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A Message From The President

       April  16, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 53
Commissioning of NiRA Office Complex

 
History beckons as NIRA commissions her Office Complex on Friday, 17th April 2015 at No 8 Funsho Willaims Avenue, Iponri, Suru-Lere, Lagos. The Office Complex would be officially unveiled by the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology Dr. (Mrs) Omobola Johnson, with Mr. Peter Jack, the Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as the Chief Host, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah in attendance and some other dignitaries in the industry to grace the occasion.

For us at NIRA it’s a dream come true, looking back from our humble beginning, when we started from nothing, our sustainance then was out of the goodwill of our stakeholders, people of like interests/mind in the DNS industry as well as some members of the Association. NiRA’s office was a single room in a residential apartment in Suru-Lere, Lagos before NITDA gave us an office space at Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
 
The success of NIRA cannot be complete, without appreciating our supervising Government Agencies; Ministry of Communication Technology (COMTECH), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), our stakeholders such Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN), Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) and other ICT stakeholders.

I would also seize this moment to appreciate and thank our Board of Trustees, my colleagues on the Executive Board of Directors, staff of NiRA, our Accredited Registrars, Registrants, members of the Association and the public for their immense contributions. My joy is that history will not forget us because victory is ours and all acheivements of NiRA are for the development of our nation Nigeria.
God bless us all, God bless NIRA and God bless Nigeria. Amen

 
Mrs. Mary Nma Uduma
President
News!  News!!  News!!!
2015 NiDICT Conference

The Nigeria in Diaspora Information Communication Technology (NiDICT) Conference is slated to hold 12th & 13th May 2015 at Washington DC. The theme of the event is “Leveraging on Diaspora Skills-Pool for Nigeria’s Transformation”.  His Excellency (Prof.) Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America will be the Chief Host of the conference. NiDICT is riding on the back of the successful hosting of NiDICT 2014, which provided Nigerians with specialized skills in ICT and enthusiasm of their home country to rally round to proffer solutions for Nigeria.
Over 200 delegates are expected to attend the 2015 NiDICT event, with confirmed speakers/attendance. It is reported that His Excellency Chief Ojo Madueke (CFR), Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Honourable Habib Baba Habu OON, the Consul General, Consultate General of Nigeria, New York, USA, Mr. Peter Jack, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would be amongst numerous others in attendance.
The NiDICT conference, promoted by Pinnacle International Consulting LLC and Knowhow Media International – KML, is a gathering of major ICT stakeholders from Nigeria, USA and Canada. The conference aims to explore opportunities, foster trust and build partnership in the ever growing ICT sector. Decision makers in government, private sector entrepreneurs, professional associations, angel investors and leading lights in ICT will gather to provide and share insight on business, technology and development of the industry in Nigeria.
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ICANN Next Generation Community Members
The ICANN Fellowship program is part of the work of ICANN’s Development and Public Responsibility Department, which seeks to create a broader and more regionally diverse base of knowledgeable constituents by reaching out to less developed regions of the world. Participation in the program at an ICANN Meeting facilitates understanding of the many pieces and parts of ICANN and also provides opportunities to network and promote interaction with staff and community leaders. This program supports the next generation of community members.
To qualify, applicants must be citizens of economically eligible countries as listed in the World Bank classification of low, lower-middle and upper-middle economies, along with three (3) UN groupings of developing and least developed nations. The individuals, with diverse backgrounds (government, ICANN community, civil society, academic, technical, commercial and non-commercial sectors), must either be new to ICANN environment or familiar with ICANN but yet to attend a face-face meeting.
The platform for application, Online Application remains open until 15th May 2015 and successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website by 10th July 2015.

2015 NIRA Membership Dues
Do please recall NiRA membership criteria. Link Here
As 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
or
Bank Name: Access Bank Plc
Account Name: Nigeria Internet Registration Association                    
Account Number: 0018264418
Branch: Matori Lagos Branch  
For further inquiries, including knowing your financial status, please, send an email to:  membershipservices@nira.org.ng
UPCOMING EVENTS

NIRA AGM
Date: 30th April 2015
Venue: NiRA Office Complex,
8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Suru-lere, Lagos.

NiDICT 2015

Washington DC,
Thursday 14th - 15th May 2015
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Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2015

24th May to 5th June 2015 - Tunisia
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WSIS Forum 2015
25-29 May 2015, ​Geneva, Switzerland
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Advanced Registry Operators Course And Africa Internet Summit

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