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A Message From The President

April 26, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 132
Making the Internet secure and Safer for Nigerians

The recent Investigative journalism conducted by Punch Newspapers, and widely circulated online should be of great concern to all Nigerians. While some students are busy studying and preparing for the examinations, others simply wait and then pay for instant access to the examination questions and answers on these websites.

Consider the five sites that the Punch investigated:,,, and
These websites are all .com domains. Catching these destroyers of our education system is a tough task, as most of them register gTLD domains like .com, .co, and .biz and host them on very cheap and disposable websites outside the shores of Nigeria.
You can read the full investigative report on the Punch website at:



Email Clients in CPANEL
CPanel, the online Linux-based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website, recently announced their plan to stop shipping SquirrelMail in the near future for new installations of CPanel and their support for SquirrelMail. 
Removing SquirrelMail from webmail options leaves cPanel users with only Horde and Roundcube.
SquirrelMail has been one of the cPanel bundled webmail applications. Due to no support for the application, cPanel needed to take a decision to stop shipping SquirrelMail for new installations of cPanel & WHM and remove supports with prior versions. This decision is expected to affect many users.

Boost Your Business: NiRA Collaboration with WHOGOHOST

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) collaborated with WhoGoHost Limited (one of its registrars) and Rabbington Media to train business owners on Online Marketing. The essence of the free training was to teach business owners on how they can leverage on the advantages of the Internet to boost their businesses and give their businesses competitive edge, online using Facebook.
ICANN to Participate in the 2018 Africa Internet Summit (AIS)
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is sponsoring and participating at the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) from 29th April to 11th May 2018, in Dakar, Senegal. This annual summit is organized by the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) and the African Network Operators Group (AFNOG).
The AIS has evolved into a unique and important multi stakeholder platform for information and communication technology. The summit brings together global and regional Internet industry stakeholders – including Af* and I* organizations – for a series of seminars, workshops, tutorials, and panels.
ICANN's main activities at the AIS include  a Special Workshop for ICANN-Accredited Registrars in Africa and an ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Capacity- Building Workshop. 

The Africa Internet Summit (AIS) is an annual, regional, multi-stakeholder ICT conference. It is the pinnacle educational and business ICT event in Africa where key players in the Internet industry can interact with the global Internet community. Launched in The Gambia in 2012, the Summit consists of seminars, workshops, tutorials, conference sessions, birds-of-a-feather (BOFs), and other forums for sharing ICT knowledge within the African region.
The Summit aims to bring the ICT business and technical community in Africa together under one roof to discuss ICT issues and challenges.
The African Internet community, drawn from academia, public and private sectors, technical organisations, governmental institutions and civil society, interact on Internet issues and Internet development in general. Audience benefits from various panels of international experts who deliver insightful knowledge on ICT technologies.
The range of topics spans mobile networking, applications, cybersecurity, cyber laws, Internet governance, ICT for development, research, civil and information society issues, and African ICT success stories.
It is an open platform for everyone, a networking opportunity for all, including business and technical leaders; the Africa Internet Summit  is the place for sharing knowledge and networking within the Africa ICT community.
Read the Concept note


Date: 29th April to 4th May 2018
Venue: Dakar, Senegal

2018 Annual General Meeting
Time: 11:00am
Date: 30th April 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex, Lagos

The NiRA 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will hold at 11:00am on Monday 30th April 2018 at the NiRA Office Complex. We are ready to host NiRA Members, stakeholders and observers at the AGM, to give account of the stewardship of the NiRA Executive Board of Directors for the year 2017 and present the NiRA strategic business thrust for the year 2018.

Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme
Time: 9.00am
Date: Friday 16th May 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex, Lagos

On Wednesday, the 16th of May 2018, NiRA will be conducting another Entrepreneurship Program to educate the General Public on how to become a .ng domain name reseller. The Reseller Entrepreneurship Program is aimed at developing and training entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs about the Domain Name Industry. The training will also provide insight into the vast opportunities that exist within the Domain Name Industry. This training is conducted free annually and attendance is open to all.
The benefit of this training to the youth includes how to start and grow businesses within the Domain Name Industry with minimum capital; how to run an online business and tap from the vast opportunities in cyberspace. The training will create unique opportunities for participants to network with professionals within the Domain Name Industry.

Some NiRA Accredited Registrars would be available to enlighten participants on the nitty-gritty of Registering/selling domain names.  They will also discuss the various aspects of the reseller business.
This workshop is open to all NiRA members and the General Public. The Registration for the training is open. You can register via the registration link


Date: 25th to 28th June 2018
Venue: Panama City

6th Africa DNS Forum

Date: 3rd to 5th July 2018
Venue: Cotonou, Benin

Date: 7th July 2018
Venue: Ikeja, Lagos

NiRA would host the 2018 .ng Awards on the 6th July 2018 in Lagos. The nominations are still ongoing till Monday 30th April 2018. The voting for nominated candidates would commence in a couple of weeks after the closing of the nominations. We encourage all to participate in all the activities.

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