Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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ONGOING COVID-19 PALLIATIVES BY NIRA

Aside from visiting orphanages in Lagos during the covid-19 pandemic, the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) approved the support to its Accredited Registrars of granting credit facility to interested registrars with payment challenges. NiRA Academy also hosted several free webinars to teach people how to survive during and post the covid-19 era.

We are all aware that with the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses needed to be online, especially the small businesses. So, every act of kindness/support/business idea was appreciated by the small businesses. By supporting these small businesses, NiRA is essentially strengthening local communities, Nigerians and keeping these businesses booming within Nigeria.

NiRA sliced the price of fresh registration of non-premium .ng domain name at the second level, depending on the category of the registrar, by more than 50% to NiRA Accredited Registrars and mandated participating NiRA Accredited registrars to offer non-premium .ng domain names to registrants by slicing and capping the price for fresh registrations by about a third of the usual price. Both the Nigerian and foreign NiRA Accredited Registrars are participating in the .ng promo. The .ng promo commenced on the 24th of August 2020 and would end in November 2020.

NiRA with its accredited registrars has embarked on promotional campaigns with the offer price of non-premium .ng domain names at the second level, with advertisements on all classes of media (print media, broadcast media, outdoor (adverts on BRT buses) and on the Internet). The social media platforms are agog with the .ng promo. These promotional activities have been replicated by media practitioners across the country.

The .ng promo has heightened the awareness of the Nigerian Online Identity, the .ng brand and the registration of .ng domain names has increased. The .ng promo has provided the opportunity to reach a wider audience due to the buzz created and introduced the .ng brand to many more Nigerians. Lagosians are delighted with the reintroduction of the .ng brand adverts on the BRT buses plying the routes of Lagos.

With the advent of the covid-19 pandemic, NiRA provides palliative in the ecosystem and encourages/gets new businesses to be online. We have noticed an increased number of domains at the 2nd level, providing the opportunity to reduce the price of .ng domain names. We also have more registrars in promoting the .ng brand.

Of course, we all know that with more Nigerians registering .ng domain names and hosting their websites locally, there is a reduction in capital flight and an increase in economic empowerment of Nigerians.

We invite all to take advantage of the promo to register .ng domains.

 

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT SEPTEMBER 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

These are challenging times for many businesses. The changes were necessitated not only by the world’s responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but also because of the perception that the world may go into a recession because of the economic effects of the Pandemic. It is more important now than ever, that these businesses can continue to conduct their businesses as profitably as possible. This can be achieved by having a robust online presence. It is with great excitement that I, therefore, announce that the .ng promo, NiRA’s contribution to the successful metamorphosis of business, went live on the 24th of August 2020. The response has been inspiring and I am grateful to the NiRA Executive Board for their foresight in driving such an intervention as well as the team at the NiRA Secretariat for exceptional delivery and the NiRA Accredited Registrars for their active participation. If you are yet to take advantage of the promo, hurry now to www.register.ng for access to the participating NiRA Accredited Registrars. We are grateful to our registrars for also driving this in their campaigns. The .ng promo ends on the 20th of November 2020.

As a major player in the Nigeria Internet space, NiRA is determined to continue to contribute to its inclusiveness, safety, accessibility and security. It is in this vein that I and other members of the team will be participating as Panellists and Moderators during the NIGF2020, which will be a virtual event. As a member of the Local Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group, NiRA will also be driving the ideals of Internet Governance this year, particularly as it concerns women and the youth. The importance of this year’s core message, Inclusiveness, cannot be overemphasized. We must all join hands to change the narrative and trigger development in this area.

As we head into the final quarter of a year that has challenged us as human beings, we are hopeful for the impending triumph of the world against this deadly coronavirus and grateful for all the work that is going into the instrument of that triumph, the vaccine. All is not lost, we are grateful to those in the frontlines and continue to pray for them and their families.  Meanwhile, for the safety of all, we must continue to adhere to the non-pharmaceutical interventions as outlined by the experts.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

ICANN LAUNCHES PANDEMIC INTERNET ACCESS REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM PILOT

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced the Pandemic Internet Access Program Pilot for ICANN69, following the ICANN Board's resolution in support of the pilot program. To facilitate participation during the remote Public Meeting, the pilot program offers community members who have limited Internet capacity, financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth during ICANN69.

Reimbursement amounts of up to USD 60 will be provided to eligible applicants who purchase additional Internet bandwidth (capacity or data limits) for the duration of the month or billing cycle for October 2020. The services must be rendered by a business entity or Internet service provider, specifically for Internet or cellular data service. The provider must also provide digital or paper documentation of the upgrade costs.

Interested community members must apply in advance of ICANN69 and those who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected to participate. The application deadline is Friday, 2 October 2020 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The application is available here.

For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements, click here. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is also available here.

HONOURABLE MINISTER AND OTHER KEY INDUSTRY LEADERS TO SPEAK AT vNIGF2020

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has exposed the critical importance of digital technologies. The need to discuss “Achieving Inclusive Digital Economic Development in the Post-COVID 19 Era” as a community of Nigeria Internet Stakeholders has become necessary.

As the digital economy transmutes, there is a shift from Shaping a Resilient Internet For Societal Sustainability, to understanding the effect and impact of COVID19 on our lives/activities, especially on the Internet as it affects women and the youth.

In a statement issued by the Chair of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (NIGF-MAG), he confirmed that the 9th annual Edition of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum, organized by the NIGF-MAG will be a virtual experience and hold on 23rd and 24th September 2020.

The NIGF-MAG comprises of stakeholders from the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Internet Society Nigeria Chapter (ISOC NG), DigitalSENSE Africa Media (DSA), in partnership with other local Internet Stakeholders. Among the line-up of eminent speakers for the vNIGF 2020 is the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim [Pantami] FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, who will deliver the Keynote Address. There will also be a high-level panel discussion on the 2020 to 2030 Digital Economy Strategy.

The events on 23rd September 2020 are dedicated to the Youth and Women whilst the main event holds on 24th September 2020, when Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM will deliver the Keynote Address of the vNIGF 2020.

Many speakers have confirmed for the vNIGF2020. Following the recorded success of previous years, the vNIGF 2020 will be an interesting event, given the array of this year's line up as seen on the event website  https://2020.igf.ng

Members of the public from the Private Sector, Government, Civil Society, Intergovernmental Organisations, Academia as well as the internet end-users are encouraged to register and attend the event live on the NIGF event website https://2020.igf.ng and all NIGF social media platforms (@NigeriaIGF). Registration and attendance is free. Upon registration, participants will receive the event notifications and updates, free access to the digital edition of the event's report and more.

https://igf.ng/vnigf2020-overarching-theme-announced/