Mr Muhammed Rudman

Last month, NiRA held its 14th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The meeting was a well-attended hybrid event with members either attending in-person or online. The audited accounts, report for the year 2021 as well as the business plan for 2022 were presented, discussed, and approved by the General Assembly. NiRA is grateful for the growth experienced so far and we have already commenced all the necessary activity to make 2022 another successful year.

NiRA also held the awards ceremony last month, just a day after the AGM. It was a great opportunity to acknowledge and honour individuals and organisations leading Nigeria’s digital revolution through their dedicated promotion of the .ng domain name extension. Since the inception of the .ng awards, about 7 years ago, many businesses and organisations have been recognised and commemorated as champions of Nigeria’s digital economy.

I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Board of Trustees (BOT), Executive Board of Directors (EBOD), staff, and members of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) for devoting invaluable time and effort to the success of this year’s events. Likewise, I am thankful to our Accredited Registrars, Key Stakeholders, and the Nigerian public for being available to attend and support the objectives of the awards ceremony. Sincere congratulations to this year’s winners. I look forward to seeing all of you again this time next year!

This year has been an eventful one so far for us at NiRA.  We continue to push for wider adoption of the .ng domain online identity, structuring various collaborative efforts within the ecosystem and ensuring the growth of the economy in general. We are happy that many of the Federal Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are now on the .ng domain name spectrum and many more are conforming with the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) recent mandate. It is tremendous progress for us at NiRA. The next step is to ensure a similar level of adoption and compliance at the state government level. NITDA is taking the lead on this and enforcing increased adoption across the state governments in Nigeria. NiRA recently took up the Chairmanship of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum and I can assure all, that the efforts of the past Chairmen and the visionaries of the forum will not be in vain. We are grateful to the Nigeria Communications Commission for their tenure and wish them all the best as they continue to serve our great nation.

For the rest of the year, NiRA has outlined events and initiatives to support our ecosystem in leveraging on the opportunities within the internet domain namespace. Some of these events include but are not limited to the Bloggers Summit and the Web Hosting Conference. Details of these and several other activities will be communicated to you in due course, our esteemed stakeholder.

Thank you for your time and attention. Please continue to keep safe and healthy.

Muhammed Rudman.

President, NiRA.

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