Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PROMOTING THE .NG BRAND

Muhammed RudmanThe .ng promo which commenced on the 24th August 2020, to run for three months is coming to a gradual close on the 21st November 2020. This was the first promo run by NiRA and it was very interesting. The .ng promo offered non-premium second level .ng domain names for registration at a capped cost to applicants of .ng domain names. All participating registrars were advised to promote the .ng brand and make the names available at a pre-agreed price though some NiRA Accredited Registrars offered the .ng domain names at a lower price.

NiRA and the 23 participating registrars (find more details on https://register.ng) embarked on promotional exercises (on social media platforms, radio jingles, BRT buses, print media adverts, web adverts).  We are proud of all who participated in the .ng promo. It was a fine time/opportunity for Nigerians to register the .ng domain names of their choice.

We can all attest that the covid-19 pandemic encouraged many businesses to move online.  This helped many businesses to survive. Businesses had to re-strategize.

NiRA conducted an electronic General Meeting (eGM) to constitutionally amend and update the NiRA Harmonised Constitution based on approved members’ inputs; and to vote on the revised and updated NiRA constitution as proposed by NiRA members, as the proposed constitution of the Association. The online discussions held via the members’ mailing list from Tuesday 27th October to Monday 2nd November 2020 and at the end of the discussions, voting by members started at noon on Tuesday 3rd November and closed by 11:59 am on Friday 6th November 2020.  It is with great joy that I communicate that the NiRA membership voted on the draft NiRA constitution and have agreed on certain changes to be incorporated into the constitution of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). I congratulate the NiRA membership for the nobel feat. Efforts are on to incorporate the necessary changes to the draft NiRA constitution.

I would request that all join me to appreciate the hard work of the NiRA Constitution Review Committee (CRC) and their commitment to ensuring that the draft NiRA Constitution was made available for voting by NiRA membership. To members of the CRC,  we appreciate your time, resources, energy, commitment and the different roles played by all to ensure the availability of the NiRA draft constitution. I thank the NiRA membership for the robust discussions and participation during the eGM and voting.  This is a great achievement for NiRA that should be applauded.

 I have the singular honour on behalf of the NiRA Executive Board of Directors and NiRA Secretariat to felicitate with and congratulate some of our colleagues on the NiRA Executive Board on their recognitions and awards. Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts was recognized by ICANN for his service on the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where he has served for many years.

Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani has continued to win awards and accolades for his contributions to the Telecom Sector in Nigeria and internationally. We are very proud of the achievements of these gentlemen. All these achievements go a long way to promote the .ng brand.
We encourage all to continue to observe the protocols and guidelines for covid-19.  We should continue to be safe and keep safe even whilst online!!!

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

MR. CALEB OGUNDELE EMERGES AS ISOC NIGERIA CHAPTER PRESIDENT

states that they are a group of human beings, who are interested in making sure the Internet remains a safe, secure and trusted platform that closes gaps and enables innovation to improve human life. On the Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter website, https://isoc.ng, it is stated that the Internet should be accessible to everyone regardless of their language, location or economic state and ISOC Nigeria encourages all to join them and help their statement a reality.

Mr. Caleb Olumuyiwa Ogundele took over as the President of ISOC Nigeria Chapter on the 11th of November 2020. He leads a team of seven individuals elected to the ISOC Nigeria Chapter Executive Committee. Prior to this date, the outgoing leadership members paired with the incoming counterparts to facilitate a smooth transition. ISOC Nigeria Chapter had used the guidelines from the ISOC Nigeria Chapter bylaws to successfully elect its next set of Chapter leaders in 2020. The election Committee consisted of non-contesting volunteers from ISOC Nigeria Chapter, credible people from the Academia and the industry in the field of IT. The volunteer committee members were led by its chairman, Mr. Akinloye Triumph Okinbaloye. The agreed election procedure and timeline were adhered to strictly.

 The Management and staff of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) congratulate the executive team of ISOC Nigeria Chapter and wish the leadership of ISOC Nigeria Chapter success in their endeavours.

ENGR. IKECHUKWU NNAMANI AS HE GETS SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO TELECOM SECTOR AT NTITA 2020

Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited received the special recognition award at the 2020  Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA) for his contributions to the Telecom Sector in Nigeria. According to the organizers, InstituteWave, the contributions of Engr Nnamani has continued to help bridge the digital divide in Nigeria. This was at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja on the 7th of November 2020. Recall that in the 2019 edition of NTITA, Engr Nnamani had won the Data Centre Personality Award in the year 2019 for the impact on the Nigeria economy of his work in the promotion of data centre business in Nigeria. The art of winning IT and Telecoms awards across Nigeria and Africa comes naturally to Engr Ike Nnamani and his organisation, Medallion Communications Limited.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited, an interconnect clearinghouse and Co-location Data service Company, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani has continued to pilot the affairs of Medallion Communications Limited to win many accolades. With a core vision of bridging the digital divide between nations and integrates technologies for practical solutions, Engr. Nnamani has focused on implementing the core network infrastructure that promotes, develops, and distributes local contents and ensuring a high quality of service is delivered to the subscribers at an affordable price.

Engr Nnamani and Medallion Communications Limited are used to winning several awards annually based on the quality of work of both the individual and the organisation. At the 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecoms Awards (GITTA), on the 13th November 2020, Medallion Communication Limited also won the best DataCenter of the year award.

Before co-founding Medallion Communications Limited, Engr Nnamani had worked as an optical systems engineer at Luxcore Networks Inc, in Atlanta Georgia, USA, where he had helped design and manufacture Luxcore’s Semiconductor and Waveguide Optical Regenerative Device.

We must commend Engr Nnamani and Medallion Communications Limited on these great achievements.

We have noted the other achievements of Engr Ikechukwu Nnamni in his emergence on Thursday 12th November 2020 as the President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) 2020-2022. We congratulate him.  NiRA wishes Engr Nnamani and the other NEC members of ATCON, the very best as he and his team have vowed to focus on Strengthening the ATCON Secretariat for more efficiency, driving increased membership and Financial sustainability of the Association.

ICANN’S RECOGNITION OF MR. LAWRENCE OLAWALE-ROBERTS, NIRA’S BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts was elected as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) on the 30th of April 2019.  Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts is the Managing Director & CEO of MicroBoss, a premier technology consulting firm, aiming at becoming one of the largest and leading technology services companies globally, with its headquarters in Abuja and servicing top brands like Nigeria’s Central Bank.

In recognition of his service on the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where he had served for many years, the ICANN Board of Directors recognized Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts during ICANN's 22nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 22 October 2020. It was a moment of great pride for the Nigerian Internet Community, in fact the African Community. Due to the challenges associated with the covid-19 pandemic, the event was streamlined online via Zoom Platform.

The name of Mr. Olawale-Roberts was read out as he received the recognition with a formal ICANN Board resolution and his photograph was displayed on the screen in the Zoom room upon announcement of his name. The NiRA Board and the Nigerian Internet Community were present at the virtual event, to recognize, acknowledge and pay homage to one of its own. We say congratulations to Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts.

Within the global Internet Governance space, Mr. Olawale-Roberts is an ICANN Fellow and the first Nigerian to become a member of ICANN’s Nominating Committee, a team that recruits half of the ICANN Board asides other leadership roles. He has been a member of different working groups and committees that help shape the global Internet’s policy development process.

A Nigerian with a lifelong interest and involvement with the Internet, boasting of over 20 years of progressive, broad management experience in the Non-Governmental, Public and Private sectors asides global partnerships, he is a recipient of various awards, loves music and the game of golf.

To buttress the waves Mr. Olawale-Roberts is making on the international community and his contributions, as his tenor on the ICANN NOMCOM ended in October 2020, he was on the 12th November 2020 elected as the incoming Vice-Chair, Finance and Operations for Business Constituency, ICANN. He will start to function in this capacity from 1st January 2021. We can only wish him the best and pray God grants him the grace to excel in this new position.

POSITION YOUR BUSINESS FOR GROWTH THROUGH THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY

It is a well-established fact the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many businesses in the year 2020 and many are still currently struggling to come out of the woods. No one knows for sure when the vaccine for the COVID-19 would be readily available for the average person in the world. So, every business is trying to ensure it uses all available technology/tools to position itself for growth. Making technology a central part of the business plan is vital for the success of any business. The Coronavirus pandemic was unexpected and has had its toll on most businesses. With the covid-19 protocols, especially the ban on gathering of many people in defined/confined space/area (office space/factories), many organisations have looked towards technology to carry on with their businesses.

The role of technology in business is to drive the needed growth and improvements in business operations and processes. Different industries and companies have had to rely on technology for business communication, optimization of production, inventory management and financial record-keeping. Businesses with solutions in the cloud have continued to work from home. Technology has helped businesses to achieve their objectives, increase productivity and efficiency by reducing costs and maximizing revenues.

There are many benefits to be derived from applying technology in business. As technology continues to proliferate at a rapid pace into every corner of our lives, organizations and businesses have had to reinvent themselves to remain relevant and keep providing values to their stakeholders. As we live in a fast-changing world in which the business continues to evolve, it has become paramount for businesses to adopt new technologies for growth, efficiency and productivity.

The list of modern-day technologies that help businesses to thrive are computers, software, inventory control systems, accounting systems, customer relationship management systems, networks and telephone communications. Business owners have learnt that technology is not just about hardware and software in use. It’s about using the latest technologies to enable business growth while shielding the business from risks, downtime and cyber threats.

Under the current economic climate where virtual business transactions have become the new normal, to ensure that businesses survive and continue to thrive in these times, business owners have made their goods and services available online.

The .ng domain is a viable platform for taking businesses online. It is Nigeria’s identity on the internet, and it is globally recognized and accepted. Contact any of the Accredited Registrars of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) via https://www.nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars to get your  .ng domain name. This is the first step towards taking your business online. The NiRA Accredited Registrars are readily available to offer services including development of your website and local hosting of your business website.

Keep safe as you move your business online and operate online.

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