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A Message From The President

       March 5, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 50
Count down to 7th NIRA Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is around the corner. We have commenced preparations and activities for the NIRA 7th AGM as the notice was circulated to the public by the NiRA Secretariat. The Executive Board of Directors has approved the AGM will hold on the 30th of April 2015.

I have no doubt that this year’s AGM will be very interesting, it’s our election year. There are four posts that the occupants’ tenures would be over on the day of the AGM; the posts of President, Vice-President and those of two Executive Board of Directors. Nominations for these soon-to-be vacant positions would be accepted on-line. You would need to visit NiRA website Financial members are expected to nominate candidates for these to be declared vacant positions. Nominations would not be accepted on the floor of the AGM that day. There would be physical voting and counting of votes. These are interesting times. 

The AGM would hold at “NIRA HOUSE” located at 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Suru-lere, Lagos State, Nigeria. The building “NIRA HOUSE” was a stakeholders’ effort to take NIRA to greater heights. The building was purchased and renovated from the proceeds of premium domain name sales. We cease this opportunity to thank everyone that has contributed to the growth of NiRA, your support and contributions are highly appreciated.

Also, as part of the efforts to lift NiRA to greater heights, increase the awareness of .ng domain names and educate/enlighten the public, the Communication & Publicity Committee at NiRA, on the 5th of March 2015, hosted the Gentlemen of the press to a “ONE-DAY MEDIA COLLEGE ON .NG”. The theme of the event is “Effective Reporting of Domain Name Industry in Nigeria. The invitation was thrown open to the Gentlemen of the Press. The Resources were drawn from both in-house and practitioners in the industry

The idea of the NIRA MEDIA COLLEGE was conceived to continuously empower and update media practitioners in the country on the Domain Name System (DNS) industry. You can see the media college website for more information of the NIRA Media College:

We anticipate very interesting, engaging and educative event with our media partners.

Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
News!  News!!  News!!!
NIGCOMSAT to be privatized by 2017
The Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson at the 4th Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Stakeholders Forum held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island discussed the pivotal role of Information and Communications Technology, ICT in the national development agenda of Nigeria.

 The Minister of Communications Technology presented her Ministry’s scorecard (2011-2014) and disclosed that the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) is to be privatized within the next two to three years to make it more effective and to deliver on the purpose for which it was established.

NIGCOMSAT is being repositioned for greater profitability before privatisation. The Minister mentioned that ongoing projects are being designed to increase revenue from the lease of KA transponders planned for the first quarter of 2015. Currently, NIGCOMSAT has a total of 40 transponders which comprises 14 active KU Band, two (2) redundant transponders, eight (8) active KA Band and four (4) redundant transponders, Four (4)  active C-Band and two (2) redundant transponders, Two active L Band and two (2) redundant transponders.

She reported that NIGCOMSAT-1R has increased its commercial value through the generation of revenue for government investment by including leasing of 5KUtransponders, C-Band, Broadband sale and leasing of Direct to Homes (DTH) platform to private strategic partners, stressing that ongoing projects are being designed to increase revenue from the lease of KA transponders planned for the first quarter of 2015.
The Honourable Minister pointed out that NIGCOMSAT, as a revenue asset, generated N3,654,955.04 in 2012; it raked in N263,753,354.34 in 2013 and N648,866,688.00 in 2014.
According to the Honourable Minister, “NIGCOMSAT compliments the Fibre/Terrestrial Networks for the deployment of broadband networks in the rural areas and in other sectors including security, health, agriculture, and other applications with wide ranging geographical distribution”.
“NIGCOMSAT is collaborating on Public Access Venues (PAV) deployment projects with other agencies of the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology”.
2015 NIRA Membership Dues
Do please recall NiRA membership criteria. Link HereAs a member, your financial obligations to the Association is due by 1st January of every financial year. Members are encouraged to pay their dues, including all previous outstanding membership dues. Remember only financial members are eligible to vote or be voted for, or nominate, and be nominated, by the provisions of the NIRA Constitution.Individual membership due is N5,000.00 per annum whilst corporate membership fees is N10,000.00. Prompt payment would be appreciated to enable update of membership records before the AGM, planned for April 2015.
Bank details and other details can be obtained below:

Individual Membership: N5,000
Corporate Membership: N10,000.

Kindly, make payments directly to either our Zenith Bank Plc account or Access Bank Plc  . The account details are as follows:

Bank Name:                     Zenith Bank PLC
Account Name: Nigeria Internet Registration Association
Account number: 1012560346
Branch: Electronic Market Branch Onitsha
Bank Name: Access Bank Plc
Account Name: Nigeria Internet Registration Association                    
Account Number: 0018264418
Branch: Matori Lagos Branch  
Domain Name Report – January to February 2015
The registration of .ng domain names is gradually progressing this year. From available figures, there were fewer registrations in February 2015 than in January 2015.  We can attribute the difference to the number of days in the months, January having 31 days and February with just 28 days in a month. With increased public interest, greater awareness drive and some outlined outreach programmes, Nigeria is positioned for growth in this business this year. There is no doubt that the numbers will increase drastically this year. 

Middle East DNS Forum

Date:9th to 10th March 2015
Venue: Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAG-Uni), Amman, Jordan

Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2015

24th May to 5th June 2015 - Tunisia

WSIS Forum 2015
25-29 May 2015, ​Geneva, Switzerland

Advanced Registry Operators Course And Africa Internet Summit

 Date: 25th May – 5th June 2015
Venue: Tunis, Tunisia

21st to 25th June 2015


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