With just three weeks to the end of my tenure, I have started to take stock of my tenure as President. I am excited by the prospects of leaving a NIRA stronger and better than it was, when I assumed office at the end of April 2015. I am glad that the journey was made more interesting and fulfilling by the Board Members and other stakeholders, with whom we worked in the last four years. I am so proud of the efforts that we all put in to strengthen our beloved organization.
The last four years have seen NiRA engage fruitfully with the various stakeholders and interest groups within the Internet ecosystem, both Nationally and on the global stage. The recognition of NiRA and its vantage position as a key driver of internet growth in the country makes it strategic. It is important for us as an Association therefore to make sure we continue to partner with diverse organizations across the internet space within and outside the country.
NiRA has also successfully hosted and participated in many events in the last four years, sometimes taking the center stage. These outings did further cement our footprints on the National and global IT map. It has been a very great honour to have spoken on behalf of our great association – NiRA on numerous platforms, “preaching” the .ng gospel.
We have twice successfully auctioned some premium domain names, using twitter as a platform, and the stage is set for a regular auction from the pool of reserved but desirable names.
As an evolving organization, NiRA has become more stable. The secretariat is running very many planned programmes and activities, consistently encouraging the uptake of .ng domains. NiRA Academy; the Association’s Capacity-building Special Purpose Vehicle; has also risen to take a vantage position. It now runs numerous courses every year and just the other week, hosted a DNSSEC workshop in conjunction with the Network Start-up Resource Center (NSRC) of the University of Oregon, USA.
The Association has equally achieved financial stability, in the last few years, with a number of investments and reserve to boot. These all are assurances that I will be leaving a sustainable organization behind as I take a bow and become a floor member of the organization, bringing my wealth of experience to bear as a member of the General Assembly of our dear organization.
Together with the Board, We have consistently pushed to strengthen the NIRA Secretariat and various conversations are ongoing to that effect, because the organization continues to evolve.
I am very confident that NiRA will continue its steady march to be the best ccTLD in the world.
I remain your President,
Rev’d Sunday Folayan
President, NIRA Executive Board