Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR JANUARY 2021

 

 

NiRA ELECTION YEAR!

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is a not-for-profit organisation, Non-governmental, self-regulatory body established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to manage the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), the .ng ccTLD. NiRA promotes the use and growth of the Internet in Nigeria with the widespread adoption of the .ngTLD in a secure and reliable manner. NiRA is a special purpose vehicle of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). NiRA is often referenced as a successful Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

By its constitution, NiRA is governed by three structures (the General Assembly, Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of Directors).  In the past, these three structures embarked on the review of the NiRA Constitution. The constitution states how NiRA should be governed and how the people occupying the positions on the Executive Board and Board of Trustees should be elected.

By November 2020, members of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) concluded the review of its constitution. We have commenced the process of filing the updated constitution at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The new NiRA constitution would be used to conduct the elections into the vacant positions that would arise as the tenure of some NiRA Board members end on the 30th of April 2021.

The Governance Election guidelines have been developed on how the elections would be conducted. The elections would be conducted electronically. NiRA had since 2017, conducted online elections for the vacant positions. We expect the NiRA membership to vote wisely, for those who would occupy the positions on the NiRA Executive Board.

On the 9th February 2021, the world celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day. We encourage all to cultivate and maintain safe habits online. It is very essential for the safety of all. Adhere to the safety tips published by NITDA.

Also remember the guidelines as published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). You can access these guidelines via NCDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Microsite. The second wave of COVID-19 is causing more harm than when the coronavirus was first announced in Nigeria in the year 2020. As we wait for the availability of the coronavirus vaccines, we have been told to be guided by the NCDC.

 

Please keep safe and well.

 

Muhammed Rudman

 President, NiRA

APPLY FOR ICANN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has invited interested individuals to submit applications for key leadership positions within ICANN. The selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.  Those selected will contribute to ensure the Internet stable and secure operation.

There are various opportunities for interested individuals. The criteria for qualification for the position can be found via the link 2021 ICANN Nominating Committee - ICANN

Applications are to be submitted on the ICANN online candidate portal.

The applications are expected on or before 18th of March 2021 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

SOURCE: Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions - ICANN

2021 SAFER INTERNET DAY

The world celebrated the 2021 Safer Internet Day, on Tuesday, 9th February 2021 with the theme “Together for a better Internet”. This was the 18th edition of the Safer Internet Day (SID). There is the need for all to get involved in making the Internet Safer for all, especially our children and young people. In Nigeria, various organisations were engaged in various activities, to preach the need for Safer Internet. From the involvement of various organisations, it is clear that we all have roles to play in ensuring a safer internet for all. All used the opportunity to create awareness on how to behave whilst online.

Safer Internet Day (SID), a landmark event, started in 2004 as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project. Safer Internet Day is now celebrated by various organisations across 170 countries in the world. On this day, awareness is created about emerging online issues and current concerns.

As the world goes more digital, it becomes more important that people should learn how to be safe online. People need to take more responsibility for their activities online so that they don’t fall victim to cyber attackers. A security breach has a lot of consequences. People must be taught the required skills to keep safe and remain safe online.

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) joined other organisations to speak about safer internet during the webinar organised by the Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter. Each participating organisation discussed their various roles in providing a safer and better digital environment for all, especially for children and the youth. The NiRA representative, Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeji, spoke on the various activities carried out by NiRA to keep the internet safer for all, including the training conducted by NiRA Academy. He spoke on the need for Nigerians to embrace the Nigerian Online Identity, to use the .ng domain names for their websites and email addresses.

In Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was in the forefront of organisations creating awareness for a safer internet. NITDA released tips on how to stay safe on the Internet.

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: NEW NORMAL AND NEW REALITY

Even though the first known case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was traced to China in November 2019, over a year ago, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria was announced in Nigeria, on 27 February 2021, almost a year ago. And since then, life as we had known it in Nigeria had not been the same again. People have tried to live the resemblance of what they knew as their former ways of life whilst embracing what has been termed to be the ‘new normal’.  The ‘new normal’ not only involves embracing technology, it has also included using protective gears to keep safe and alive. It has re-awaken e-commerce and interest in public health. The ‘new normal’ has signified a healthy, safer and better way of life.

COVID-19 had caused the revolutionization in how businesses are conducted. In reality, People have had to adopt and embrace technology. Work, Meetings, Classroom/lectures, worship centre activities, etc. are online, ‘remote work/participation’ is the buzz phrase.

Businesses wishing to succeed/excel are no longer restricted to ‘mortar and brick’ type of business. New businesses starting up first consider being online, how their clients can easily find them online. Businesses no longer look for choice physical locations; they look for choice online presence. New businesses seek and develop their presence on attractive online platforms. Business owners have realized the importance of online presence and have come to appreciate the importance of having domain names for their websites. Also, business owners in Nigeria, realizing their target audience, have come to realize the importance of their country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), the importance of the Nigeria country code Top Level Domain (the .ng ccTLD).

With the ‘new normal’, when people are in need of information, they search online. They are convinced that whatever they require or search for will definitely be found online. These thoughts motive business owners to situate their businesses online and advertise their businesses online to existing and potential customers/clients. In the ‘new normal’, technology is an enabler. All have come to realize the new reality and have decided to embrace the ‘new reality’. It has become clear to all that covid-19 or the effects/after effects of covid-19, will be around for at least one more year and have decided to adapt to the situation. The world cannot and won’t stop at a standstill because of covid-19, so we must all adapt. We must continue to live safely and technology is available to facilitate our existence.

Some of the safest methods of adapting to the situation is social distance, wear/make use of the personal protective equipment (PPE), use the hand sanitizers, continue remote work, etc. Visit the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Microsite. And in all these, the use of technology is very apparent. Get your .ng domain name for your website. Visit https://register.ng to select an Accredited Register of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) for the registration of your .ng domain name.

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