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November 19, 2020                       Volume 8 No. 179


POSITION YOUR BUSINESS FOR GROWTH THROUGH THE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY
It is a well-established fact the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many businesses in the year 2020 and many are still currently struggling to come out of the woods. No one knows for sure when the vaccine for the COVID-19 would be readily available for the average person in the world. So, every business is trying to ensure it uses all available technology/tools to position itself for growth. Making technology a central part of the business plan is vital for the success of any business. The Coronavirus pandemic was unexpected and has had its toll on most businesses. With the covid-19 protocols, especially the ban on gathering of many people in defined/confined space/area (office space/factories), many organisations have looked towards technology to carry on with their businesses.

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ICANN’S RECOGNITION OF MR. LAWRENCE OLAWALE-ROBERTS, NIRA’S BOARD MEMBER
Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts was elected as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) on the 30th of April 2019.  Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts is the Managing Director & CEO of MicroBoss, a premier technology consulting firm, aiming at becoming one of the largest and leading technology services companies globally, with its headquarters in Abuja and servicing top brands like Nigeria’s Central Bank.
In recognition of his service on the Nominating Committee (NomCom) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where he had served for many years, the ICANN Board of Directors recognized Mr. Lawrence Olawale-Roberts during ICANN's 22nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 22 October 2020. It was a moment of great pride for the Nigerian Internet Community, in fact the African Community. Due to the challenges associated with the covid-19 pandemic, the event was streamlined online via Zoom Platform.
 

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ENGR. IKECHUKWU NNAMANI AS HE GETS SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO TELECOM SECTOR AT NTITA 2020
Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) and the Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited received the special recognition  Award at the 2020  Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA) for his contributions to the Telecom Sector in Nigeria. According to the organizers, InstituteWave, the contributions of Engr Nnamani has continued to help bridge the digital divide in Nigeria. This was at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja on the 7th of November 2020. Recall that in the 2019 edition of NTITA, Engr Nnamani had won the Data Centre Personality Award in the year 2019 for the impact on the Nigeria economy of his work in the promotion of data centre business in Nigeria. The art of winning IT and Telecoms awards across Nigeria and Africa comes naturally to Engr Ike Nnamani and his organisation, Medallion Communications Limited.

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MR. CALEB OGUNDELE EMERGES AS ISOC NIGERIA CHAPTER PRESIDENT
states that they are a group of human beings, who are interested in making sure the Internet remains a safe, secure and trusted platform that closes gaps and enables innovation to improve human life. On the Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter website, https://isoc.ng/, it is stated that the Internet should be accessible to everyone regardless of their language, location or economic state and ISOC Nigeria encourages all to join them and help their statement a reality.
 Mr. Caleb Olumuyiwa Ogundele took over as the President of ISOC Nigeria Chapter on the 11th of November 2020. He leads a team of seven individuals elected to the ISOC Nigeria Chapter Executive Committee. Prior to this date, the outgoing leadership members paired with the incoming counterparts to facilitate a smooth transition. ISOC Nigeria Chapter had used the guidelines from the ISOC Nigeria Chapter bylaws to successfully elect its next set of Chapter leaders in 2020.

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.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT OCTOBER 2020


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A Message from The President
PRESIDENT’S SPEECH
PROMOTING THE .NG BRAND
The .ng promo which commenced on the 24th August 2020, to run for three months is coming to a gradual close on the 21st November 2020. This was the first promo run by NiRA and it was very interesting. The .ng promo offered non-premium second level .ng domain names for registration at a capped cost to applicants of .ng domain names. All participating registrars were advised to promote the .ng brand and make the names available at a pre-agreed price though some NiRA Accredited Registrars offered the .ng domain names at a lower price.
NiRA and the 23 participating registrars (find more details on https://register.ng) embarked on promotional exercises (on social media platforms, radio jingles, BRT buses, print media adverts, web adverts).  We are proud of all who participated in the .ng promo. It was a fine time/opportunity for Nigerians to register the .ng domain names of their choice.
We can all attest that the covid-19 pandemic encouraged many businesses to move online.  This helped many businesses to survive. Businesses had to re-strategize.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NITMA 2020 Award

Venue: MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 5.00pm prompt
THE 8TH NATIONAL COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL ECONOMY
Date: Friday 27th November – Tuesday 1st December 2020
Time: 9.00 am daily
Venue:  IMO Trade and Investment (Ahiajoku) Centre, new Owerri, Imo State..

Date: 6th to 10th December 2020
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre,  United Arab Emirates
eNigeria 2020


Date: December 2020
Venue: Abuja
 
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