It would be great if we could live our lives without a thought about COVID-19 and the rampage that it is leaving in its wake. Sometimes, we cannot help but long for those days when we could gather together, shake hands and hug one another. These activities seem to be such a long time ago.

In many cities across the world, families have lost one or more people to the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic which does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. As neighbours, members of the society, we mourn the dead, we comfort the living, give hope to the sick and give standing ovations for the medical personnel, their support teams and all others working night and day to save lives and keep the virus at bay. The world is winning. There is hope that the vaccine to prevent the coronavirus would be made available soon.

As with every time that we are opportune and even more so during this time when people are in need, it is important that we show love and we reach out to members of our society who may not have access to the basic needs of life and may therefore become more susceptible to illness and disease. It is necessary we give support to those who are in need. These people sometimes appear to be forgotten, left behind by society and left on their own.

The Ndukwe Kalu Foundation, a Special Purpose Vehicle of NiRA, set up with Corporate Social Responsibility in mind, came to the assistance of some of our people in need. On the 2nd and 4th July 2020, NiRA, under the auspices of the Foundation, visited two of such organisations (Modupe Cole Memorial Child Care & Treatment Home/School and the SOS Village, Isolo) with focus on the less privileged members of the society. For myself, NiRA directors and the members of staff who participated in the visits, they were quite eye-opening. We applaud the efforts of the Lagos State Government and many well-meaning Nigerians in supporting these initiatives. Please show love to those who are in need. We need to support those in need.

On the 30th of July 2020, due to the concerns around COVID-19, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) will host its 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually, her first virtual Annual General Meeting. I encourage NiRA members to register and attend. I look forward to welcoming you at the AGM, our first virtual AGM, my first AGM as the President of NiRA. It would be a rewarding experience and a successful meeting, by God’s grace.

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

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