Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, elder statesman and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, added glamour to the recent retreat organized by the Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA) in Ogun State, by gracing the occasion.
It was unbelieving and exciting, recanting the re-delegation process of .ng to NiRA, which was made possible by the then President.
The excitement continues with NIRA which disclosed that by the 31st of January 2017, it had recorded over 15,000 second level .ng domain name registrations.
This milestone is significant because earlier, NIRA had set up a Price Charter with its accredited registrars that seek to progressively reduce the price of .ng domain names, based on the total number of domains in the .ng registry.
Meanwhile, Chief Obasanjo graced a session of the retreat and was briefed of the progress made, since the re-delegation of the national resource.
Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the secretary of the NiRA Board of Trustees was on ground to take Chief Obasanjo down the memory lane of how he, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), ensured that the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) delegation management was handed over to a multi-stakeholder body which birthed NiRA. Despite the fact that this occurred in 2005, and with his many experiences in life, Chief Obasanjo could recall the events of that time, unbelievably and with remarkable ease!
Chief Obasanjo was inducted by Reverend Sunday Folayan, president of NIRA, as a .ng Ambassador.
The President emphasized on the need for all Nigerians to identity with the .ng brand, “as our online identity. The use of the .ng brand would promote local content, local businesses, cultural heritage, grow the Nigerian economy, job and wealth creation, empower our youths, and conserve foreign exchange”.
In his response to the conferment, Chief Obasanjo thanked the NiRA team for the great job done so far and promised to ensure that all his online presence would be .ng compliant.
The NiRA 2017 retreat was remarkably different as it was graced by members of the Board of Trustees, Executive Board of Directors as well as Staff. The Trustees in attendance were Mr. Yunusa Zakari Ya’u, representing the NiRA BOT Chairman, Deacon Chima Onyekwere OON and Mrs. Ibukun Odusote the Secretary to the NiRA BOT.
.ng Domains, Getting Cheaper Daily
Speaking through NIRA e-newsletter 101, Reverend Folayan said that by the 31st of January 2017, NiRA had recorded over 15,000 second level .ng domain name registrations.
“This milestone is significant because earlier, NIRA had set up a Price Charter with its accredited registrars that seek to progressively reduce the price of .ng domain names, based on the total number of domains in the .ng registry.
“Reaching the count of 15,000 domains names at the second level, has given NiRA the opportunity to move the .ng domain pricing to the next lower level, according to the price charter. Since the business is competitive, registrars continue to package different products and deals to excite their customers. With the high cost of purchasing foreign exchange, there is no better time to register a .ng domain name, but now.
“I congratulate NiRA Accredited Registrars, Registrants and stakeholders for this growth and milestone. Of course based on the price charter, with more growth in .ng domain name registration at the 2nd level, the Registry would implement further price reductions once we reach the set milestone. The next milestone will be 20,000 second level domains”.