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
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!