Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2021

NITDA TRAINS OVER 6,000 YOUTHS ON DIGITAL MARKETING

As part of efforts to empower the youth and improve their lives, the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has trained over 6,000 youths in the areas of digital marketing, content creation, and relevant ICT skills.

The Director-General of the Agency, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, disclosed this during a round table dialogue on digital economy held recently in the FCT. Dr Mohammed Aminu who represented the DG said the agency embarked on that massive training to ensure that the youth are equipped with what they need to be self-reliant rather than waiting for white-collar jobs.

Considering that young people make up the greater part of the population and are supposed to be the future of the country, Dr Aminu said it has become expedient to see to it that they have what it takes to contribute to the growth of the country. “We have been training women, civil servants, people living with disabilities and youths. Most recently we had a digital state initiative which is a platform where youths are being trained on content creation, digital marketing and others,” he asserted.

In his remarks, the President of the Civil Society Group for Good Governance (CSGGG), Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, appealed to the government to introduce skills acquisition into the school curriculum in order to curtail the issue of employment in the country. According to him, “it is time we inform the average unemployed youths that the dynamics around job creation has changed, therefore they need to update their perception on how to get employed.” He explained that the topic was chosen because the digital economy has not been utilized enough to solve the problems of unemployment, which is why reengineering the school system has become expedient so that it can integrate digital information and skills acquisition into what is being done at the moment.

 

FG TO SANCTION UNREGISTERED ICT PROFESSIONALS

In a bid to address the irregularities in the Information Technology industry, the FG has directed all professionals in the field to register with Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, in order to avoid sanctions.

The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu gave the directive during the formal inauguration of the 2021-2023 council of the CPN in Abuja while emphasizing that the directive is geared towards the need to enhance smooth running of the sector as well as address quackery and imposters in the field. Adamu who was represented by the Minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated that the Federal Government will not relent in its efforts to make Nigeria a giant in Information Technology.

“The Federal Ministry of Education is not ignorant of your efforts in enforcing the Act that established the system, hence the ministry is making it mandatory for all professionals in Nigeria. With this, the council has the support of the government in its fight against imposters, quacks and any form of irregularity. This will also aid the professionals to regulate their profession so as to ensure that standard is maintained and the practice is kept at its best” he said.

He also added that the task of nation-building through IT is a vast one but as vast as it is, it is not impossible. It is something that can and will be done, he added. “We are all aware of what vibrant and progressive policies in IT have done for many countries around the world. With our determination, will-power and professionalism, I know we can attain even greater heights and the impact will resonate around the world.” Adamu noted that as part of efforts to improve the Information Technology field, the government is keen in its commitment to raise new generations of youth that will be properly fortified with IT knowledge so as to position them for global competitiveness.

Also speaking at the event, the President and Chairman of the Council, Mr. Kole Jagun, said that the council is more than ready to put all modalities in place to ensure that the industry has been placed on a higher pedestal. “The council has come up with brilliant initiatives to see to the repositioning of the IT industry in Nigeria and to promote the sustainable development of the country.  In spite of other revenue sources around, Mr. Kole advised that there is no better time to look inwards and create other sources of revenue for the government than now. According to him, the IT sector is a very big and lucrative one that has the tendency to surpass all other revenue sources in the country if it is properly harnessed.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Muhammed RudmanThe year is rapidly drawing to a close as we enter the final month of Q3 and prepare the ground for a spectacular year end. We are working as we have consistently done for years to amplify our objective of making the .ng domain brand a household name in the Domain Name Industry. We doubled down on our educational and promotional efforts, collaborating with agencies and relevant businesses across our industry to organise events and outreaches that create awareness and increase the adoption of the .ng domain brand. Through NiRA Academy, we have organised initiatives aimed at helping businesses in Nigeria to better understand the regulatory contexts and how they can leverage cyberspace to position their businesses for sustainable success. One of such initiatives was the implications of the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA 2020) on businesses webinars we hosted in partnership with law firms in Nigeria.

A major highlight for us was the successful hosting of our 2021 .ng Reseller Entrepreneurship Programme (REP) to empower businesses and individuals to take advantage of the vast opportunities in the domain name industry. We have a goal to spread the benefits of adopting Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain extension, and we routinely encourage businesses and individuals to leverage opportunities in the burgeoning internet economy of Nigeria by empowering them with the skills and platform they need to succeed through the Reseller Entrepreneurship Programme. Likewise, we conducted a Web Host Manager Complete Solution (WHMCS) training for our Accredited Registrars at no cost through NiRA Academy in collaboration with industry experts. The training was provided to empower the newly engaged technical staff of our accredited registrars to empower them. We will continue to support our Accredited Registrars to achieve their business goals.

For the Quarter ahead, our focus remains consistent with the goal of the association to create awareness and increase adoption of the .ng domain extension. We launched the 2nd .NG Promo beginning from October 1st to December 31st 2021 to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration. The aim is to expand access to the .ng domain extension and increase its adoption by lowering the barrier of entry for businesses in Nigeria seeking to grow their business online. We can call on partners to increase their efforts and make the .ng domain identity attractive enough for individuals and businesses to patronise. From our end, we are investing time and resources to build a robust and formidable domain name that can support the goal of Nigerian entrepreneurs and fuel the aspirations of its young population. We are grateful for the unending support of our parent company, NITDA, which has allowed us to move at this pace and achieve a lot of our goals.  Our goal remains to build Nigeria and Africa’s foremost country code Top Level Domain extension, and we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to achieve this.

Thank you all and till we see again, please watch your health and keep safe.

Kind regards,

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

8th AFRICA DOMAIN NAME SYSTEM FORUM

The Africa Domain Name System Forum is an annual open event for stakeholders in the Domain Name Industry in Africa organized by Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD), the African Registrars Association and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The event will be held online 27th to 28th July 2020.

The objective of the two-day event is to help the Africa Domain Name Industry to grow at a competitive rate and ensure that the continent is at par with the rest of the world.

Africa DNS Forum targets registries, registrars, resellers, registrants, DNS experts, government representatives as well as entrepreneurs interested in investing in the Africa Domain Name industry.

More than 200 participants representing government, private sector, civil society, media and the technical community drawn from Africa and beyond are expected to participate in the Africa Domain Name System Forum. There will be discussions highlighting the state of the domain name industry in Africa with an emphasis on current opportunities and challenges and how the same can be overcome.

Participants are expected to register to attend this event using the link. https://icann.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F-8EAOcEQbytTYSmXQr5lA

More information on the Africa Domain Name System Forum can be found here: www.dnsforum.africa

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