Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE .GOV.NG & .MIL.NG SENSITIZATION

The .gov.ng and .mil.ng sensitization forum held on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja. The forum was convened by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, delivered the welcome address while the Introductory Remarks as well as the Workshop Overview was delivered by Mr Muhammed Rudman, President NiRA. The NiRA secretariat was also represented by members of the management team.

Mrs. Busayo Balogun, Head, Corporate Services, NiRA, delivered the highlights of the reviewed .gov.ng and .mil.ng policy which she stated were a collaboration of inputs received from the stakeholders at a meeting held at the NiRA office complex in May 2018. Some of the issues she highlighted that were extensively deliberated upon along with their corresponding provisions in the reviewed policy include:

  • Cost/Pricing of .gov.ng domains
  • Technical Contacts/Migration Process for MDAs
  • Update on the Geoname policy
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) and their importance in MDA agreements with service providers
  • The inactivity of domains owned by MDAs
  • Automation of the Domain Registration & Management Process
  • .gov.ng Dispute Resolution Process
  • Hosting of Government Websites
  • .mil.ng Domains

Participants at the event asked many questions which contributed to the active discussions anchored by the Executive Secretary NiRA, Mrs Edith Udeagu. The NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman and Immediate Past President , Reverend Sunday Folayan were available to address the concerns of the audience. The event was adjudged a success by all and sundry.

The .gov.ng and .mil.ng sensitization forum held on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja. The forum was convened by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA). The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim, delivered the welcome address while the Introductory Remarks as well as the Workshop Overview was delivered by Mr Muhammed Rudman, President NiRA. The NiRA secretariat was also represented by members of the management team.

Mrs. Busayo Balogun, Head, Corporate Services, NiRA, delivered the highlights of the reviewed .gov.ng and .mil.ng policy which she stated were a collaboration of inputs received from the stakeholders at a meeting held at the NiRA office complex in May 2018. Some of the issues she highlighted that were extensively deliberated upon along with their corresponding provisions in the reviewed policy include:

  • Cost/Pricing of .gov.ng domains
  • Technical Contacts/Migration Process for MDAs
  • Update on the Geoname policy
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) and their importance in MDA agreements with service providers
  • The inactivity of domains owned by MDAs
  • Automation of the Domain Registration & Management Process
  • .gov.ng Dispute Resolution Process
  • Hosting of Government Websites
  • .mil.ng Domains

Participants at the event asked many questions which contributed to the active discussions anchored by the Executive Secretary NiRA, Mrs Edith Udeagu. The NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman and Immediate Past President , Reverend Sunday Folayan were available to address the concerns of the audience. The event was adjudged a success by all and sundry.

AFRINIC Board of Directors Announces Departure of AFRINIC CEO

The AFRINIC Board of Directors has announced that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Alan Barrett, will be leaving AFRINIC with effect from 26th July 2019. The AFRINIC Board of Directors sincerely thank Mr. Alan Barrett for his selfless dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to the global and African Internet community.

Mr. Barrett stated that “I have taken the difficult decision to leave AFRINIC, after four years as CEO. I have been both proud to serve the African community and humble to realise how small my own contributions have been. Any success that AFRINIC has enjoyed has been the result of a joint effort by many people, including the previous CEO, our dedicated and talented staff, Board members past and present, our vibrant community, and volunteers who serve on various committees”.

He further stated that “much work remains to be done to make Internet access affordable, open, and available throughout Africa. I firmly believe in AFRINIC’s vision to be the leading force in growing the Internet for Africa's sustainable development, and I have every confidence that the Board and staff will continue to work towards that goal.”

Mr. Alan Barrett leaves AFRINIC in a good position for future growth and the AFRINIC Board of Directors wish him the very best in his future endeavours.

The AFRINIC Board of Directors will launch a CEO search process that will culminate in the appointment of a new CEO as soon as possible and would ensure all measures are taken for a smooth transition including business continuity.

SOURCE: AFRINIC

NiRA 11th AGM Highlights

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) held its 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, 30th April, 2019. The AGM is a yearly meeting of the members (General Assembly) to receive from the Executive Board an Annual Report, the Financial Statements for the preceding financial year, the Auditor's report on those statements and a Business Plan and Budget for adoption or amendment. It is also an avenue to elect members of The Executive Board, should there be a vacancy.

In the President’s statement to the Members, he reported on the steady growth in domain names registration in 2018, at a growth rate of 30% year-on-year for the period as against the average of 3.2% global growth of ccTLD domains. A clear testimony to the work the various stakeholders have been doing to grow the numbers.

His statement also noted that NiRA’s Financial records was converted in conformity with the format and disclosures required under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This was in line with international best practices in financial reporting with embedded transparency and credibility. He noted the Board changes during the course of the year under review with the appointment of Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani as NiRA Treasurer, to serve out the term of Mrs. Yetunde Johnson. He mentioned the election of Mr. Murtala Abdullahi who was elected with the NiRA electronic General Meeting (eGM) Guidelines in May 2018 to fill the vacant position on the NiRA Board as a member of the NiRA Board. He acknowledged the entire NiRA community including the Gentlemen of the Fourth Estate of the Realm for their support over the past years in giving NiRA the required exposure and support at every event.

This year’s AGM was very interesting. Amongst the highlight was the election of Four (4) members into the Executive Board and other activities such as the presentation of the Annual Report, presentation of the Financial report, Business plan and budget for 2019.

At the end of the keenly contested election, the following members were elected into the NiRA Board: Mr. Muhammed Rudman as the President, Mr. Toba Obaniyi as the Vice President and Messrs Adesola Akinsanya and Lawrence Olawale-Roberts as members of the Executive Board of Directors. It is worthy to note that voting was online. This is the third year running that voting for members of the Executive Board was online.

On behalf of the newly elected Board members, the new NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, who is also the MD/CEO of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria(IXPN) appreciated the NiRA members for their active participation at the AGM, electoral process and solicites for their cooperation and support towards a better NiRA.

BEWARE OF PHISHING EMAILS OR WEBSITE!

"Phishing" is the process of using emails and/or websites that appear legitimate to improperly obtain personal information such as usernames, passwords and financial information from unguarded/unsuspecting individuals.

Under the Nigeria’s Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015, phishing means the criminal and fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details via the Internet. This is done by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication through emails or instant messaging either in form of an email from what appears from your bank asking a user to change his or her password or reveal his or her identity so that such information can later be used to defraud the user.

A malicious user sends out millions of fraudulent email messages that appear to come from popular websites or from websites that seems trustworthy, like your bank or Credit Card Company.  The email messages and websites often look so official that they deceive many people into believing that they are legitimate.  Believing that these emails are legitimate, unsuspecting people often respond to the emails requesting for their credit card numbers, passwords, account information or other personal information.

A scam artist might put a link in a fake email that appears to go to the legitimate website, but actually takes you to a scam site or even a pop-up window that looks exactly like the official site.  These copies are often called spoofed websites.  Once you get to one of these spoofed sites or pop-up windows, you might unwittingly enter even more personal information that will be transmitted directly to the person who created the spoofed site.  That person can then use this information to purchase goods, apply for a new credit card, or steal your identity.

There are several ways online users are advised to protect themselves:

  • Never respond to requests for personal information via email - Legitimate organizations will never ask for passwords, credit card numbers, or other personal information in an email. If you do receive an email requesting this kind of information, IGNORE/DELETE SUCH EMAIL, DO NOT RESPOND, DO NOT REPLY, DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS OR IMAGES and DO NOT OPEN ANY ATTACHMENTS with the message.  If you think the email is legitimate, contact the company by phone or through their website to confirm.
  • Visit websites by typing the URL into your web browse Do not follow links to the website from an email message.  Those links may take you to a spoofed site that might send all the information you enter to the scam artist who created the site.
  • Beware of IMITATION WEBSITES!
  • Check to make sure the website is using encryption. Check to see if the website uses encryption to transmit personal information.
  • Routinely review your passwords, credit card and bank statements.
  • Report suspected abuses of your personal information to the appropriate authorities.
  • Use anti-virus software and maintain security settings on your devices

NiRA journeys ON!

For the year 2019, the statutory meeting of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA); the 11th Annual General Meeting (AGM); held on Tuesday, the 30th of April 2019 in Lagos and it was a great meeting. Fruitful discussions, great observations and contributions were the hallmark of the day as NiRA members reviewed the 2018 Annual report and reviewed the 2019 Business Plan of the organisation. Attendance both physically and virtually was impressive, with members participating fully in all the activities of the AGM. Elections were conducted to fill the vacant positions on the NiRA Board. The members, by popular vote, elected me, Mr. Muhammed Rudman as President of NiRA to pilot the affairs of our Association. I am honoured by the trust reposed in me by the NiRA General Assembly.

 Firstly I must thank God for this honour and responsibility. I thank Rev’d Sunday Folayan, my predecessor, with whom I had served on the NiRA Board for the last four years as the Vice President. He had successfully steered the affairs of the  Association to the next level from where he took over from Mrs.  Mary Uduma. The number of .ng domain names registered and renewed annually had grown, many Nigerians are now aware of the .ng brand, the Nigerian Online identity in Cyberspace  and the educational level of the Domain Name System (DNS) is on the increase. I want to thank the NiRA Executive Board, who have been there at every step we had taken. I am grateful for their maturity and dedication.

Through unity of purpose, we believe we can improve upon the gains of the last four years and we will focus on three core areas of the organisation’s business:

  1. Increase in Domain Name registrations
  2. Increase in number of Accredited Registrars and Resellers
  3. Excellence in service provision

We have commenced the journey. Barely two days after the elections, I was opportuned to represent NiRA at the just concluded .gov.ng and .mil.ng policies sensitisation forum organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). This was organised by NITDA in collaboration with NiRA to  present the reviewed .gov.ng and .mil.ng policies to major stakeholders in government. These policies guide how .ng domain names can be registered by government establishments at Federal, State and Local Government levels. The event was flagged off by Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Director General/ Chief Executive Officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). The feedback from the event has been very good and it is hoped that we can leverage on the gains from this as we move into the SWITCHTO.NG campaign, where we take the campaign to all the 36 States of the Federation. We are very keen on promoting the use of ng domain names for Nigerian websites, email addresses and blogs, promoting local content and local hosting.

I look forward to working with the General Assembly, the NiRA Board of Trustees, Board of Directors, NiRA Accredited Registrars and all NiRA stakeholders. Together we shall succeed in our quest to massively increase the number of .ng domain names and make the registration more affordable for those who wish to register and use the .ng domain names.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NIRA Executive Board