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A Message From The President

September 3, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 63

Securing our Future by Securing Nigeria; Make the Net safe, build the People’s skills

The Technology Times Group hosted another edition of their “Technology Times Outlook” on the 21st August, 2015. The series is aimed at encouraging discourse on topical issues in the Technology space in Nigeria. This year’s “Outlook” was titled “Review of the Cybercrime Act 2015”. The Nigeria Cybercrimes Act 2015 is the first statutory instrument in the country that criminalizes certain online actions, prescribing punishment and creating legal procedures for the investigation, protection and enforcement. The Attorney General (AG) now has the mandate to issue regulatory statements over cybercrime and cybersecurity. The goal of the event was to review the Act and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Act. Whereas I am delighted that we now have a law, it can be enhanced and improved. I must commend the keynote speaker, Mr. Basil Udotai, Managing Partner, Technology Advisor and the Pioneer Director and Head of the Directorate for Cybersecurity (DfC) at the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), who did a good job reviewing the law, in my own estimation. The other discussants also added value to the discourse. Kudos to them all, for a job well done.

NiRA’s quest to improve and further deepen the DNS Industry is being demonstrated with its activities in the last two weeks, with the launch of the first training programme of NiRA Academy (DNS Centre of Excellence).  The NiRA Academy is charged with the mandate, derived from National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to develop the Domain Name Industry in Nigeria, Africa and the world as a whole. We conducted Registrars Technical training for NiRA Accredited Registrars and other applicants. The training was held on 31st August and 1st September 2015 at the NiRA House. This training featured sessions on Domain Name Business, NiRA Policies, as well as Technical Sessions. There were Twenty Two (22) participants from within and outside Lagos. I thank the organizations who sponsored the PIONEER participants at the first outing of the NiRA Academy. I appreciate the facilitators for their spirited and unalloyed dedication to the programme as we jointly bridge the knowledge gap in the DNS Industry. The next training would be on Website Hosting, further information on this would be communicated as soon arrangements are concluded.

Last week, the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) celebrated its 20 years anniversary at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi, Lagos State. The anniversary celebration coincided with its Annual Conference and Exhibition (2015 Edition). The Theme of the event was “Internet Penetration: The Way Forward” with focus on the development of the broadband technology in Nigeria. Eminent speakers spoke on how to increase Internet penetration in Nigeria. NiRA participated at the Conference and Exhibition. We again congratulate and wish NIG more successes in the years to come.
In the coming weeks, we will commence series of awareness campaigns to bring NiRA to the consciousness of Nigerians. That is another way we can further increase the uptake of the .ng brand.
Thank you for actively playing your own part!


Your President,

Rev. Sunday Folayan



The Internet is a very exciting place for the youths, including children. They pick up skills and information easily online. With each visit to a website, they are interacting with the largest distributed database in the world. This massive database is collectively known as the Domain Name System (DNS). Without it, the Internet as we know it would be unable to function. The Internet is part of our everyday lives. The Internet provides opportunities, serves as a channel for Children’s Education, a fun place to interact with the world, endless possibilities in socialising, creativity, self-expression and most importantly learning.

Unfortunately some individuals and Organisations take advantage of the relative freedom the Internet provides. With this freedom, comes the possibility of irresponsible and inappropriate use of the Internet that can often put children and youths at risk. Without proper precaution, the Internet quickly exposes the young ones to vulgar words, sexual/explicit materials, cyberbullying, graphics violence and predators that search chat rooms for innocent preys.

NiRA operations are guided by polices that relate with our Cultural values. For instance, NiRA does not allow profane words, certain obscene words and vulgar words for .ng domain name registration. NiRA also maintains closed domains for some of its .ng extensions (zones) e.g.,,,, Registration under these closed zones must be verified before the registration can be done.
In addition to the above, we all have responsibilities. Some are listed below:

There are wide ranges of tools that can help parents and guardians protect their wards from Internet abuse and abusers. Note that excluding children from the Internet because of the crimes committed online might end up depriving them from an extraordinary source of information, experience and self-improvement. There are some basic precautions that are needed, when introducing a child to the Internet. These include:

  • Encouraging them to visit more of sites which combine Education with Entertainment (Edutainment) content.
  • Monitoring the domain names and sites their wards visit
  • Coaching the children about personal safety and give the children opportunities to express the safety codes in their own words
  • Introducing the children to websites that encourage learning e.g, a website that allows children and youths find out information about schools.
Children and young people may use the Internet in a variety of ways, including;
  • Education/Research: schools are using websites to manage homework, and support study. Children and young people can also use other public sites such as google scholar and for research and learning.
  • Chat and Instant Messaging: Instant messaging (IM) technologies often include features that make them even more popular such as having the ability to talk directly for free, to share files.
  • Social Networking: Social Networking websites help connect friends. Well known sites include Bebo, MySpace, Facebook and LiveJournal, which have regulations about age for access. In addition sites such as Twitter offer information networking.  Children can also create groups on social media for team work. However, parents are advised to guide children in the use of social networking sites.
  • Gaming Video: Games are amongst the most popular leisure pursuits for young people. These include Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPGs) which involve a large number of players interacting with one another in a virtual online world. These games often have sci-fi/fantasy theme. Other sites, such as Moshi Monsters or Club Penguin are aimed at younger children and have social networking element.

It is evident that we can hardly do without the Internet. It has become part of our daily lifes. But one thing we need to always have in our minds as we browse the Net is that, it is our collective responsibility to make it a better place. Help the kids and secure our future!


Afrinic Fellowships for AFRINIC-23 is Open

The Call for Fellowships for the AFRINIC-23 meeting is open. The call for fellowship ends on the 26th September 2015. The meeting will hold from 28th November to 4th December 2015 in Pointe Noire, Congo. The AFRINIC Fellowships are reserved for individuals representing organisations, universities, and media, who are actively involved in Internet operations, Internet development, or ICT policies in their countries. Selected candidates, who may not be AFRINIC members, are expected to actively contribute to IP address management awareness in the AFRINIC service region. The selection criteria as stated by AFRINIC include that beneficiary:

  • Must be a resident of an African nation
  • Should have a technical (IT, Computer Science) background
  • Must not have benefited from previous AFRINIC fellowships
  • Must be willing to report on how the Fellowship benefited their organization/country within an agreed time-frame.

There would be public announcement of the Fellowship awardees on the 21st October 2015, after the acceptance of the selected candidates has been received.  Interested qualified candidates should fill in the Fellowship application form on AFRINIC website
before 27th September 2015.


Domain Name Report – January to August 2015
Overall, there was a slight decrease in the total number of domain name registration and renewal in August 2015, with significant increase at the second level domain name registration. From January to August 2015, 9,883 domain names were renewed and a total of 14,216 new domain names registered. It is worthy to note that from January to August 2015, the total number of domain names was 24,099, inclusive of new registrations and renewals at both second and third levels, compared to 20,931 as at July 2015.


From January to August 2014, we had 12,513 new registrations and 8,246 renewals. So for the period January to August 2014, there were 20,759 registrations and renewals.
Comparing same period in 2014 and 2015, there are more domain name activities in 2015. This increase can be attributed to greater awareness and understanding of the benefits to be derived from the .ng brand name. Nigerians have continued to appreciate the .ng brand.

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NiRA Resource Centre Attractions

The Training Hall, Conference Room and Cafeteria at NiRA, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos, are available for hire to NiRA Stakeholders and members for corporate events in the Domain Name System Industry, training, board meetings, business breakfast, business luncheon and related business fora in the Domain Name Business.
The Training Hall has the capacity to seat 100 persons and the promo rental fee is N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from 8am to 5pm.
The Conference Room has capacity to accommodate 30 persons and the promo rental fee is N30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand Naira Only) from 8am to 5pm.
The Cafeteria is available only to those hosting approved functions.
The promo which started from 1st May 2015 would last until 31st October 2015.
Terms and Conditions apply. For more details, please call +234(0) 700 CALL-NIRA and +234(0)8172004272. Email: and



Initial Registry Operators Course

Date: 14th to 18th September, 2015
Venue: Bujumbura, Burundi


NiRA Registrars Forum

Date: 18th September 2015
Venue: NiRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, S/L, Lagos

Date: 10th to 13th November 2015
 Venue: João Pessoa, Brazil

GITEX 2015

Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Date: 18th to 22nd October 2015

ICANN Meeting 54

Date: 18th to 22nd October 2015
Venue: The Convention Centre Dublin
Spencer Dock
North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
eNigeria 2015
Date: 17th to 19th November 2015
Venue: International Conference Centre, Abuja. Nigeria


Date: 28 November to 4 December 2015
Venue: Hotel Azur Le Gilbert's, Pointe Noire, Congo.
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