Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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MRS UWA SULEIMAN EMERGES SPOKESPERSON TO COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) felicitates with Mrs. Uwa Suleiman who has been appointed by the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, as his spokesperson.  Mrs. Suleiman had served as the Assistant Chief of Corporate Affairs at the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) where she worked closely with the Honourable Minister when he was the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Agency.

According to her letter of appointment, Mrs. Suleiman’s appointment which is based on her track record and performance at NITDA takes effect from the 5th of September 2019.

FINTECH: THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK!

The increased ease with which financial transactions can be performed helps in ensuring that people are happier to spend more money. This assures businesses of survival in the tough global economic climate. From online shopping to paying bills and transferring money, financial services have been forced to evolve as quickly as society’s needs. The demand for instant gratification is growing, we hear the experts proclaim loudly. This has greatly influenced people’s need to be able to perform more and more complex transactions at the click of a button or two.

It is said that the idea of Fintech and the handling of our finances online could be traced back to the end of the 20th century when the U.S. Reserve Bank introduced the “Fedwire” service. This service employed the Telegraph for transmission of transactions. Credit cards and ATM machines took over in the 60’s and with the advent of the internet, Fintech has become an industry unrivaled in its capacity to touch people’s lives irrespective of where they are located. It can be said without an iota of doubt that revolutionary creations such as mobile payments have come to stay.

In Nigeria, the Fintech industry is also growing at a tremendous rate. It has become imperative that Financial Institutions invest in Fintech to avoid becoming obsolete. As internet penetration is increasing, so is the use of online financial transactions. A geometric expansion in the client base for Fintech is therefore imminent. It is predicted that in line with global trends, insurance companies will also soon begin to cooperate with Fintech Companies to keep up with business trends.

One of the worries which are expressed in the Nigerian market relates to the security of online financial transactions. It is even more worrisome with the cases of fraud which have been brought to the limelight most recently and seem to put a large percentage of infractions at the doorstep of Nigerians.

It is hoped that with the recent events in Fintech in Nigeria which have security as their focus, minds will be put to rest regarding efforts to secure online transactions, and more people will conduct their businesses online. As growth happens in this regard, the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) will also continue to position herself to support innovation and security as the trusted platform for businesses to get the visibility that they deserve.

PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

On behalf of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), I heartily congratulate Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi the newly appointed Director-General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). Mr. Abdullahi is not new to the Agency as he served as Technical Assistant to Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the former Director-General/CEO NITDA during his secondment from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). At NITDA, Mr. Abdullahi coordinated major projects such as the Local Content initiatives that has increased ICT local production by over 200% in 2017 and the execution of strategies which have increased ICT’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP by over 13% in Q2 2018. With the DG’s vision to transform NITDA into a smart organisation, permit me to extend my best wishes to him and wish him a successful tenor.

I also want to use this opportunity to appreciate the newly appointed Minister of Communication and outgoing Director-General of NITDA for successfully repositioning NITDA to focus on producing better regulations for development and promoting local content initiatives including the promotion of .NG domains for Federal Government Agencies.

NiRA and the Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) both represented by my humble self, attended the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum organised by the Internet Society and African IXP Association (AFIX) in collaboration with Rogers Capital, which was held from 20-22 August, 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava, Mauritius. The event was attended by global content providers, Chief Technology Officers, peering coordinators and IXPs. Participation at the event served as a platform to expand and develop the Internet in Africa, as well as  network with global content providers and IXPs in an effort to attract them to Nigeria, and ultimately, improve network interconnection, lower the cost of connectivity, and increase locally available content, for the benefit of Internet users in Nigeria.

Muhammed Rudman

President, NIRA Executive Board

2019 SOCIAL INFLUENCERS’ SUMMIT

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) organized a two-day Summit for Social Influencers on 30th and 31st July, 2019 at Mambaya house, Kano state. The Summit attended by special dignitaries, social media influencers and over three hundred participants aimed t0 create a symposium of ideas, innovations and forum where modern advocacy tools and strategies were showcased.

The Summit was graced by the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar G. Danbatta who delivered a keynote address with the theme: "The Internet We Want and the Role of the Regulator”. Representatives of the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA) also graced the event and enlightened all on the Importance and Security of .ng Domain Names.

With 28 parallel sessions, there was extensive discussions around various thematic issues like: gender-based violence; social media as a tool for promoting social accountability; drama, poetry and music in the social media; role of online newspapers in fighting corruption; understanding the power of the New Broadcast Media; winning the battle against harmful content; African Declaration of Internet Rights and Freedoms.

The event concluded on a high note, causing all to reflect on the usefulness and influence of social media in the current Internet-dependent society. The program ended with the delivery of the vote of thanks by Mr. Y. Z. Ya’u the Executive Director, CITAD.

ICANN 2019 NOMINATING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP SELECTIONS

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 2019 Nominating Committee (NomCom) announced the selections for ten leadership positions on 19th August, 2019. Those selected will begin their terms after the ICANN66 Annual General Meeting 2-7 November 2019 in Montréal, Canada.

    The 2019 Nominating Committee received 127 applications from 42 women and 85 men during its nomination period from 17 January 2019 to 22 March 2019.

The regional breakdown of this year's applicants was:

  • 56 from Africa
  • 35 from Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands
  • 13 from Europe
  • 21 from Latin America, Caribbean Islands
  • 2 from North America

The Nominating Committee is charged with recruiting and selecting a portion of ICANN's leadership. The Nominating Committee is mandated to ensure that ICANN's overall leadership is diverse in geography, culture, skills, experience, perspective and meet some basic requirements.

The ICANN chairman on behalf of the Nominating Committee, did thank all those who applied for leadership positions at ICANN and encouraged all to continue their participation within ICANN as the involvement is valued and important to ICANN's mission.

 

For more details https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-08-19-en