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A Message From The President

February 4, 2015                       Volume 4 No. 74

Information Communications Technology - Hope for our Oil-dependent Economy

 The Communications Minister, Barr. Adebayo Shittu hosted ICT stakeholders at a maiden Ministerial two-day retreat between the 22nd and 23rd of January, 2016 at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State. The retreat theme was: “Repositioning the Nigeria Communication sector as the key driver of the Nigeria economy”.  The retreat was officially declared open by His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Executive Governor of Oyo State.  In attendance were notable stakeholders/personalities in the ICT Industry. I attended, in the company of some Executive Board members and the Senior Secretariat Staff. 

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As at the end of 2015, the worldwide domain name registrations (domain count) was over 294 million. Acquiring a domain name is like leasing a plot of land in the cyber space. The rule is that you must renew the ground rent every year. The purpose of this lease payment is to maintain the various physical, management and governance infrastructures of the Domain Name ecosystem.




In the January 2015, we had 1,542 new domain registrations, 1,029 renewals and 41 transfers. In January 2016, we have 2,203 new domain registrations, 1,375 domain renewals and 80 transfers. This is a good start for the year, building on the previous year’s foundation, to buttress the point that the awareness and appreciation of .ng is on the increase. There are more companies advertising their .ng domain names. This is good. The graph and table below indicates the domain name registrations and renewals for January 2016. 

Fellowship and NextGen@ICANN Applications Open for ICANN56
lCANN has launched the applications for both the NextGen@ICANN and Fellowship Programs at ICANN56, which would hold in Panama City, Panama in June 2016. This opportunity remains open until 19 February 2016 and successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website by the 25th of March 2016. Only those who had participated in at least one ICANN Fellowship can apply. This is as a result of the focus at the event, which would be on policy making and ongoing work within the ICANN Communities. Therefore only those Alumni of the Program who are currently actively engaged in one of the ICANN Multi-stakeholder Model Communities are eligible to participate.
The ICANN Fellowship program seeks participants from developing countries of the world. This is so as to help create a broader base of knowledgeable constituents to engage in the Multi-stakeholder process and become the new voice of experience in their regions and beyond. Find out more about applying to the Fellowship »
The NextGen@ICANN program remains an education and awareness based experience, designed for a smaller, younger, and more region-specific group of participants. Find out more about applying to the NextGen@ICANN Program »


Africa Do main Name System Forum 2016

Date: 4th to 6th March 2016
Venue: Palmeraie Conference Center
Circuit de la Palmeraie BP 1488 40000 Marrakech, Morocco

NiRA Youth Empowerment Programme

Date: 19th March 2016
Venue: Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos

ICANN55 | Marrakech

Date: 5th to 10th March 2016
Venue: Palmeraie Conference Center
Circuit de la Palmeraie BP 1488 40000
Marrakech, Morocco.

Africa Internet Summit 2016 (Workshop and Meetings)

Date: 29th May to 10th June 2016
Venue: Gaborone, Botswana

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