Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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NiRA Accredited Registrar at DNS Forum 2019 – 22nd to 24th July 2019 – Gaborone Botswana

REPORT OF NCS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2019 HELD IN GOMBE, GOMBE STATE ON JULY 16-18, 2019

Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) the umbrella organization for Information Technology Professionals, Industry Interest Groups and other key Stakeholders in Nigeria, held her 14th International Conference from Tuesday, 16th to Thursday, 18th, July 2019 at the International Conference Center, Bauchi Road, Gombe, Nigeria.

The conference provided opportunities for Computer Professionals to share technology ideas and experiences, showcase initiatives, examine vital issues and discuss solutions that are actionable and sustainable.
The event brought to light the efforts of the Society in Building Smart Nations and Digital Economies that could foster growth and make a difference to the lives of the people of Nigeria as she progresses in this technological era. IT professionals, interest groups and stakeholders were on hand to take part and contribute their quota at the 3-Days International Conference.

The Theme of the 2019 NCS International Conference was Smart Nations, Digital Economies and Meaningful Lives.

Sub-Themes:

  • Innovative and Disruptive Technologies in the New Economy
  • Smart Broadband, Digital infrastructure and Sharing Frameworks
  • Coding the Future of Agriculture, Health, Education and Services
  • Smart Culture, Communities and Inclusion
  • Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Future
  • Open Data, Open Government and Digital leadership
  • Women, Gender Balance and Innovation in Technology
  • Digital Law, Intellectual Property and Data Protection
  • IT in Education Policy and Management
  • Cyber Security Innovations and Opportunities
  • Smart Skills and Capabilities shaping the Digital Future
  • Economic Growth and Meaningful lives in the Digital Economy
  • Enabling the Smart Nation: Strategies and Policies
  • Education, Research and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Digital Transformation and Data Innovation

Highlights:

  • Keynotes
  • Plenary and Parallel Sessions
  • Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Platform
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Election of the Executive Council
  • Exhibition and Products Launch

Amongst dignitaries that graced the event were His Excellency Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, the Executive Governor of Gombe State and Hajiya Asma’u Inuwa Yahaya, the First Lady of Gombe State, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Bala M. Kaltungo, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, Gombe State, NiRA Board of Trustee Members (Dr. Isaac Odeyemi, Prof. Adenike Osofisan, Dr. Chris Nwannena and Mrs. Ibukun Odusote),  Fellows Nigeria Computer Society of Nigeria, and many other dignitaries from the IT industry in Nigeria. It is worthy of note that Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the Secretary of the NiRA Board of Trustees is the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

NiRA was also at the Conference alongside two of her Accredited Registrars, SmartWeb Limited and DotEngee to exhibit their products and services and showcase the .ng brand.

The NiRA exhibition stand was busy all through the event, with participants making enquiries on how to register .ng domain names, how to become .ng Accredited Registrars/Resellers and how to become NiRA members. NiRA membership application forms were also available.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society held on the 3rd July 2019 on the final day of the conference, which was also the closing day for the conference.

Elections into various positions of the NCS Executive Council held immediately after the AGM. At the end of the keenly contested election for the position of the NCS President, Professor Adesina Sodiya FNCS, emerged as the winner and stands elected President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS). We congratulate Prof Sodiya and wish him success in his new role.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: 2019 INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPO (ICTEL EXPO)

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) hosted the fifth edition of its flagship event, ICTEL EXPO 2019 at the Landmark Event Centre on the 16th and 17th of July 2019. The Expo was organised under the theme: ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution: The Nigerian Story’, which is apt and important for this digital era.

The President of LCCI, Mr Babatunde Paul Ruwase, in his welcome address took the audience on a short journey, relating what the Fourth Industrial Revolution brings and how Nigeria can take advantage of it. Mr Babatunde began by reminding the audience on the discovery that the “fourth industrial revolution (4IR) connotes the fourth major industrial era since the initial Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century. This he stated, is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems.

The Keynote address was delivered by the Entrepreneurship Programme Manager, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Mr Uwem Uwemakpan. Mr Uwemakpan took the audience down memory lane, showing what each previous industrial revolution brought with it and revealed that, sadly, Nigeria was lagging behind and needed to catch up with the present industrial revolution. He shared that Nigeria can only catch up in the fourth industrial revolution through Innovation, and innovation can only be through entrepreneurship. This innovation, he continued, should affect every area like the financial, health, and other sectors of the economic industry.

In attendance at the event were dignitaries from various industries including representatives of the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA). The event concluded on a high note as speaking sessions explored and explained how technology is disrupting and improving different industries like education, finance, health, agriculture and governance.

NIGERIA INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM 2019

On 11th July 2019, stakeholders from the Nigeria Internet ecosystem convened at Muson Center, Lagos for the annual Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) themed, “Enabling Digital Commonwealth for Development”.

The event commenced with opening remarks by the President of Internet Society Nigeria Chapter (ISOC NG), Mr. Dewole Ajao and was followed by a welcome address by the NIGF Coordinator, Mrs. Mary Uduma. Mrs. Uduma spoke on the need to have all voices audible for leveraging the resources provided by the Internet and ICT in developing our country’s economy. Among the lineup of prestigious individuals invited to share goodwill messages was the Vice President of the Nigeria Internet Registry Association (NIRA), Mr. Toba Obaniyi who appreciated NIGF for organizing the forum and encouraged the Government to continuously empower the youth. Representatives from organizations such as the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), West and Central Africa Research and Education Network (WACREN) and Paradigm Initiative also delivered goodwill messages at the event.

In a theme paper presented by the Chairman of the event, Akinwale Akinbade, he explained how digital commonwealth is at the forefront of platform technology and emphasized the need for all stakeholders to think about how we could:

  • Manage the collection and use of private data
  • Prevent online monopoly
  • Make public sector data more available and accessible to citizens
  • Promote the integration of online platforms and services
  • Foster innovation online

The highlight of the event was the breakout session which saw the participants separate into workshops to discuss and make recommendations regarding six core areas of internet governance: Access, Inclusion and Diversity, Internet Economy, Cybersecurity & Trust, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Critical Internet Resource and Emerging Issues. At the end of the breakout sessions, the outcomes and recommendations from each of the workshops were presented to all the event participants by a volunteer representative from each workshop.

The NIGF was preceded by the first Nigerian School of Internet Governance, so certificates of participation were issued to the participants from the school, during NIGF. The school also presented  awards in appreciation for the support she received from her sponsors.

The event concluded with a wrap-up session by Mr Dewole Ajao. He summarized all the recommendations received from the various workshops and encouraged the conversations to continue in each of the internet interest groups represented.

The vote of thanks was given by the President NiRA, Mr Muhammed Rudman. He thanked all the sponsors and participants, while reiterating the importance of the event.

,ng Domain Name Report July 2019