Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

As the 2019 .ng awards approaches, there is enthusiasm to know the eventual winners of the various awards. It is important to remember that the .ng awards recognize organizations that successfully conduct their businesses using the .ng domain names; the Nigerian Online Identity.

The nominees for the awards are companies and individuals using the .ng domain names, projecting the Nigerian culture and norms, and helping to make the Internet more accessible and secure. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is rewarding these entities for their various achievements. Nominations and voting for the eventual winners in the various categories were done by the general public, ratified by a Jury and overseen by NiRA’s external auditors.  As we all look forward to the awards on 5th July, 2019, let me again re-assure all stakeholders that these awards are based purely on merit and the sheer hard-work of the nominees and eventual winners. I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all the nominees and the eventual winners of this notable award.

NiRA was ably represented at both the recently concluded Africa Internet Summit in Uganda and the more recent ICANN 65 Conference in Morocco. Members of Staff of the Secretariat attended and actively participated at the AIS Summit and the AfTLD Conference. Exposure to best practices and participation at such events ensure continuous improvement of services rendered by the NiRA Secretariat.  At the ICANN conference, the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Edith Udeagu made a presentation on “Legal Considerations: Domain Name Auction using the Twitter Platform”, which was well received and served to further cement NiRA’s position as a ccTLD to be reckoned with. Some of NiRA’s Executive Board Members and the NiRA Chief Operating Officer were also in attendance at the conference.

NiRA will, next week, in partnership with other stakeholders, host the first Nigeria School on Internet Governance as well as the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum. Both events will hold in Lagos, Nigeria from 8th to 11th July, 2019 and have attracted many key players in Internet Governance.

NiRA continues to strive hard to promote and increase the adoption of the .ng brand, our Nigerian Online Identity.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NIRA Executive Board

AITTA 2019: Medallion wins Best Africa Data Center Provider award

Medallion Communications Limited won the Best Data Centre Provider of the Year 2019 at the 4th Africa Information Technology & Telecom Awards (AITTA) held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra Ghana on 28th June 2019.  Medallion Communications Ltd also won the “ Best Connectivity Provider” award at the 2nd edition of the AITTA in Ghana in 2017 and the 2018 “Interconnectivity Company” award. You will recall that the Nigeria Telecommunications Commission won the “ African Regulator” award from AITTA in 2016.

Reciting Medallion’s profile, the organizer of the award, InstintWave noted that Medallion has democratized Data Centre operations in Nigeria and indeed Africa. Thus, it deserved the ‘Best Data Centre Provider of the Year’ award.

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, whilst receiving the award on behalf of Medallion Communications Limited said the award is a testament to Medallion’s resilience in building telecom infrastructure that is currently accommodating the hosting of contents from both local and international service providers in Nigeria.

Engr Nnamani said that the Medallion Data Center,  is carrier-neutral and currently provides hosting services to over 83 local and international service providers that are operating in Nigeria. This is a feat which positioned Medallion to receive the award.

Medallion is presently strengthening its market footprints by expanding Data Centre services across Nigeria and selected West African nations. In addition to its facilities in Lagos and Abuja, Medallion is creating new facilities in Asaba, Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Kano and Ibadan in its next expansion phase. This is in a bid to address some of the data hosting challenges in the industry.

NiRA congratulates her Executive Director, Engr Ike Nnamani and the entire team at Medallion Communications on this well-deserved award.

AFRICA INTERNET SUMMIT (AIS ’19)

The African Network Information center (AFRINIC) together with the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG) organized the Africa Internet Summit (AIS ‘19) which held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, in Kampala, Uganda from 9th to 21st June 2019. AfNOG workshop and Conference held from 9th to 18th June 2019 and AFRINIC-30 conference held from 15th to 21st June 2019.

The summit aimed at bringing the ICT business and technical community in Africa together under one roof to discuss issues and challenges relating to the Internet, its usage, impact, public and private sector participation. Key areas of focus at the summit included Internet Number Resource Management, Routing Protocol, IPv4 & IPv6, Cyber Security and more.

The Summit called upon the international community to increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in developing countries.

Many agreed that the continent’s prospects for the future largely depended on investment in technology. According to AU Agenda 2063 Framework, the information technology revolution provided unprecedented opportunities for Africa. These can only be taken advantage of with the right technical policies to catalyze economic and social transformation.

CPN 2019 IT Professionals Assembly/Annual General Meeting

The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) hosted the 2019 IT Professional Assembly/Annual General Meeting with the theme “Digital Infrastructure: Defining the next step”. The event, which took place at Nicon Luxury, Abuja from Wednesday, 26th June to Thursday, 27th June, 2019 was attended by various dignitaries and senior Information Technology (IT) officials. It featured many seasoned speakers in the Information Technology profession.
The annual CPN Information Technology Professionals’ Assembly is a conference of Information Technology practitioners, decision makers and IT stakeholders in Nigeria. The Assembly provides opportunities for key players in the industry to dynamically discuss and strategize on evolving and challenging issues in Information Technology in order to come up with recommendations and decisions that will impart positively on the industry and the nation.
The event concluded with an Annual General Meeting which also featured election for the position of the Council Chairman and Council Vice Chairman. The election was conducted electronically. The winners of the election were sworn into office on Thursday 27th June, 2019 are Prof. Charles Onuwa Uwadia – Chairman and Mr. Kole Jagun – Vice Chairman.
NiRA representatives and its Accredited Registrars, exhibited at the event and provided a platform for participants to engage and register their .ng domain names.

CELEBRATING NIGERIAN WOMEN, ICONS OF HOPE

On Monday 10th June 2019, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs through the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Abuja will induct 22 women into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame. These women were selected for their  iconic contributions to national development. Apart from Dr. Adadevoh, the Nigerian doctor who helped to curb the spread of Ebola virus in Nigeria, we have amongst others, Professor Adenike Osofisan, an esteemed Member NiRA Board of Trustees. Prof Osofisan is the first lady to obtain the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science in Nigeria from the University of Ibadan. This recognition attests to the good work she had done over the years and the great roles she has played in the society. We congratulate Prof Adenike Osofisan and the other women, who have been recognised.