Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

  • banner1.png
  • banner2.jpg
  • banner3.png

MEDALLION AND ITS CEO BAGS AWARDS AT THE 2020 BOICT AWARDS

Engr Nnamani, the Treasurer, Executive Board of Directors at the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and Chief Executive Officer at Medallion Communications Limited scooped awards at the annual Beacon of Information and Communication Technology Awards (BoICT) organised by Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, a leading Nigerian ICT newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria.

Engr. Nnamani, President of Medallion and current President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), won the "Nigeria CommunicationsWeek ICT Personality of the Year" Award at the 2020 BoICT awards due to his active contributions and relentless efforts to develop the Nigerian telecommunication industry. The Award was presented to the Medallion CEO by the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Mr Muhammed Rudman.

Similarly, the just recent winner of the 'Most Connected Data Centre of the Decade' at the Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, Medallion, won the award as the "Most Interconnected Data Centre in Nigeria" that same day at the 2020 BoICT awards.

According to the organiser, founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Ken Nwogbo, "Engr Nnamani focuses on implementing the core network infrastructure that promotes, develops, and distributes local content and ensuring high-quality service is delivered to the subscribers at an affordable rate."

The Medallion CEO who dedicated both awards to the entire Medallion communications team said: "These are the rewards for hard work." He ended his appreciation note by commending his team's dedication and resilience in building an accommodating telecommunication infrastructure capable of hosting both local and international service providers in Nigeria.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT NOVEMBER 2020

NiRA VP, Mr. TOBA OBANIYI WINS OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Young Persons Award organized by the Young Entrepreneurs International Summit (YEIS) celebrates outstanding young entrepreneurs and persons from various parts of the globe. The gathering brings together young persons from various industries and sectors, who have in the past year been able to be a renowned force in their sector or industry.

Mr Toba Obaniyi, the Vice President,  Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), for his role as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at WHOGOHOST,  was presented an award of recognition as one of the Outstanding young people of the year 2020 at the 2020 edition of the Young Persons Award and Dinner which took place in Lagos Nigeria on the 29th November 2020.

This award marks yet another achievement for the young CEO. The Award was well received by him and was dedicated to his team members at WhoGoHost Limited.   The Management and Staff at the Nigeria Internet Registration Association, celebrate and congratulate Mr. Toba Obaniyi on the recognition by the Young Entrepreneurs International Summit.

At the 2020 Nigeria Technology Awards (NiTA) awards ceremony, for the second consecutive year, WhoGoHost Limited, one of the NiRA Accredited Registrar won the Web Hosting Company of the Year. This year's award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Whogohost Team. Congratulations, Whogohost on the award.

WhoGoHost Limited also used the occasion to thank their teeming clients for their support for trusting WhoGoHost with their businesses online.

 

REPORT ON THE 8TH MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATION AND DIGITAL ECONOMY (NDDCE)

The 8th Regular meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE) held at the Imo Trade & Investment (Ahiajoku) Centre, Owerri from the 27th November to 2nd December 2020. The theme of the meeting was ''Leveraging Digital Economy Policies & Strategies for Economic Recovery in a Covid-19 Era and Beyond''. Representatives of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) were at the NCCDE  to promote the .ng brand, Nigerian online identity. NiRA was proud to receive the dignitaries at the exhibition booth, provided by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

The 8th NCCDE was declared open by the Commissioner for Science & Technology, Hon. Ikechukwu Sunday Umeh on behalf of the Executive Governor of Imo State and was presided over by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, (FNCS, FBCS, FIIM) ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy  Mr. Musa Fuktur Istifanus.

In attendance were members of the council: Honorable Commissioners and representatives of the State Government, Chief Executives of Agencies and Parastatals in-charge of ICT in the Federal and State levels, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Members of the Armed Forces and other para-Military Agencies, members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and a host of stakeholders. The various stakeholders presented goodwill messages and encouraging words. They also stated areas they want government interventions at both the local, state and federal government levels.

During the Keynote address of the Permanent Secretary,  he said that digital technology will help enhance the socio-economic development of the country by increasing the contribution of ICT to the GDP and that the policy thrusts of the Ministry clearly articulate the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020 – 2025), National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Telecom Sector, National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy, Policy on virtual engagement in the Public Service, among others.

The Federal Government intends to use digital technologies to enhance national socio-economic development by increasing the contribution of ICT to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Council Members approved some memorandums that were brought forward by some state governments for the growth and development of the ICT sector and improvement of services in the government. The council also discussed some security measures and initiatives for the country and needed incentives in some areas for growth of the ICT industry in Nigeria.

The council encouraged Software vendors and companies to increase their presence in major cities in the country thereby increasing access to genuine software products and educating the public on the negative impact of software privacy.

The Council expressed appreciation to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo Hope Uzodinma, and the good people of Imo State for hosting the 8th Meeting of the National Council on Communications & Digital Economy for the hospitality and facilities placed at the disposal of participants.

Finally, the Council tentatively agreed that the 9th Meeting of the National Council on Communications & Digital Economy will hold in one of the North Central States on a date to be decided in 2021

NiRA PRESIDENT AT HOT FM 93.3 LAGOS

On Thursday 26th November 2020, NiRA President, Mr Muhammed Rudman was a guest at Hot FM 93.3 Lagos, speaking during a live interview session on Financial Matters hosted by Williams Uzomba of Connect Nigeria.

Mr. Rudman spoke on the .ng brand and Nigerian online identity for individuals and companies. For any business to be available on the Internet, the company must have a domain name to be visible on the internet.

Mr. Rudman spoke on the importance of using local domain names and hosting websites locally and the financial and job loss when Nigerian businesses host their websites outside the shores of Nigeria. He mentioned that the Federal Government of Nigeria has addressed the problems of Nigerian businesses hosting the websites abroad in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020 -2025 (NNBP 2020-2025). He informed that since the government can not compel companies to host their websites locally, the government intends to lead by example by ensuring all government websites are hosted locally.

Mr. Rudman spoke of how NiRA intends to encourage local hosting of websites. He spoke of the planned collaboration of NITDA/CAC/NiRA to ensure that all newly registered companies with CAC will for the first year of its existence have a free .com.ng domain name and free local hosting of its website for a year. With this opportunity, these companies will appreciate the hosting of their service locally.

Mr. Rudman as the Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), stated that all the telecommunications companies in Nigeria are interconnected, all the GSM operators are interconnected, and all the major service providers are connected. The major big players who are the content providers such as Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are all connected at the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN). During the interview, Mr. Rudman disabused concerns that .ng domain names are expensive. Mr. Rudman explained that the price of .com is about $10 which when converted is between  ₦4,000.00 to ₦5,000.00, while a .com.ng domain can be as low as ₦1,000.00 to ₦1,500.00.  At the time of the interview, NiRA was running a .ng promo, with the cost of a .ng second-level domain name being N4,800.00. He encouraged all to use the .ng domain name, stating that with increase in the number of .ng domain name registrations at the second level, the price of .ng domain names will drop as NiRA is a not- for- Profit organization. The reality being that .ng  and .com.ng domain names are cheaper than the gTLD domain names.