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A Message From The President

August 2, 2018                       Volume 6 No. 139
NiRA At NITDA.

On Wednesday 25th July 2018, I lead NiRA representatives to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on an Annual Statutory visit. This visit is in line with the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by NITDA with NiRA for the management of the .ng. The Team was received by Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the Director General of the NITDA, and the Management Team.  

The objectives of the visit included the presentation of NiRA’s 2017 Annual Report to NITDA and to give an update on NiRA’s stewardship and activities in relation to the management of the .ng ccTLD.
The meeting gave us an opportunity to reinforce the good synergy between NITDA and NiRA which has greatly contributed to the adoption of .gov.ng domains by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) which has positively impacted the growth of .ng domain registrations in recent years.

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TECH SPEAK
The NigeriaAir.ng/.com.ng Saga. Who Wins? - By Toba Obaniyi
A few days ago, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced the relaunch of a new national carrier for Nigeria, The Nigeria Air. With the announcement came the unveiling of a logo for the brand that was supposedly designed by a Bahrain company for some millions of Naira. As expected, this launch has generated some discussions online. I actually found an interesting tweet that made me look closer at the logo. It is actually not just a ribbon, but an eagle spreading its wings.

What interests me most however in this saga, is that some "sharp" guy went ahead to register nigeriaair.ng and nigeriaair.com.ng and put them up for sale! Some are saying that he is indeed smart and will make the government cough up some millions before releasing the domains since they were not smart enough to register the domain before announcing. Others have suggested that he will probably be arrested since it is a crime to register the domains. To respond, I will like to educate first.

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NEWS

2018 ICTEL EXPO
The 2018 ICTEL EXPO, a professional trade show that focuses on ICT and Telecommunication industry, commenced on Wednesday 25th July 2018 at Eko hotel & suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The conference was organized by The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI). The theme of the conference was “DEVELOPING EFFICIENCY AND COMPETITIVENESS IN THE DIGITAL AGE”. 
The conference was attended by many people in the ICT world. Barrister Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications, represented by Mrs. Monilola Udoh delivered the goodwill message. She discussed the ICT sector roadmap launch by the Ministry of Communications and encouraged all to partner with the Federal Government. She stated that the Federal Government is committed to supporting digital economy and the ICT sector in its laudable endeavor.
The 2018 ICTEL EXPO was declared opened by the President, LCCI, Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase who gave the welcome address whilst highlighting how digitalization has helped the world and how the future will be with the help of digitalization in Nigeria. ICT is an infrastructure that must be developed. He emphasized that if we must build a smarter Nigeria, stakeholders must take responsibility.

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AFRINIC Board Appointments to fill Casual Vacancies


In terms of Article 13.14 of AFRINIC Bylaws, the AFRINIC Board recently made some appointments to fill vacant seats on the Board. These appointments are namely

  • Habib Youssef to seat 1 (Northern Africa);

  • Vika William Mpisane to seat 5 (Southern Africa);

  • Dorcas Muthoni Gachari to seat 6 (Eastern Africa).

These appointments are with effect from 18th July 2018, until the next AGMM which is planned to be held in June 2019. At the time the Board made its decisions on the appointments, no candidate for Seat 2 (Western Africa) had fulfilled the requirement to provide two references from two different AFRINIC resource members in good standing. Therefore the Seat 2 (Western Africa) remains vacant for the time being.
SOURCE: Afrinic
 
DOMAIN REGISTRATIONS JANUARY TO JULY 2018
STANDARDIZATION OF GOVERNMENT EMAIL ADDRESSES
In 2017, Bashir Ahmad the Personal Assistant on New Media to President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR tweeted that the Federal Government had provided over 40,000 email addresses for Government officials, under the .gov.ng and .mil.ng domain extension. This portrays the importance of using secured closed .gov.ng domain name by Government Entities (MDAs). 

In exercise of the powers conferred on the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) by Section 6 of the NITDA Act of 2007, NITDA published the Standards and Guidelines for Government Websites which states that Government’s Email formats should be consistent and all websites/portal of Government constituents at all levels (Federal, State and Local governments) or specialized projects of government that would last for 18 months or more are required to register on .GOV.NG zone. 

For many reasons, it is important for the Government entities to use the .gov.ng or .mil.ng domain extension.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Resellers Entrepreneurship Programme

Date: Tuesday 7th August 2018
Venue: NiRA Office Complex
Registration:  http://nira.org.ng/academy/resellregister/

 

ICANN 63: Barcelona, Spain

Registration is open for the ICANN63 Annual General in Barcelona, Spain. The Public Meeting will take place from 20th to 25th October 2018 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB). Look forward to seeing you at the Annual General in Barcelona.

Online pre-registration is available for all ICANN public meetings. Register Her


Date: 29th October to 3rd November 2018

Venue: Lagos

Day 1- The 2018 Conference theme is "Internet Peering and Interconnection"  which will enable high-value engagement between policy-makers, service providers, Internet Exchange Point operators, infrastructure and data centre providers, transit providers, Research and Education Networks, technology innovators and major Internet service consumers such as higher education institutions.

Days 2 - 5 is the annual ngNOG capacity-building workshops (running in parallel tracks) for technical hands-on details with network engineers, content managers and developers

Please follow the link below to apply
http://ngnog.forum.org.ng/register.html

The ngNOG secretariat can be reached via email ngnog@forum.org.ng for further enquiries.

 

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