Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Procedure for .gov.ng Domain Registration

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has released on its website the guidelines/procedure for the registration of .gov.ng domain names. Registering relevant domain names are often determined by some factors.

The domain must be simple, memorable, available, and so on. Another factor that is very vital is the right to register the domain name. Top Level Domains (TLDs) are categorized based on the content or purpose of the website.

For commercial and regulation purpose .ng Registry from inception created TLDs zones on second level and classified them as closed and open domain names. .gov.ng falls under closed domain which means, to register a .gov.ng, approval from government agency must be provided and verified by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Detailed guidelines on the procedure for .gov.ng domain names has been published on https://nitda.gov.ng/gov-ng-domain-registration/

 All registrants interested in .gov.ng registration are advised to read the guidelines.

All websites/portal of government constituents at all levels (Federal, State, and Local governments) or specialized projects of government that would last for 18 months or more are required to register on .GOV.NG zone.

NOTE: There are two ways to register a .GOV.NG domain name. You can either send a written application to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) or Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) through NiRA Accredited registrars.

Registration through a NiRA accredited Registrar

To register a .GOV.NG domain name through a NiRA accredited registrar, the Institution/MDA, through the registrar, must provide a scanned copy of an authorization letter signed by the Head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.

The letter should be addressed to the Chief Operating Officer of NiRA

The scanned copy must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the registrar.

The letter should provide the additional information as needed.

NiRA would send the letter to NITDA for verification and approval.

NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verification process and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NG Domain Guidelines.

Registration through NITDA

To register a .GOV.NG domain through NITDA, the Institution/MDA must provide an authorization letter signed by the head of the institution/MDA or the next officer in hierarchy.

The letter must be addressed to the Director General of NITDA and a scanned copy can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The letter should provide the additional information as needed.

NITDA verifies by confirming the authenticity of the letter through a standard verification process and approves the requested domain name strictly in line with the .GOV.NG Domain Guidelines. 

Update of Domain Name Registration Information

To update registration information through a NiRA accredited registrar or NITDA, an authorization letter containing the information to be updated should be communicated as stated above. The verification and approval for update follow the same process as well and update is effected accordingly.

Fees

Currently, NITDA charges no fee for .GOV.NG domain name registration and update. However, if a .GOV.NG domain name is registered through a NiRA accredited registrar, it is expected that the registrar would charge a consultancy fee. The charged fee varies from one registrar to another.

Mode of Communication

Amongst other communication channels, NITDA uses the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to verify the authenticity of the authorization letter and communicate application rejections and approvals.

Time Line

If all requirements are provided in the authorization letter and NITDA is able to verify the authenticity of the contents of the letter, the approval, registration and/or update is carried out within 24 hours.

 

SOURCE: NITDA Website

New version of AFRINIC Internet Routing Registry Released

AFRINIC, the Internet Numbers Registry for Africa, has released a new version of its Routing Registry service. You can read more about the new version of AFRINIC Internet Routing Registry (IRR) via the link https://afrinic.net/en/services/afrinic-irr

This new version has removed the need for the Autonomous System Number (ASN) holder to authorise route or route6 objects.

Previously, the route and route6 objects had to be authorised by both the holder of the IPv4 or IPv6 address space, and the holder of the ASN. In the case that the ASN and the address space were held by different organisations, then there was a process for semi-authorised objects to be held for seven days pending complete authorisation. In the case that the ASN was not issued by AFRINIC, then hostmaster staff had to authorise the route or route6 objects.

After the discussions within the AFRINIC's database working group https://lists.afrinic.net/mailman/listinfo/dbwg and checking the practices of other Internet Routing Registry services, AFRINIC decided to remove the need for the ASN holder to authorise any route or route6 objects in the AFRINIC IRR. The route or route6 objects still need to be authorised by the address space holder. The address holder is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the route (6) objects in the AFRINIC IRR.

These changes have been reflected in the updated version of the AFRINIC Internet Routing Registry Guide. https://www.afrinic.net/images/AFRINIC_IRR_Public_Guide_09272018.pdf

 

Source: AFRINIC Website

Make Your Blog relevant and Earn Some Money Online

With blogging, you are creating contents and sharing same online. You need a blog to create awareness of your business, service, and products. With your blog, you can make the difference.  You can make use of the business of blogging to earn a generous income. A blog is popular based on its relevance and consistency to its audience. There would be growth in its audience base and increase in followers. An interesting and popular blog would have a long list of advertisers and sponsored posts. The owner of that blog can be guaranteed of high income yield from the opportunities that are abound.

Your blog must stand out and be recognized by readers and sponsors. You want to reach out and attract the relevant audience. Blogging is a means of connecting with existing and new clients. There are basic rules/strategies to adopt to make your blog relevant.

You need a domain name and a platform. The relevance and popularity of a blog can be determined by the choice of the domain name and Web application platform. The blog domain name must be simple, available, memorable that is easy to remember and relevant to the blog target. Choosing the best blogging platform as a beginner could be a tough choice since there are several different blogging platforms. The choice of your blogging platform is a business decision.

Based on your brand, services, and products, you need to focus on your desired audience. Carve out that niche and maintain it. You need to understand the interest of your relevant audience, how to reach them and the reason why you are trying to reach them. You need to satisfy the interest needs of your target audience.

You must connect your blog to the social media. You have to create a social media handle to ensure all your postings are shared online. Be as passionate as possible with your posts. Your audience must relate to your blogs.

You must be posting relevant and interesting content regularly and consistently. You must provide content relevant to the space that’s interesting to your audience. It could be a trending issue that has taken its toll on the society

The above strategies will attract the audience and traffic to your blog. This will provide opportunities for you to apply for some online paid adverts such as Google AdSense and Sponsored post.

If you are interested in learning more about blogging, NiRA is organizing a blogger summit which is scheduled for Thursday 18th October 2018. Registration is still open via the link https://nira.org.ng/blogger

 

Please Comment on the Draft of the Revised NIRA Constitution

Sunday FolayanYour Association NIRA, is a bottom-up multi-stakeholder private sector led partnership between the Public and Private sector, for the management of the nation’s very important resource on the Internet, the country Code Top-level domain, .ng.

 Having been in existence for the past ten years, there definitely will be some challenges that the experience we have garnered over the years, will have taught us what to do. We are currently in the process of reviewing the constitution of the Association, to bring it up to date with realities, empower the registry for the growth of the ccTLD and also reposition the association to take its rightful position amongst the other ccTLDs in the world.

 Actions such as reviewing the constitution of an Association calls for courage and unity of purpose amongst all members. NIRA is pursuing this activity with vigour and a draft constitution has been prepared by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) based on the memorandum submitted by members. We are now at the stage of public comments on the draft.

The draft constitution is available at https://www.nira.org.ng/pdf/Draft_Constitution_of_NIRA_for_Membership_Comments.pdf. The period of public comment is from 1st October 2018 to 22nd October 2018.  All comments should be made on the NIRA membership mailing list.

It is important that all members take the time to review the draft document and make their comments known. All the comments will be collated by the Constitution Review Committee, and used in preparing the final draft, that members will vote upon.

Please help us define the future of NIRA, it is a duty we all owe to the Association. Lets do it!

 

I remain at your service.

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President

Domain Names and Subdomains, Why Sub-Domains?

A domain name is a user-friendly naming system that helps people to easily locate your website and information about you, your business or company on the Internet. Otherwise people would have been required to type an IP address, the language of computers for communication in a network.

The domain naming system serves the purpose of converting machine-readable IP address like 196.216.10.0 to human-readable hostnames, such as www.nira.org.ng, an easy-to-remember character strings call domain name.

Domain names are also referred to as an online identity registered by individuals or organisations through Registrars.

Sub-Domain

Subdomains are created from registered domain names. A subdomain could be a third-level (3LD) or even a fourth level (4LD) domain that was created from the original top-level domain. For example, academy.nira.org.ng.

A subdomain is a name that is part of the main website domain name but is considered a separate entity by the search engines. Subdomains are extensions of a domain name instead of purchasing another domain name. They are usually used for segmentation or of verification of different services provided by an organization. Subdomains can be used for organizational purposes such as blogging website for the organisations. On most occasions, subdomains are created to boost your website Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Using subdomain names is now a common practice by most organisations.