Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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AFRINIC launches a New Website

African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC), the regional Internet registry for Africa, launched a New, Fresh, Information and Bilingual website.

The new website was deployed on AFRINIC website domain to replace the old website. The new website is available in English and French for now with plans to add an Arabic section planned for 2019. The new website provides a user-friendly browsing experience for AFRINIC members, the community and all the stakeholders.

The website has an improved structure, navigation as well as consolidated pages to ensure that information is easy to find.

It is expected that there will be few issues and broken links which AFRINIC fixes within the shortest time possible, not exceeding 3 months.

Hosting Data Abroad: Whoever Host Your Data, Owns and Controls You - Mallam Yusuf Kazaure, MD, GALAXY Backbone Limited

Galaxy Backbone Limited has the responsibility of maintaining Government services, offshore data services and promoting data sovereignty across the country and securing Government information system.

Galaxy Backbone Limited was created when Government was spending a lot of money on ICT and was not getting the commensurable value. The MDAs were doing different things. The activities of the MDAs were not complementing each other.

Galaxy Backbone Limited has the responsibility of providing a common platform for all Federal Government MDAs and is to be in charge of all Federal MDAs data sovereignty across the country.

Mallam Yusuf Kazaure stated in a recent interview that when Galaxy Backbone started business, they took hold of existing key government infrastructure and then merged them into one common platform which was called the ‘’’’. The has been very successful. For example, it harmonized the government platform.

Currently Galaxy Backbone has the largest fibre network in Abuja, covering close to 80% of Federal Government MDAs with their headquarters in Abuja and connected more than 90% of these organisations with fibre and all are linked to each other.

The platform where different MDAs can host their data, can also provide for the private sector. This is made possible because of the quality of the infrastructure that have been put in place. Big ICT companies now seek partnership with Galaxy Backbone.


NCS 40th Anniversary and NITMA 2018

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) celebrated its 40th Anniversary in promoting Information Technology Advocacy in Nigeria. The event was held in conjunction with the National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA 2018) on Friday, the 16th November, 2018 which also doubled as the 40th Anniversary Awards, Special Recognition Awards, Fellowship Conferment, IT Industry Awards and IT Personality of the year award.

Being its 40th anniversary, NCS recognised its first registered 40 members, Past Presidents, and other leaders. NCS also conferred special recognition awards some selected members of the public who have contributed immensely to the growth of Information Technology in Nigeria.

Some members were admitted into the Professional Fellowship cadre. These members include Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, Director-General/CEO of National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria (NITDA), Elder Chima Onyekwere, the CEO of Linkserve, a pioneer Internet Service Provider (ISP), Funke Opeke, CEO MainOne and many others.

The event was Chaired by Mr Austin Okere and Barrister Adebayo Shittu the Honourable Minister of Communications was the Special Guest of Honour.

The NCS is a major stakeholder in the running of the affairs of NiRA and played a major role in the formation of NiRA.

The current President, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, said NCS would continue to play a greater role and grow as a powerful and influential ICT catalyst, driving Nigeria forward into full digital inclusion and development encompassing a digital economy and digital governance.

We congratulate NCS, its members and its founding fathers for the successes recorded over the years.

Important Administrative Changes in NiRA

I am pleased to announce very important Administrative changes in the Management of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).

Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim will assume the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of NIRA with effect from 1st December 2018. Eyitayo comes from a rich Information Technology background with a keen eye on Project Management and Operational Excellence. We are delighted to attract such a talent as Eyitayo to NIRA, and look forward to her contributing positively as a member of the NIRA Family.

In the last four years, Mrs. Edith Udeagu has brought a lot of stability to the NIRA Secretariat, in her role as the Chief Operating Officer and the Head of the Secretariat. With effect from 1st December 2018, Edith will assume the role of the Executive Secretary to the Board of NIRA, and the Head of the Secretariat.

The Board of NIRA is delighted with these advances, as it further solidifies NIRA’s footprint and positions the organization for growth and the needed resilience to make the registry a force to reckon with.

With over 66 Registrars and our steady march to 150,000 domains in the registry, the need to ensure operational excellence and a robust operation is very important at this point in time, serving its stakeholders and helping to deepen the utilization of the Nigerian identity - .ng.

Please join me in welcoming Eyitayo, and here is wishing the Secretariat team, very many more successes in the days to come.


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan


The Nigerian Network Operators' Group (ngNOG) Network Technology Week 2018 in Pix

The 2018 ngNOG Conference and Workshop held in Lagos from 29th October to 3rd November 2018. The ngNOG forum as conceived is for developing local technical capacity in the management of Internet-connected networks in Nigeria. While the events have extended beyond the Research and Education space to include more commercial network operators and innovators that depend on reliable networks, the goal remains reliable broadband Internet access and services for end users. In the past three years (starting 2016), the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) had joined the forum to create capacity in the DNS Industry. The attendance at the NiRA workshop track at ngNOG is free for participants but limited to the capacity of the class. 

In the 2018 edition of the ngNOG, a platform was provided for key players in telecommunications and infrastructure to build technical capacity and explore opportunities to deepen Nigeria’s broadband Internet penetration and improve quality of service. Speakers discussed on the current challenges with the rural areas and suggestions were made on how to overcome and improve on the internet penetration to the rural areas.

Considering that this was the first time in the past three years that the ngNOG conference and workshop held in Lagos, attendance was very high at the conference. There were speakers from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Medallion Communications, MainOne, Google, Internet Society (ISOC), Facebook, Afrinic, Netflix and many others.

There were glowing remarks from the participants of the various tracks of the workshops on the quality of the knowledge impacted on the participants.