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ICANN’S RECOGNITION OF MR. LAWRENCE OLAWALE-ROBERTS, NIRA’S BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts was elected as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) on the 30th of April 2019.  Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts is the Managing Director & CEO of MicroBoss, a premier technology consulting firm, aiming at becoming one of the largest and leading technology services companies globally, with its headquarters in Abuja and servicing top brands like Nigeria’s Central Bank.

In recognition of his service on the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where he had served for many years, the ICANN Board of Directors recognized Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts during ICANN's 22nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 22 October 2020. It was a moment of great pride for the Nigerian Internet Community, in fact the African Community. Due to the challenges associated with the covid-19 pandemic, the event was streamlined online via Zoom Platform.

The name of Mr. Olawale-Roberts was read out as he received the recognition with a formal ICANN Board resolution and his photograph was displayed on the screen in the Zoom room upon announcement of his name. The NiRA Board and the Nigerian Internet Community were present at the virtual event, to recognize, acknowledge and pay homage to one of its own. We say congratulations to Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts.

Within the global Internet Governance space, Mr. Olawale-Roberts is an ICANN Fellow and the first Nigerian to become a member of ICANN’s Nominating Committee, a team that recruits half of the ICANN Board asides other leadership roles. He has been a member of different working groups and committees that help shape the global Internet’s policy development process.

A Nigerian with a lifelong interest and involvement with the Internet, boasting of over 20 years of progressive, broad management experience in the Non-Governmental, Public and Private sectors asides global partnerships, he is a recipient of various awards, loves music and the game of golf.

To buttress the waves Mr. Olawale-Roberts is making on the international community and his contributions, as his tenor on the ICANN NOMCOM ended in October 2020, he was on the 12th November 2020 elected as the incoming Vice-Chair, Finance and Operations for Business Constituency, ICANN. He will start to function in this capacity from 1st January 2021. We can only wish him the best and pray God grants him the grace to excel in this new position.

POSITION YOUR BUSINESS FOR GROWTH THROUGH THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY

It is a well-established fact the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many businesses in the year 2020 and many are still currently struggling to come out of the woods. No one knows for sure when the vaccine for the COVID-19 would be readily available for the average person in the world. So, every business is trying to ensure it uses all available technology/tools to position itself for growth. Making technology a central part of the business plan is vital for the success of any business. The Coronavirus pandemic was unexpected and has had its toll on most businesses. With the covid-19 protocols, especially the ban on gathering of many people in defined/confined space/area (office space/factories), many organisations have looked towards technology to carry on with their businesses.

The role of technology in business is to drive the needed growth and improvements in business operations and processes. Different industries and companies have had to rely on technology for business communication, optimization of production, inventory management and financial record-keeping. Businesses with solutions in the cloud have continued to work from home. Technology has helped businesses to achieve their objectives, increase productivity and efficiency by reducing costs and maximizing revenues.

There are many benefits to be derived from applying technology in business. As technology continues to proliferate at a rapid pace into every corner of our lives, organizations and businesses have had to reinvent themselves to remain relevant and keep providing values to their stakeholders. As we live in a fast-changing world in which the business continues to evolve, it has become paramount for businesses to adopt new technologies for growth, efficiency and productivity.

The list of modern-day technologies that help businesses to thrive are computers, software, inventory control systems, accounting systems, customer relationship management systems, networks and telephone communications. Business owners have learnt that technology is not just about hardware and software in use. It’s about using the latest technologies to enable business growth while shielding the business from risks, downtime and cyber threats.

Under the current economic climate where virtual business transactions have become the new normal, to ensure that businesses survive and continue to thrive in these times, business owners have made their goods and services available online.

The .ng domain is a viable platform for taking businesses online. It is Nigeria’s identity on the internet, and it is globally recognized and accepted. Contact any of the Accredited Registrars of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) via https://www.nira.org.ng/accredited-registrars to get your  .ng domain name. This is the first step towards taking your business online. The NiRA Accredited Registrars are readily available to offer services including development of your website and local hosting of your business website.

Keep safe as you move your business online and operate online.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT OCTOBER 2020

e-NIGERIA 2020: NITDA INAUGURATES LOC

Every year the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) looks forward to participating in the e-Nigeria conference and being a member of the Local Organising Committee. On 2nd October 2020, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) inaugurated the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 13th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibitions and Awards, the flagship IT event in the country. The proposed theme for the year 2020 e-Nigeria which is slated to hold from 24th to 26th November 2020 is "Towards a National Digital Transformation and Economic Sustainability in Nigeria." The theme and the sub-themes are derivatives from the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and NITDA Roadmaps which are designed to transform Nigeria's economy to digital with the use of digital technology.

eNigeria, the international IT conference provides a platform for the creation of digital awareness, development of the appropriate framework, and set of goals to ensure best practices in order to encourage appropriate positioning of Nigeria in the global information society.

Dr. Usman Abdullahi, the Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions, represented Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, the NITDA Director-General, at the inaugural meeting.

He said, "we are planning to make this year's event regional and we have the opportunity to achieve this because it is coming at the period when we have a pandemic that is making virtual meeting the new normal. This will encourage participation from anywhere".

The LOC members were advised to ensure that they plan and execute a highly successful international event. Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi , the DG advised the members to be innovative and open to new ideas as nothing is cast on stone. The Chief Research Officer, Dr Muhammed Agbali who spoke on behalf of Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Dr Agu Collins whose department oversees the execution of the conference said, the 13th edition of the conference would be an infusion of both virtual and physical platforms due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Describing the 2020 e-Nigeria as a hybrid conference, Dr Agbali stated that people would be able to join the conference from anywhere in the world and only the speakers, facilitators, resource person and dignitaries would be physically present at the physical venue of the event.

Nigerians are looking forward to the hybrid conference. NiRA would be at the event with its Accredited Registrars.

Congratulations to Nigeria at 60

On the 1st of October 2020, Nigeria celebrated its Independence Day. This year's celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee was a low key event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the enforcement of covid-19 guidelines of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by the government at all levels. Nevertheless, it was a day worth celebrating as Nigerians count the gains of democracy and chart its path for the future. Our efforts in nation-building will not be in vain. We trust in our collective efforts to lift our nation to greater heights and make progress in growing our economy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Counting on the achievements of Nigeria so far, it is evidence that our diversity is key to the progress of the Nigerian economy. Nigerians are known globally for our tenacious and determined spirit.

On the occasion of the 60th Independence celebration of Nigeria, we applaud the activities put together by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE) led by the Honourable Minister Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the Leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, approved the inclusive National Independence Celebration program. The Nigeria@60 challenge with the theme ‘Together as One’, was a huge success. This was an activity that brought Nigerians together and the efforts of the contestants were rewarded. 

I must also comment that the Nigeria@60 challenge highlighted and promoted the importance of the Nigerian Online presence and the .ng brand, our national identity in cyberspace. Those who participated in the challenge read the details of the challenge on the website https://nigeriaat60.gov.ng.  Let us continue to promote the positive image of Nigeria and Nigerians.

We encourage Nigerians and the world to register their online presence with .ng domain name(s). The uniqueness of our .ng brand brings out the creativity of individuals and enhances brand/product differentials. 

There is never a proper way to announce the departure of good staff and we must always respect the decisions of individuals. After spending some productive years working at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) has decided to resign. She would be greatly missed. We are grateful to Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim for her positive contributions to the successes at NiRA during the time she spent. We will miss her positive energy and contributions, her impact on the activities of NiRA. We are glad that she would always be available to contribute to NiRA in other capacities than as a staff member at the NiRA Secretariat. The NiRA Board of Trustees, Executive Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) thank Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim for her immense contributions at NiRA and wish her the very best in her future endeavours. This is just Adios, not Goodbye.

We are in the Month of October,  the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is observed annually and focuses on raising awareness about cybersecurity. NiRA continues to encourage all to be and keep safe on the Internet. It is our collective responsibility to build a safer and more inclusive society of Internet users.

Be safe and keep safe even whilst online!!!

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA