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A Letter From The President

June 3, 2014                       Volume 2 No. 31
Keeping date with NIGF Youth Workshop 2014

As the countdown to the 2014 Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) continues to draw near, it’s important to emphasis the importance of the pre-event, the Youth Workshop.

Aside from the fact that the last year’s youth workshop attracted a good number of participants within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and environs, with accompanying experts selected to deliver youthful interesting papers capable of spurring student start-ups in the country and invariably decreasing the number of unemployed youths in our midst.

This year, as we have already announced on the website, the NIGF 2014 Youth Workshop comes up on Monday, June 9, with the theme “Internet Governance for Job Creation and Social Enterprise Development,” at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

While the sub-themes would focus on “Addressing Inappropriate Behavior on the Internet; Internet Access as an Economic Resource; How to Harness Social Capital through Social Media for Job Creation Using a Case Study of Co-Hub Creations.”

Chairman for Day-1 is the former Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and Internet Security Consultant, Professor Cleopas Angaye.

However, the objectives of the Youth Workshop include to consistently promote job creation opportunities for Nigerian youths through appropriate use of the Internet.

In addition, the workshop would promote Internet Security and safety among Nigerian Youths as well as engaging Nigerian youths in the Internet Governance discourse among others.

The main IGF which is on the 10th of June will see the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson leading other dignitaries to open the NIGF 2014 under the chairmanship of Mr. Austin Okere, who is the Group Managing Director/CEO, Computer Warehouse Group plc.

I enjoin you all and your friends, and all the Internet industry stakeholders to participant fully.

I look forward to seeing you at the venue.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
NIRA President

VISIT: The Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack and NIRA president, Mrs. Mary Uduma flanked by members of NITDA management and NIRA Executive Board.
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NIRA board visits new NITDA DG

In line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), NIRA was at NITDA to submit its Annual Business Plan on Friday, May 22, 2014, for filling in accordance with the NITDA 2007 Act.
     The visit aside being the first since the newly appointed Director-General and Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), Mr. Peter Jack, assumed office, it offered the Executive Board of Directors (EBOD) of NIRA led by its President, Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma, the opportunity to present its yearly report to the management of NITDA.
     She explained the importance of the visit to NITDA saying that NIRA annually gives report on the number of domain names in its pool and seek continued support and collaboration of NITDA in carrying NIRA’s mandate, which include the population of .NG country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) names.
     She also used the visit to introduce the newly appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Secretary to EBOD, Mrs. Edith Udeagu to NITDA management.
     Further, Mrs. Uduma shared optimism on the future of NIRA and domain industry in Nigeria.
     High mark of the visit was the presentation of NIRA annual report as presented at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on April 30, 2014 which offers full details of her activities in the preceding year.
     Responding, the DG of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack assured the Board of continued support of NITDA to NIRA, while urging the EBOD to endeavour to expand the revenue base of the organisation and endear .NG to Nigerians.
     He pointed that NITDA will carry NIRA along continuously in its projects, especially with the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to make certain that they imbibe the spirit of .NG as part of the strategy to increase the update and create more job opportunities for our registrars.
     He reiterated his support to work with multi-stakeholders in the Information Technology (IT) industry in the country to ensure a level playing ground for all players so as to make their businesses sustainable.
AfriNIC board election 2014 in progress

The Nominations Committee (NomCom) for the 2014 AfriNIC
board election had announced the final candidates’ slated for the Indian Ocean, Central Africa and Non-Geographical seats on the AFRINIC Board.
They also invited the public to submit comment(s) regarding the candidate's suitability or any other query on the relevant candidate pages.
For the Indian Ocean, there are three candidates namely Kris Seeburn, Subramanian Moonesamy, and Andrinirina Joël Randrianasolo, who reportedly withdrew an earlier nomination.
Contestants for the Central Africa include Antoine Joseph Junior Tonye; Bope, Domilongo Christian and Ngnoulaye Janvier.
And for the Independent cum non-geographic region, there are four contestants namely Andrew Kenningale Alston; Boubakar Barry; Hajanirina Ramboasalama; and Ilunga Kabwika Serge.
The voting pattern is such that commenced on May 27 and to last till June 5, 2014.
In addition, the Electronic Voting (eVoting) process is only available to members in good standing.
While the proxy appointment forms usage stipulates that it would be only generated from the member's MyAFRINIC portal once the e-voting platform is open.
 A member will be able to opt to either appoint a proxy, or cast an e-vote, but not both.     The African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, responsible for the distribution and management of Internet number resources such as IP addresses and ASN (Autonomous System Numbers) for the African region.
     AFRINIC’s mission is to provide professional and efficient distribution of Internet number resources to the African Internet community, to support Internet technology usage and development across the continent and to strengthen Internet self-governance in Africa by encouraging a participatory policy development.
     The allocation of the Internet address space is primarily carried out by the IANA under a contract with ICANN. IANA allocates IP address blocks to RIRs.
Upcoming Events:

Pre-ICANN 50 webinar

12, June 2014
The ICANN Policy Development Support Team will provide a Policy Update Webinar on Thursday 12 June at 10:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC
The webinar will be conducted in Adobe Connect along with a dial-in conference bridge for audio.
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Int’l Girls in ICT Day, June 19, 2014
Golden Gate, Ikoyi-Lagos

  NDS Forum on Internet Governance for
Development (IG4D)
Lagos,Thursday, June 5, 2014,
Welcome Cent
re& Hotels

Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable

Lagos, Friday, June 6, 2014,
Welcome Centre & Hotels


NIGF 2014:
Youth workshop - June 9
Main event - June 10
MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos


ICANN 50, London June 22-26 


Africa DNS Forum 2014,
Nicon Luxury, Abuja July 7-9


Africa Internet Governance Forum 2014, 
NIcon Luxury, Hotel Abuja July 10-12
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