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A Message From The President

        June  25, 2015                       Volume 3 No. 58
From City to City, Rolls the NiRA Train

In line with NIRA’s statutory obligation to make yearly presentation of its activities to the Management of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), I led NIRA’s Executive Board of Directors to Abuja on Thursday, 18th June 2015, to make the presentation to NITDA. Our team was warmly received by the Director General of  NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack and his Management Team. We discussed the various income generation strategies for NiRA, the summary of 2014 activities, partnership programmes with NITDA and our 2015 Business Plan. The DG commented on the role that the Proposed NiRA Academy (for capacity building to deepen the DNS Industry), can play in the various NITDA responsibilities/mandate. There is dearth of skills in the DNS Industry and the NiRA Academy will fill that gap, by creating job opportunities as a result of direct empowerment. I want to thank the DG and the Management of NITDA for their sustained support to NIRA all these years.

Yours truly was also present at the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) with some members of the NiRA Executive Board on the 18th and 19th June 2015 for the WAIGF-2015. It was a well-attended forum, where the Internet Governance Initiatives of ten (10) ECOWAS countries were presented and discussed. We had in attendance representation from Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, all member countries of ECOWAS. Other participants include partners such as the ECOWAS Commission, ICANN, AFRINIC, ISOC, The World Wide Web Foundation and FOSSFA. The theme was “Internet: A Freedom For All”. The Forum discussed and agreed on the “Internet and Human Rights”, “Universal Access”, “Internet for Economic Development” as well as “Surveillance and Online Privacy”.
 
Your Association continues to take every opportunity to create awareness of the .ng brand. I was a guest on the weekly Interview segment of RaveTech which screened on RaveTV. The interview touched on the Domain Industry and NIRA’s business. Please see the link https://youtu.be/2SHDhdW6m8g. This is available to members for use as a marketing material.
 
We were recognized at the Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) National Female Conference at Osun State. The theme of the conference was “Gender Equality Participation in ICT + its effect on National Development”. The conference aimed at unlocking female potentials in ICT, orientate female NACOSS members and ICT lovers on how and what they can contribute to the growth of the economy technologically and also boost the female morale in ICT. NiRA received an award from NACOSS for its support of its activities both at the National level and local chapters.
 
At the Secretariat, as we plan to provide better IT services to our Registrars, there is an addition to the NiRA Family in the person of Mr. Abubakar Alhassan Muhammad, the Head Technical Services. This is in line with our commitment to Registrars, Registrant and technical partners to enhance NiRA infrastructure, services and support.
 
In the coming weeks, I solicit for your support to take the message of NIRA to every citizen. I hope to see more stakeholders contribute to our newsletter, so that we can get everyone on the .ng Train. Let’s do it!



Your President,

Sunday Folayan
 
News!  News!!  News!!!
Notice Of The AfTLD 2015 AGM

Africa Top Level Domain Organization (AfTLD), the African parent body for country code Top Level Domains announced her forth coming Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to hold on the 8th of July 2015 at Nairobi, Kenya. The financial report for the year ended 31st December 2014, would be presented for approval and elections held for the posts of two directors.
The Notice of the AGM had been sent out by the AfTLD Secretariat to members.

7TH WEST AFRICAN INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

The 7th West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), met in Abuja, from 18th to 19th June 2015 and presented the Internet governance initiatives of the ten (10) countries in West Africa, who attended the forum. The ten countries in attendance were Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. ECOWAS Commission, ICANN, AFRINIC, ISOC, World Wide Web Foundation and FOSSFA were partners at WAIGF. The Forum agreed to:  
  1. Consult with the ECOWAS Commission and FOSSFA on hosting the WAIGF;
  2. Host the virtual WAIGF Secretariat at the ECOWAS Commission;
The Forum deliberated extensively on
a) Internet and Human Rights  
b) Universal access    
c) Internet for Economic Development  
d) Surveillance and Online Privacy 
 
The Forum recommended that all Member States shall effectively operate their national Internet Governance Forums (IGF) with all stakeholders, encourage more government participation in IGFs and ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).  
Another Award to NiRA


The National President of Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), Comrade Onuwugbolu Michael, was at NiRA on Monday 22nd June 2015 to present an award to NiRA. This award was for NiRA’s contributions and moral support towards the continuous success of NACOSS and also for creating innovations and motivating NACOSS. Comrade Michael stated that NiRA’s motivation prepares the students for an outstanding future. NiRA has continuously supported NACOSS both at state and national levels. NiRA partnership with NACOSS creates avenue to educate the youth early on the DNS Industry and encourage the Youth to identify with the .ng DNS business.
NACOSS aims to re-orient the Nigerian youth and project the IT Profession through Seminars, Lectures, Symposia, Workshops and other related activities. NiRA participation at NACOSS functions aims not only to educate but also to prepare the Youth for the future.
We thank NACOSS for their recognition of NiRA.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
1. Africa Domain Name System Forum



Date: Jul 06 - Jul 08, 2015
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
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2. NCS International Conference 2015

Theme: Information Technology for Inclusive Development
Date: 22nd to 24th July 2015
Venue: Jojein Hotels & Resort, Airport Road,
Akure – Ondo State, Nigeria

 
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