Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NIRA at the 2018 IT ASSEMBLY

The Computers Professionals [Registration Council] of Nigeria (CPN) of Nigeria hosted the 2018 IT Professionals Assembly at the Abuja International Conference Centre from Wednesday, 20th June to Thursday 21st June, 2018. The theme of the event was tagged ““Professionalism in Information Technology: Past, Present and Future.”

The event which was attended by various dignitaries and Senior Information Technology (IT) officials featured many seasoned speakers in the Information Technology profession.

The 2018 Assembly coincided with the 25th Anniversary of CPN. The IT Professional Assembly was an exclusive networking event for senior Information Technology (IT) decision makers, IT consultants, upcoming IT entrepreneurs, IT practitioners, teachers and IT Systems administrators.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Director General/CEO National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), was ably represented by Dr. Abdullahi Gambo Usman, Director IT Infrastructure Solutions, who highlighted the issues of ICT in Nigeria and called on members of CPN especially its leaders to join hands with NITDA in finding effective ways of addressing these issues.

The Assembly provided opportunities for key players in the industry to examine the roles of IT Professionals in National Development, the impediments in the way, as well as how the potentials of IT Professionals could be harnessed maximally for National Development.

NiRA’s representatives and Accredited Registrars exhibited at the event and provided a platform for participants to engage and register .ng domain names.

Google Begins another Move Towards a Secure Web

Google has always taken Internet security and Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) seriously by advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. Currently all Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) sites are not marked as “not sure”. HTTPS is a secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between a browser and a website. The “S” at the end of HTTPS, stands for Secure, meaning all exchange of data/information between the browser and the website is encrypted.

As announced in February 2018 by Google, with the release of Chrome 68 in July 2018, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as "not secure". This is explained below with the example of a website “www.”,

Google desires to provide visitors to websites with the most secure browsing experience and application developers are adapting to HTTPS to make the websites safer. When users to a website feel safe, they are more likely to visit that website again to utilize the services on offer. Secured connections for an eCommerce website is very important to boost visitors’ confidence. Statistics have shown the adaption to HTTPS websites is on the increase. A better and safer user experience equals a more satisfied user base.

It has also been observed that websites with https connection receives higher ranking from Google as opposed to the standard HTTP connection.

It is advised that your website uses the HTTPS connection to maintain its credibility and avoid the “NOT SECURE” warning sign that Chrome would put on websites not using HTTPS.

Adequate instructions for developers on how to migrate websites with HTTP to HTTPS are abound and many developers are utilizing this option to secure their websites.

Do not forget that Internet Users feel more secure when connecting to a website with HTTPS connection.


2018 .ng Awards

Sunday FolayanThe 2018 edition of the .ng Awards (The third edition) comes up on Friday 6th July 2018. Over the past three years, the .ng Awards have rewarded those organisations and individuals who are promoting the .ng brand, the Nigerian Online Identity.

These entities are companies and individuals using the .ng domain names for their websites, projecting the Nigerian culture and norms, and helping to make the Internet more secure, open and accessible. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is rewarding these entities for their various achievements. Nominations and voting for the eventual winners in the various categories was done by the general public.  

The .ng Awards is generating discussions in Nigeria amongst startups, SMEs, Non-Governmental  agencies making the Internet safer, local hosting service providers, the press and the Internet users at large.

As we all look forward to the awards tomorrow, let me again re-assure all stakeholders that these awards are based purely on merit and the sheer hard-work of the nominees and eventual winners. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate all nominees and the eventual winners.


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Mr. Murtala Abdullahi joins NiRA Board

Mr. Murtala Abdullahi, an entrepreneur who is the Founder of Smartweb Nigeria Ltd and Eshal Concept Enterprises has been elected to the Board of NIRA.

His election is sequel to the resolution of members at the 10th NiRA Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the 30th of April 2018, that the vacant position on the NiRA Board should be filled by conducting an electronic General Meeting e-GM in accordance with the constitution of NIRA. 

Mr. Abdullahi’s election is the culmination of the process of Nominations and electronic voting, which took place over a period of seven weeks.

Mr. Abdullahi joins the other professionals on the Board of NIRA with a wealth of experience. He is very passionate about technology. The recognition of his unequivocal good work in technologies has won him a lot of award, including the last African Convergence Conference Award held at Sheraton Hotel,  Lagos in 2017.  Mr. Muritala’s profile is already on the NIRA website. 

We congratulate Mr. Murtala Abdullahi, and we look forward to his contributions in successfully pilot the affairs of NiRA. We equally congratulate all members of NIRA for the show of maturity in the election process, and th other contestants for putting themselves forward to serve.


The Business and Professional Women (BPW) Lekki chapter held her Annual conference on the 7th June 2018 at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos. BPW is an affiliated member of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW international) and it is one of the most influential International Networks.

NIRA with three of its accredited registrars Upperlink Limited, Whogohost Limited, Integrated Software Services Ltd (Issl) and some other companies were present at the conference. NiRA with the three NiRA accredited Registrars were at the event to exhibit and also highlight their services including registration of .ng domain names and local hosting of websites. The awareness creation, promotion of the .ng brand and registration of the .ng domain names is a continuous exercise.

The BPW conference had women from different business areas and upcoming businesses discuss on how Women can collaborate for Growth. Upcoming business entrepreneurs were encouraged to start up their businesses and overcome limitations. In general, the discussants emphasized on the need for general support, for women in business, to promote societal growth.