Let me welcome you to the year 2019. It sure promises to be a very exciting year for us all.
According to a report by Verisign, available at https://www.verisign.com/en_US/domain-names/dnib/index.xhtml
“The third quarter of 2018 closed with approximately 342.4 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 2.6 million domain name registrations, or 0.8 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2018. Domain name registrations have grown by approximately 11.7 million, or 3.5 percent, year over year.
Total country-code TLD (ccTLD) domain name registrations were approximately 149.3 million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, a decrease of approximately 0.5 million domain name registrations, or 0.3 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2018. ccTLDs increased by approximately 4.6 million domain name registrations, or 3.2 percent, year over year”
Whereas the global growth of ccTLD domains is 3.2% year over year, NIRA has seen a growth rate of not less than 30% year over year. This is ten times more than the global figures. A clear testimony to the work the various stakeholders have been doing to grow the numbers. Let us not relent.
On our part, we will continue to work hard to position the Association as well as the Registry in the year 2019. We hope to complete the work on the review of the NIRA Constitution, and also carry out key Infrastructure upgrade, to keep the Registry optimal.
As my tenure gradually comes to an end in the second quarter of this year 2019, I count on your support and continued engagement on matters that relate to NiRA and the prosperity of our dear country, Nigeria.
I want to wish all a very prosperous 2019 and may all our dreams for NiRA come true this year.
I remain your President,
Rev’d Sunday Folayan
President, NIRA Executive Board