Come November 2017, the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NiRA) will share a cheering news at the AfriNIC-27 meeting, as it has predicted the .ng domains registration would reach 100,000 mark by then.
According to Sunday Folayan, president, NIRA Executive Board, in the Association's e-newslettter 112, the domain count for the Nigerian Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) continues to make impressive gains, month on month.
He said, considering the fact that not all domains that are registered get renewed at the end of the day, NiRA only reckons with the number of active domains in the registry at any point in time.
"It is heart-warming that the number of domains in the registry continues to grow in excess of 2,000 domains monthly. This is due to the hard work of the Registrars and the Resellers, in making sure that .ng continues to be the domain of choice for all Nigerians. Thank you for your hard work in this regard.
"At the current rate, the number of active .ng domains will cross the 100,000 mark between October and November 2017. It is a milestone that we will celebrate, and is worthy of being celebrated.
He however, said that all hands must be on deck to get more businesses to embrace the .ng brand. "We need to get many more people on board, but some Nigerians still live in denial. They claim that the Nigerian string is too long, and sometimes expensive. I went past the delivery truck of a courier company, which for this message, I will call “Distro”, with the domain name distro-ng.com. If the same company had registered distro.com.ng, it is the same length as distro-ng.com and costs much lower.
"You can help us enlighten those who are yet to switch to .ng. Government and Nigerian businesses should be proud to fly our identity.
"When you see such hybrid domain names like distro-ng.com or distronigeria.com, please drop them an email and ask them whether they have heard of .ng before? Let us now get the word out there. .ng is for us all, and Nigerians should not hesitate to claim their identity and use it. Let us step up the campaign!", he urged Nigerians.