Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

On behalf of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), I heartily congratulate Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi the newly appointed Director-General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Mr. Abdullahi is not new to the Agency as he served as Technical Assistant to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the former Director-General/CEO NITDA during his secondment from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). At NITDA, Mr. Abdullahi coordinated major projects such as the Local Content initiatives that has increased ICT local production by over 200% in 2017 and the execution of strategies which have increased ICT’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP by over 13% in Q2 2018. With the DG’s vision to transform NITDA into a smart organisation, permit me to extend my best wishes to him and wish him a successful tenor.

I also want to use this opportunity to appreciate the newly appointed Minister of Communication and outgoing Director-General of NITDA for successfully repositioning NITDA to focus on producing better regulations for development and promoting local content initiatives including the promotion of .NG domains for Federal Government Agencies.

NiRA and the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) both represented by my humble self, attended the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum organised by the Internet Society and African IXP Association (AFIX) in collaboration with Rogers Capital, which was held from 20-22 August, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava, Mauritius. The event was attended by global content providers, Chief Technology Officers, peering coordinators and IXPs. Participation at the event served as a platform to expand and develop the Internet in Africa, as well as  network with global content providers and IXPs in an effort to attract them to Nigeria, and ultimately, improve network interconnection, lower the cost of connectivity, and increase locally available content, for the benefit of Internet users in Nigeria.

Muhammed Rudman

President, NIRA Executive Board

2019 SOCIAL INFLUENCERS’ SUMMIT

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) organized a two-day Summit for Social Influencers on 30th and 31st July, 2019 at Mambaya house, Kano state. The Summit attended by special dignitaries, social media influencers and over three hundred participants aimed t0 create a symposium of ideas, innovations and forum where modern advocacy tools and strategies were showcased.

The Summit was graced by the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar G. Danbatta who delivered a keynote address with the theme: "The Internet We Want and the Role of the Regulator”. Representatives of the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA) also graced the event and enlightened all on the Importance and Security of .ng Domain Names.

With 28 parallel sessions, there was extensive discussions around various thematic issues like: gender-based violence; social media as a tool for promoting social accountability; drama, poetry and music in the social media; role of online newspapers in fighting corruption; understanding the power of the New Broadcast Media; winning the battle against harmful content; African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms.

The event concluded on a high note, causing all to reflect on the usefulness and influence of social media in the current Internet-dependent society. The program ended with the delivery of the vote of thanks by Mr. Y. Z. Ya’u the Executive Director, CITAD.

ICANN 2019 NOMINATING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP SELECTIONS

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2019 Nominating Committee (NomCom) announced the selections for ten leadership positions on 19th August, 2019. Those selected will begin their terms after the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting 2-7 November 2019 in Montréal, Canada.

    The 2019 Nominating Committee received 127 applications from 42 women and 85 men during its nomination period from 17 January 2019 to 22 March 2019.

The regional breakdown of this year's applicants was:

  • 56 from Africa
  • 35 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands
  • 13 from Europe
  • 21 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands
  • 2 from North America

The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN's overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, perspective and meet some basic requirements.

The ICANN chairman on behalf of the Nominating Committee, did thank all those who applied for leadership positions at ICANN and encouraged all to continue their participation within ICANN as the involvement is valued and important to ICANN's mission.

 

For more details https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-08-19-en

 

DIGITAL ENTREPRENEURS AND SME CONFERENCE NETWORK

Several small business enterprises and startups across various sectors of the economy on Friday, 16th August 2019, converged at NG-HUB by Facebook Lagos, to participate at the Digital Entrepreneurs and SME Conference. The Conference, an initiative of Insightlite International Company aimed at enlightening entrepreneurs and small business owners on how to balance the traditional model of business processes into digital processes.

The conference attracted various notable individuals and organizations including the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Upperlink, Adnaira, and Proville. Notable individuals such as Mr. Oluwatoba Obaniyi, the Vice President of NIRA, who was the guest speaker and Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Executive Secretary of NIRA, were also present at this remarkable event.

The Keynote Speaker, Mr. Oluwatoba Obaniyi, in his presentation, explained the importance of innovation and the internet, stating exclusively that a business that does not innovate dies. Mr. Oluwatoba further gave important reasons why businesses need to be online, some of which include the ease of reaching potential target customers, reduction in operational cost and the ability of the internet to target a global market. He also stated the importance of businesses owning a functional mobile responsive website and a business mail registered on the .ng domain as against only social media accounts.

Mr. Blessed Ola Saint, the visionary and founder of the Empower Africa Project, gave an in-depth analysis on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur in Nigeria. He urged entrepreneurs to display self-confidence and possess optimism in any project they embark on. Mr. Ola Saint further stated the importance of collaboration and thanked the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) for always being responsive and available to support and drive the fulfilment of this campaign.

The conference was a success, as many entrepreneurs present expressed the motivation to take their businesses online and utilize the digital opportunities available to upscale their businesses. After an organized photo session, Miss Moyosore, the Executive Director of the Empower Africa Project, gave the vote of thanks and a few closing nuggets to the impressed audience.

GLOCALISATION AND BRANDING SUMMIT, LAGOS 2019.

Brands and Communications experts gathered at the second edition of the Glocalisation and branding summit, held on the 9th of August, 2019 at the Edmark D'Podium Events Center, Ikeja in Lagos. The theme of this year’s edition was “Positioning Nigerian Businesses for Local and International Markets”. The event was part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Vivacity PR and brought together global and local brands to explore areas of synergy, discuss financial options, impacts of technology and social media on branding and techniques that would make brands stand out and generate required revenue.

The opening remarks were delivered by Mr. Ade Atobatele, CEO Gbosa Gbosa Technology. Mr. Atobatele urged all business owners to pay attention to their branding. He urged all Nigerians to collaborate amongst fellow Nigerians to avoid the issue of foreign exchange.

Goodwill messages were delivered by an array of dignitaries including Mr. Tola Johnson, Special Adviser to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on MSMEs; Mr. Mohammed Ismail, Bank of Industry; Mrs. Tosan Mabuyaku, Assistant Director, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); Mr. Simon Deji Alfred representing the Director General of the Industrial Training Fund and Mrs. Ayodele Olojede, Group Head Emerging Business, Access Bank. They all stated a few of the steps their respective offices have taken to help small business. Some of these steps include the initiatives by Access Bank and Bank of Industry to make loans more accessible to small business owners, the Business Incentive Strategy (BIS) initiative of the Corporate Affairs Commission under which they were able to reduce the cost of registering businesses for MSME to five thousand naira (N5,000), active capacity building through various training by the Industrial Training Fund and the establishment of shared facilities by the Federal Government where MSMEs can have access to world class equipment at a token price.

Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim, the Chief Operating Officer, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was also in attendance to represent Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Executive Secretary of NiRA as one of the speakers. She encouraged small businesses to bring their businesses online to promote its growth. Mrs. Iyortim also stated a couple of reasons why small business owners should register and use the .ng domain name for their website. Some of these reasons include; a website is proof that the business can articulate properly, SMEs need to be local, there is a higher propensity to find the business first online if it is a .ng domain name due to search engine optimization, it shows that the business owner is a proud Nigerian, it prevents capital flight, helps businesses  define their target audience and so on. She also outlined the steps to be taken to register .ng domain domains, describing the 3R model and how to find NiRA Accredited Registrars online. It was a well-attended event.

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