to NiRA members.
NiRA as the manager of .ng country code Top Level Domain operates the 3R model of operation (that is Registry/Registrar/Registrant mode of operation) and Registrants do not register domain names directly on the NiRA platform. Domain name registrations by registrants are via the platforms of NiRA accredited registrars. To ensure wide spread of accredited registrars, NiRA regularly conducts training programmes for applicants who wish to become NiRA accredited registrars. With these trainings, the NiRA Registrars are further empowered to carry out domain name activities and also create awareness for the .ng brand at the grass root levels, all over the country. NiRA continues to accredit new Registrars as the applications are being received and evaluated. The process of becoming a NiRA accredited registrar can be found via the link: http://nira.org.ng/become-a-registrar
With the 3R business model adopted by NiRA and the need to foster good business relationship, NiRA holds the quarterly Registrars’ Forum to interact with Registrars. The Registrars’ forum is just one of the ways, both NiRA and the Accredited Registrars communicate their business challenges, discuss and proffer solutions. The next Registrars’ Forum is slated for Friday, 6th October 2017 at NiRA Office Complex.
I implore all to get involved in the .ng awareness creation campaigns. Register .ng domain names, develop interesting websites and blogs, upload captivating local content, learn to stay safe online and educate the rest of the world about Nigeria, its people, culture and heritage.
I remain at your service.
Rev’d Sunday Folayan
President, NIRA Executive Board