Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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TAKING A BOW, WITH A HEART FULL OF THANKS

It seems just like yesterday that I was given the onerous task of steering the ship of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association. It has been an eventful four years for us. We have witnessed tremendous growth and very productive engagement across the industry. It is time to take a bow and pass the baton.

The journey would not have been possible without the foundational trust of the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) who signed the MOU, tasking NiRA with this patriotic assignment. I enjoyed the support of the DG/CEO, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami and his management team, during my tenure and for this, I remain grateful. I sincerely appreciate the support of Prof. Umar Danbatta, the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

I thank my immediate Past President, Mrs Mary Uduma for a sustained legacy and being a worthy predecessor. She is a bundle of energy and ideas. I am very grateful to the entire membership who elected me to continue from where she stopped.

I am but one man, but with the support of my able Vice President  - Mr Muhammed Rudman, and the entire Board of Directors, we were able to get a lot of work done. We met face-to-face and online as many times as we needed to and not once did anyone I called to do more, fail to rise up to the occasion. I thank you all.

I am grateful for the Board of Trustees, led by Deacon Chima Onyekwere, for their contributions to the growth of NiRA during my tenure. The opportunities to glean from the combined experiences of its members were many and they were very forthcoming in their support for the growth of the organization.

The Accredited Registrars of NiRA are the eyes and ears of the organization in the market, sustaining the close engagement with the Registrants. I do appreciate how they have supported “one of their own” as we forged ahead with the various policies and frameworks to enable business for all Registrars.  NIRA is not there yet, but with even better efficiency of systems within, the .ng Registry is surely headed for great success.

I thank the Staff, under the leadership of the Executive Secretary, Edith Udeagu for their unflinching loyalty and support for my entire tenure. If I have seen far, it is because I am standing on the shoulders of giants. I am grateful to you all.

As I take my seat in the General Assembly in a few days, please let us support the new leadership.  I wish the incoming President and the Board  of this great organization all the best and look forward to NIRA achieving greater successes in the coming years.

 

Imeela, Nagode, Modupe!

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

Taking the last lap with ease!

With just three weeks to the end of my tenure, I have started to take stock of my tenure as President.  I am excited by the prospects of leaving a NIRA stronger and better than it was, when I assumed office at the end of April 2015. I am glad that the journey was made more interesting and fulfilling by the Board Members and other stakeholders, with whom we worked in the last four years. I am so proud of the efforts that we all put in to strengthen our beloved organization.

The last four years have seen NiRA engage fruitfully with the various stakeholders and interest groups within the Internet ecosystem, both Nationally and on the global stage. The recognition of NiRA and its vantage position as a key driver of internet growth in the country makes it strategic. It is important for us as an Association therefore to make sure we continue to partner with diverse organizations across the internet space within and outside the country.

NiRA has also successfully hosted and participated in many events in the last four years, sometimes taking the center stage. These outings did further cement our footprints on the National and global IT map. It has been a very great honour to have spoken on behalf of our great association - NiRA on numerous platforms, “preaching” the .ng gospel.

We have twice successfully auctioned some premium domain names, using twitter as a platform, and the stage is set for a regular auction from the pool of reserved but desirable names.

As an evolving organization, NiRA has become more stable. The secretariat is running very many planned programmes and activities, consistently encouraging the uptake of .ng domains. NiRA Academy; the Association’s Capacity-building Special Purpose Vehicle; has also risen to take a vantage position. It now runs numerous courses every year and just the other week, hosted a DNSSEC workshop in conjunction with the Network Start-up Resource Center (NSRC) of the University of Oregon, USA.

The Association has equally achieved financial stability, in the last few years, with a number of investments and reserve to boot. These all are assurances that I will be leaving a sustainable organization behind as I take a bow and become a floor member of the organization, bringing my wealth of experience to bear as a member of the General Assembly of our dear organization.

Together with the Board, We have consistently pushed to strengthen the NIRA Secretariat and various conversations are ongoing to that effect, because the organization continues to evolve.

I am very confident that NiRA will continue its steady march to be the best ccTLD in the world.

 

I remain your President, 

 

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board

NextGen@ICANN

The ICANN organization is looking for the next generation of individuals who are interested in becoming actively engaged in their regional communities and in shaping the future of global Internet policy. Attending an ICANN Public Meeting as a NextGen@ICANN participant could be the place to start! Through the NextGen program, ICANN provides coaching and travel assistance to students from the regions where the ICANN meeting is taking place.

To be a prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN program, click on the link for more details https://www.icann.org/public-responsibility-support/nextgen

 

Post-ICANN64 Policy Report Published

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87TH TELECOM CONSUMER PARLIAMENT REPORT

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) team attended the just concluded 87th Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) hosted by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria on Monday 1st April 2019 with the theme “Challenges of Cybercrime: The Roles of Telecom Service Providers”

Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, NCC Director Consumer Affairs Bureau who delivered the welcome address stated that the TCP provides high level engagement and interaction with consumers, service providers, regulators and other stakeholders in the Telecommunications Industry. She said that the event brings to the front burner the problem of cybercrime which is currently bedeviling the Industry. As access to high speed broadband is aiding Nigerians to achieve more efficiency in their daily activities, cyber criminals, cyber hackers or cyber fraudsters are busy deploying all means necessary to defraud genuine Internet users. The issue of cybercrime is a global phenomenon which causes countries and organisations huge losses on an annual basis. She encouraged the stakeholders to contribute to the discussions of tackling cybercrime in Nigeria.

In his Opening remark, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta said that the Commission would soon go live with its National Cyber Security Incidence Response Team (C-SIRT), designed to secure the telecoms cyberspace.  C-SIRT is not a group of human beings but rather a network of computers assembled to monitor issues of cybersecurity on the telecoms network. However, the lab for the C-SIRT has been setup and the equipment have been supplied, so what remains now is the configuration.

Dr. Greg Ezeilo gave a paper presentation on “The Challenges of Cybercrime: The Roles of Telecom Service Providers”. During his presentation, he highlighted the roles of Telecom Service Providers to include:

  • Information preservation: this is key to tracking a criminal. Data must be available to help catch cybercriminals.
  • Support – the telecoms companies must avail themselves to support law enforcement and all those who are charged with the duty and responsibility of tracking the criminal. They should cease all services that is rendered to the criminals
  • Reporting – they have a role to report cybercrime threats to Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (NGCERT) in cases of intrusions and attacks, on the cyberspace.
  • Interception of Electronic Communication – this is a double-edged sword because if not careful one might infringe on privacy laws. It is a role that Telecoms companies must play with strict caution. Releasing sensitive information should be done only for the purpose of cybercrime. A court warrant is required for security agencies to perform this function.

He also noted that there are stringent penalties for violation of these laws pursuant to the Cybercrime Act of 2015.

There was a panel discussion between the Telecoms Operators and NCC (the regulator), with input from various stakeholders of the industry, aimed at proffering solutions to the challenges of cybercrime. At the end of the discussions, the following resolutions were adopted:

  • NCC and Service Providers should contribute to sensitize Nigerians with Pidgin English and other local languages including different dialects;
  • Service Providers should educate subscribers about cybercrime during the sim registration process;
  • Service Providers should educate subscribers about cybercrime through the end of call notifications on their phone;
  • Service Providers should endeavor to implement KYC procedures on their subscribers in order to maintain a stronger and more credible database
  • The EVC reiterated the need for Service Providers to install cybersecurity firewalls on their various networks;
  • There is need for all-inclusiveness in developing the National Cybersecurity Strategy

 

The program came to an end with a vote of thanks given by Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB), Nigerian Communications Commissions.