Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

These are challenging times for many businesses. The changes were necessitated not only by the world’s responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but also because of the perception that the world may go into a recession because of the economic effects of the Pandemic. It is more important now than ever, that these businesses can continue to conduct their businesses as profitably as possible. This can be achieved by having a robust online presence. It is with great excitement that I, therefore, announce that the .ng promo, NiRA’s contribution to the successful metamorphosis of business, went live on the 24th of August 2020. The response has been inspiring and I am grateful to the NiRA Executive Board for their foresight in driving such an intervention as well as the team at the NiRA Secretariat for exceptional delivery and the NiRA Accredited Registrars for their active participation. If you are yet to take advantage of the promo, hurry now to www.register.ng for access to the participating NiRA Accredited Registrars. We are grateful to our registrars for also driving this in their campaigns. The .ng promo ends on the 20th of November 2020.

As a major player in the Nigeria Internet space, NiRA is determined to continue to contribute to its inclusiveness, safety, accessibility and security. It is in this vein that I and other members of the team will be participating as Panellists and Moderators during the NIGF2020, which will be a virtual event. As a member of the Local Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group, NiRA will also be driving the ideals of Internet Governance this year, particularly as it concerns women and the youth. The importance of this year’s core message, Inclusiveness, cannot be overemphasized. We must all join hands to change the narrative and trigger development in this area.

As we head into the final quarter of a year that has challenged us as human beings, we are hopeful for the impending triumph of the world against this deadly coronavirus and grateful for all the work that is going into the instrument of that triumph, the vaccine. All is not lost, we are grateful to those in the frontlines and continue to pray for them and their families.  Meanwhile, for the safety of all, we must continue to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions as outlined by the experts.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

ICANN LAUNCHES PANDEMIC INTERNET ACCESS REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM PILOT

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the Pandemic Internet Access Program Pilot for ICANN69, following the ICANN Board's resolution in support of the pilot program. To facilitate participation during the remote Public Meeting, the pilot program offers community members who have limited Internet capacity, financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth during ICANN69.

Reimbursement amounts of up to USD 60 will be provided to eligible applicants who purchase additional Internet bandwidth (capacity or data limits) for the duration of the month or billing cycle for October 2020. The services must be rendered by a business entity or Internet service provider, specifically for Internet or cellular data service. The provider must also provide digital or paper documentation of the upgrade costs.

Interested community members must apply in advance of ICANN69 and those who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected to participate. The application deadline is Friday, 2 October 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application is available here.

For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements, click here. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is also available here.

HONOURABLE MINISTER AND OTHER KEY INDUSTRY LEADERS TO SPEAK AT vNIGF2020

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has exposed the critical importance of digital technologies. The need to discuss “Achieving Inclusive Digital Economic Development in the Post-COVID 19 Era” as a community of Nigeria Internet Stakeholders has become necessary.

As the digital economy transmutes, there is a shift from Shaping a Resilient Internet For Societal Sustainability, to understanding the effect and impact of COVID19 on our lives/activities, especially on the Internet as it affects women and the youth.

In a statement issued by the Chair of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (NIGF-MAG), he confirmed that the 9th annual Edition of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum, organized by the NIGF-MAG will be a virtual experience and hold on 23rd and 24th September 2020.

The NIGF-MAG comprises of stakeholders from the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Internet Society Nigeria Chapter (ISOC NG), DigitalSENSE Africa Media (DSA), in partnership with other local Internet Stakeholders. Among the line-up of eminent speakers for the vNIGF 2020 is the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim [Pantami] FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, who will deliver the Keynote Address. There will also be a high-level panel discussion on the 2020 to 2030 Digital Economy Strategy.

The events on 23rd September 2020 are dedicated to the Youth and Women whilst the main event holds on 24th September 2020, when Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM will deliver the Keynote Address of the vNIGF 2020.

Many speakers have confirmed for the vNIGF2020. Following the recorded success of previous years, the vNIGF 2020 will be an interesting event, given the array of this year's line up as seen on the event website  https://2020.igf.ng

Members of the public from the Private Sector, Government, Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organisations, Academia as well as the internet end-users are encouraged to register and attend the event live on the NIGF event website https://2020.igf.ng and all NIGF social media platforms (@NigeriaIGF). Registration and attendance is free. Upon registration, participants will receive the event notifications and updates, free access to the digital edition of the event's report and more.

https://igf.ng/vnigf2020-overarching-theme-announced/

NiRA AT CONNECT NIGERIA BUSINESS FAIR 2020

The Connect Nigeria Business Fair 2020 held virtually with streaming from Lagos, Nigeria.

Several business owners, start-ups, and individuals across various sectors of the economy on Thursday, 27th and Friday, 28th August 2020, connected online to participate in the 8th Edition of the Fair which is popularly tagged as CNBIZFAIR. CNBIZFAIR is an annual business fair held in Lagos, Nigeria, where Small, Medium and Large businesses exhibit their goods and services while participating in conference sessions. The two-day business fair has featured sessions on leading-edge topics from Captains of Industry, Master-classes by Subject Matter Experts as well as hosted networking platforms for sharing, learning, and making valuable connections. It has empowered businesses all over Nigeria to grow and develop.

The virtual edition of the Business Fair tagged ‘’2020 Vision’’ attracted various business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs, and important organizations including the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Whogohost, The Business Platform, and others. Distinguished individuals such as Mr. Mohammed Rudman, President of NiRA; Toki Mabogunje, President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Henrietta Onwuegbuzie of Lagos Business School; Tunde Coker of Rack Centre; Fela Durotoye of Gemstone Consulting; Ubong King of Protection Plus, were all present.

Mr. Mohammed Rudman provided clarity on ‘’The business environment, future of small business in Nigeria and what to do during the global pandemic period’’. He said that businesses have opportunities to thrive by focusing on what is critical and leveraging technology. He added that It is also important during this time, to identify the critical needs of the customer and for businesses to be placed where their customers can find them. He mentioned that NiRA, the manager of the .ng domain name registry is willing to collaborate with companies to ensure that businesses have an online identity. Mr. Rudman further noted that SMEs should have a continuity plan in order to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and prepare for eventualities so as not to be unexpectedly impacted. Mr. Rudman reiterated that the future is bright for online businesses, particularly with the licensing of fibre infrastructure across Nigeria by the Nigerian National Broadband Plan.

At the end of this year’s event, Mr. Emeka Okafor, Managing Director, Connect Nigeria Business Fair gave the closing remarks and a vote of thanks to all the speakers and participants. It was indeed a rewarding experience!!!

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPRECIATES ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE DIAMOND JUBILEE CHALLENGE

On the 1st of October 2020, Nigeria will celebrate her diamond jubilee, 60 years of independence. The theme for the celebration is “Together as one”. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the Leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, approved an inclusive National Independence Celebration program. The FGN wants to use the opportunity to harness the power of Nigeria’s creative minds by fostering a new brand identity around the anniversary theme which will be celebrated in the public space for one year.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and with the support of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria launched the Nigeria@60 Challenge.

The challenge included selecting the best slogan, the best poem and the best photograph that embodies the theme "Together as one". The best concepts from each category of the challenge were selected by a combination of several assessment criteria including review by a jury. The voting for the best logo closed on the 15th September 2020.

According to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister of Communications and Digital Economy: As part of the efforts to make Nigeria a digital economy and in accordance with restrictions necessitated by the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the entire event with the exception of the demo day will hold remotely via an online portal. This is to ensure safer execution.

On the 16th of September 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, launched and unveiled the anniversary logo that was earlier presented to the public virtually. Mr President, while unveiling the Anniversary Logo, appreciated Nigerians for their active participation. He also reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment in ensuring that citizens are actively involved in the development and implementation of Government policies, programmes and projects. The selection process for all aspects of the Challenge was still ongoing and results would be announced as soon as the process was complete.

https://www.commtech.gov.ng/news-and-media/daily-news-report/376-federal-government-appreciates-active-participation-in-the-diamond-jubilee-challenge.html

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