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President Buhari at 2018 eNigeria

On Monday 5th November 2018 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, officially declared open the 2018 eNigeria Conference, Exhibition and Awards.

The event ran from 5th to 7th November 2018 and the theme for the 2018 edition was: “PROMOTING A DIGITAL ECONOMY IN AN ERA OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THROUGH EFFECTIVE REGULATIONS"

In his opening remarks, Dr. Isa Pantami, the Director General (DG) of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) stated that the conference provides a platform for all the stakeholders to brainstorm on issues at the front burner of our Nation’s ICT sector in order to proffer ingenious solutions.

 NITDA provides advisory role to MDAs at the early stages of their budgetary cycle to ensure that whatever project they propose provides value for money, avoids duplication and waste.

 The Keynote Speaker at the event, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu spoke on "The Role of Disruptive Technologies in Curtailing Corruption at the ongoing”. He encouraged Security Agencies in Nigeria to explore the use of Blockchain Technology to preserve the integrity of data.

 The Chief Host, eNigeria 2018, Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu informed the audience that Nigeria has achieved a broadband penetration of 23% in 2018 from 10% in 2014.

As he declared the event open, President Buhari commended the efforts of NITDA on the Registration of IT Contractors and Service Providers, in collaboration with other regulatory bodies with special emphasis on competencies.

 He enjoined the Conference to come up with innovative ideas, workable and implementable recommendations that would help and enhance government’s efforts at creating the enabling environment for the promotion of the digital economy in an era of disruptive technologies, considering our peculiarities as a country.

At the event, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria reiterated the commitment of the Government to fighting corruption noting that the failure to kill corruption would result in corruption killing the people.

 Other dignitaries at the 2018 eNigeria included Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engineer Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, DG/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Reverend Sunday Folayan, President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Engineer Ikechukwu Nnamani, CEO, Medallion Communications, Professor Sahalu Junaid, Department of Computer Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria amongst others.

In the NiRA booth at the exhibition area of the 2018 edition of eNigeria, were NiRA staff with three of NiRA Accredited registrars (Upperlink Limited, TFHost and Dot-Engee Nigeria Enterprises. This was a rewarding experience for all.

.NG Domain Report for October 2018




ICANN Annual Report for Financial Year 2018

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and Names has published its 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2018 annual report on its website. The report details the accomplishment of ICANN for the period and contains the highlights of the Board, community, and organizational accomplishments. The report also provides an update on the organization’s progress against its objectives and much more. This report is published in accordance with ICANN Bylaw 22.3.


Review of AFRINIC Bylaws

AFRINIC is the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources serving the African Internet Community. On the 28th October 2018, AFRINIC published on its website that its Governance Committee has decided to review the AFRINIC Bylaws. The current Bylaws have served AFRINIC for some time now.

The ongoing discussions on the review of the Bylaws may warrant changing even the structure of the Bylaws.

AFRINIC has now invited the community to make comments on the various sections/articles of the Bylaws before 17th November 2018. Thereafter, AFRINIC would produce a draft document based on the comments collected from the community.

The comments from the Community should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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NiRA AT ngNOG 2018

 I was privileged to present the Welcome Address at the 2018 Nigerian Network Operators’ Group (ngNOG) conference held on Tuesday 30th October 2018 at the Zone Tech Park in Lagos. ngNOG as the group is fondly called, is the foremost group of Network Engineers that came together for the purpose of developing capacity in the ICT industry in Nigeria.

 This year with the 13th edition, the group aimed at helping the country in its continuous quest/effort to increase broadband penetration, capacity building activity of ICT personnel and other stakeholders in Nigerian Educational Institutions.

At the Conference, I recalled how the ngNOG started in Nigeria in 2006. It was a child of necessity, born out of observing that the majority of participants at the AFNOG in South Africa in the year 2000 were Nigerians. At the conference, we went down memory lane, highlighting how the domestication of ngNOG has saved resources for Nigeria and Nigerians (huge amount of foreign reserves for flight and hotel fees and man hours lost during flight times). Hosting ngNOG in Nigeria, providing quality education to Nigerians in different locations in Nigeria has also contributed to growing the hospitality business in Nigeria. 

I made it known to the participants that, while Nigeria is trying to adopt Technology as the main driver of the Economy, the World has gone beyond the stage of adoption. Developed countries have adopted Technology in driving the Economy of Government Activities. Internet of things is already being adopted by individuals to drive their home activities whilst in the office.

Google has also gone beyond the Global Positioning System (GPS) to Visual Positioning System (VPS), the new visual system in Google Maps. The VPS uses your phone's camera and Google's extensive back-end data to analyze your surroundings to identify where you are with greater accuracy.

And of course, as the number one advocate for the .ng country code Top Level Domain, I highlighted the benefits associated with registering the .ng domains and promoting the Nigerian online identity. We are working towards the full adoption of .ng domain names for Nigerian websites. There is the urgent need for Nigerians to fully adopt the local content policy for the greater benefit of the Nigerian ICT ecosystem and economy. We need to globally promote our local content.

I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan