President Speech

Muhammed Rudman

The year 2022 has been a very successful year for us at .ng, and we are proud to tell you all about it in this edition. It has been a particularly eventful year, with NiRA supporting over 12 organisations to deliver on their programs, as a way of bringing .ng top of the mind with regard to domain name choices. We have also been active and visible within various national, regional, and global organisations such as Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD), Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), just to mention a few. We were opportune to host the 2022 Nigeria Internet Governance Forum in our position as the current Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG).
We have explored new collaborations, strengthened the relationships, with our esteemed Registrars and seen the resultant improvement in the perception of .ng in the market measured by an increase in its adoption. We are very excited about what 2023 has in store for us, having seen the impact of our activities in 2022 on the growth of the .ng domain. Our core operational objective remains to promote the stability, security, and reliability of the .ng domain name. To achieve this, we keep abreast of the latest developments in the global domain name ecosystem by engaging with stakeholders from various sectors across Africa and the world. The onus lies on us to continuously improve on our results and surpass our own expectations.

As the year draws to an end, there is a focus on family and the values which hold us together as a nation. I believe that everyone has now begun the process of winding down and the plans to spend quality time with friends and family are in full swing. As part of activities to close the year, NiRA hosted her Accredited Registrars to an in-person forum in recognition of their contributions to our success in 2022. Some of the pictures are shared in this newsletter.
The NiRA Executive Board also took time out for its annual retreat which was held at the Inagbe Grand Resort on the beautiful Snake Island just off the coast of Lagos. It was a productive time reviewing the outcome of 2022 and building the plans for 2023 in the most conducive atmosphere. Staff and Board members not only worked on the various aspects of the 2023 plan but also had some quality bonding time. Some of the good pictures are also shared with you in this edition.
Finally, we wish everyone a safe trip if they do travel, and a restful time with family as we look forward to a great year ahead for all!

Warm Regards,
Muhammad Rudman, President NiRA.

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