Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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PRESIDENT BUHARI DECLARE TECH EXPO OPEN

President Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR, ably represented by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, declared the 2021 edition of the annual Technology Expo open at Eagles Square, Abuja on Monday, 15th March 2021. The event, the 5th edition in the series, is expected to attract over 2000 exhibitors at the area, comprising mainly researchers, inventors, innovators and investors.

Prof Yemi Osinbajo read the official speech of President Mohammadu Buhari and presented his congratulatory message to the Ministry of Science and Technology and all the participants at the event. He said the Expo will showcase research and development results, products and services of inventive minds in the country. He did state that no nation in the world has ever developed without proper utilization of science and technology. For the complete speech, please read more (185) Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN at the Technology & Innovation Expo - YouTube

Dr. Ogbonnaya Ohu, the Ministry of Science and Technology, had announced over the weekend that over 2000 exhibitors were expected to participate in the Expo. The event would be beamed live on YouTube, Instagram and other social media platforms. According to him, the 2021 Science, Technology and Innovation EXPO, will help showcase and develop ideas, inventions and innovations, that will transform Nigeria’s economy to knowledge and innovation-driven one.

 The TECH EXPO which commenced on Monday 15th March 2021, will end on Friday 19th March 2021. You can follow the activities via (3) Fmst Nigeria | Facebook

PRESIDENTIAL LAUNCH OF THE NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY POLICY AND STRATEGY (NCPS)

 

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR presided over the Presidential Launch of the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) at the State House, Abuja on the 23rd February 2021. The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr. Isa Pantami attended the presidential launch at the State House, Abuja.

The National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021 will provide Nigerians with the necessary platform to effectively confront the dynamic nature of threats in Nigeria cyberspace. For more details on the National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy 2021, click on the link NCPS 2020 Secretariat Final Copy 5 feb 21 curved.cdr (cert.gov.ng)

During the launch of the NCPS 2021, the President urged the National Security Adviser to continue to coordinate the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that the Internet and Nigeria cyberspace are used for the enhancement of national security and economic progression. 

Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) had served as a stakeholder in the committee that reviewed the 2014 NCPS to produce the NCPS 2021.

As all are aware, NiRA is the Registry for .ng Internet Domain Names and maintains the database of names registered in the  .ng country code Top Level Domain. NiRA is a Not-for-Profit, Non-Governmental Self-Regulating body and managers of the .ng national resource, the country code Top Level Domain(ccTLD) namespace in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet communities.

In the interest and safety of Nigeria and Nigerian businesses NiRA encourages all Nigerians to use the .ng domain name for their websites and email addresses. The .ng domain name is the Nigerian Online Identity. For the registration of your .ng domain name, do contact any of the NiRA Accredited Registrars via the link Register.ng

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT FOR JANUARY 2021

 

 

NiRA ELECTION YEAR!

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is a not-for-profit organisation, Non-governmental, self-regulatory body established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to manage the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), the .ng ccTLD. NiRA promotes the use and growth of the Internet in Nigeria with the widespread adoption of the .ngTLD in a secure and reliable manner. NiRA is a special purpose vehicle of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). NiRA is often referenced as a successful Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

By its constitution, NiRA is governed by three structures (the General Assembly, Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of Directors).  In the past, these three structures embarked on the review of the NiRA Constitution. The constitution states how NiRA should be governed and how the people occupying the positions on the Executive Board and Board of Trustees should be elected.

By November 2020, members of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) concluded the review of its constitution. We have commenced the process of filing the updated constitution at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The new NiRA constitution would be used to conduct the elections into the vacant positions that would arise as the tenure of some NiRA Board members end on the 30th of April 2021.

The Governance Election guidelines have been developed on how the elections would be conducted. The elections would be conducted electronically. NiRA had since 2017, conducted online elections for the vacant positions. We expect the NiRA membership to vote wisely, for those who would occupy the positions on the NiRA Executive Board.

On the 9th February 2021, the world celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day. We encourage all to cultivate and maintain safe habits online. It is very essential for the safety of all. Adhere to the safety tips published by NITDA.

Also remember the guidelines as published by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). You can access these guidelines via NCDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Microsite. The second wave of COVID-19 is causing more harm than when the coronavirus was first announced in Nigeria in the year 2020. As we wait for the availability of the coronavirus vaccines, we have been told to be guided by the NCDC.

 

Please keep safe and well.

 

Muhammed Rudman

 President, NiRA

APPLY FOR ICANN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has invited interested individuals to submit applications for key leadership positions within ICANN. The selected individuals will have a unique opportunity to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe, to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development.  Those selected will contribute to ensure the Internet stable and secure operation.

There are various opportunities for interested individuals. The criteria for qualification for the position can be found via the link 2021 ICANN Nominating Committee - ICANN

Applications are to be submitted on the ICANN online candidate portal.

The applications are expected on or before 18th of March 2021 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

SOURCE: Apply Now for ICANN Leadership Positions - ICANN