Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Be the Global Voice for the .NG Brand

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has conducted several entrepreneurship programs, including the most recent .NG Reseller Entrepreneurship Programme held on 18th of March 2021. These programmes are conducted to achieve many goals; apart from creating job opportunities and wealth creation for the youth and the unemployed, it is also to advance the growth of the .ng brand, Nigerian Online Identity in cyberspace and the Nigerian digital economy. We are all passionate about the digital economic growth of Nigeria. One of the ways to achieve the digital economic goal/growth of Nigeria is to have as many as possible legitimate online Nigerian businesses or presence.

Over the years the NiRA Board of Directors have sought ways to boost the uptake of the .ng domain names, the Nigerian Online Identity. Several campaigns had been embarked upon by both the NiRA Board and staff, and we are still yet to achieve the desired trajectory of domain registrations.

NiRA had hosted several award nights, free training(onsite and online), seminars, workshops, conferences, etc to bring the .ng brand to the consciousness of Nigerians. In the 3rd quarter of 2020, NiRA ran a .ng promo for three months. The promo for .ng non-premium domain names on the second level ran from the 24th August 2020 to 21st November 2020 and the rate of uptake of the .ng domain names was marginal. It is worthy of note that despite the challenges of the year 2020, the efforts of NiRA Esteemed Registrars yielded good results with the noted increase in the number of .ng domain names. The .ng domain name count at 2nd level hit the 20,000 mark by November 2020. In accordance with the NiRA Price Charter, we are happy to inform you that the reduction in the standard price for .ng domain name registrations took effect on Friday, 1st of January, 2021. The price on offer was dependent on the category of the NiRA Accredited Registrar. We have since noted that the NiRA Accredited Registrars have also reduced the price at which they offer .ng domain names to the public.

Nigeria needs global voices to promote its services and products. We need to build systems that work and would speak on behalf of Nigeria. Building a global brand requires more than just launching a website that is accessible from almost anywhere in the world. It requires conscious efforts.

In the entrepreneurship class, we reiterated the need to be creative and be a problem solver/solution provider in a unique style. We need to be considerate of the needs of our clients. Entrepreneurs need to be passionate and committed. Success comes to those who keep striving in pursuit of their goals no matter the number of times they fall or fail.

The .ng Registry connects you to the world by providing outstanding services.

Considering the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) still advises on social distance, hence, the Executive Board of Directors of NiRA has taken the decision that the 13th Annual General Meeting would be a Virtual Meeting.  The Notice of the 13th AGM would be sent by the NiRA Secretariat in line with the NiRA Constitution.

I would like to urge all NiRA members and stakeholders to continue to support NiRA, promote the .ng country code top-level domain and continue participating in all NiRA engagements. Be the national and global voice for the .ng brand.

Please keep safe and well.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA