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Sunday Folayan, NiRA President

The Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA) has identified that who manages the Internet and how the Internet is governed as constantly discussed in the domain name system (DNS) requires optimum attention.

According to Mr. Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA, in an e-newsletter titled “Our August Outlook”, the Internet Society highlights how Internet governance remains critical to economic and social opportunities.

He said, therefore, the Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA) has lined up events that will educate people on Internet Governance and will enhance/deepen the knowledge base of the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry and create further awareness of the .ng brand, which is the Nigerian Identity in Cyberspace.

“This has the potential to further reduce the unemployment level in the country and encourage growth of the Nigerian economy,” Folayan said.

The NiRA President said, the Body will in this month of August 2015, conduct a Registrar’s Technical Training, for new and existing accredited registrars.

“This launches the NiRA Academy for DNS Technical Training programmes and plans. The Academy will provide face to face and online training programmes. As part of the training, we will create access to CoCCA (Council of Country Code Administrators) training platform (Registry solution in use by most Registries in the world) for all interested Registrars.

He said that NiRA will also conduct technical training and policy enlightenment to newly Accredited Registrars. The dates for the trainings would be communicated in due time.

Note that the Registrar’s Accreditation Technical Training is open also to all existing Accredited Registrars who desire to be abreast with current happenings of the Domain Name Industry.

According to him, there will be discussions on NiRA Policies which govern the DNS activities for the .ng ccTLD.

The NiRA Academy, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek learnt, aims to educate on Internet Governance; bridge the gap in the knowledge base of the DNS Industry in Nigeria by developing the DNS Industry in Nigeria and to grow local DNS entrepreneurs, develop capacity in other DNS related specialization such as Website design and development, Cybersecurity, Networking, etc.

It will also breed certification based relationships with third parties like NITDA, NCC, ICANN, CPN; create opportunities for our youth to build and develop their own businesses and contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy and use the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation, the arm of NiRA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to reach out to the wider public.

After the training in August and subsequent trainings, “we expect our registrars to further create awareness through their resellers and further increase the number of domain names (Nigerian Internet domain names) in the year 2015,” he said.

Folayan also disclosed other matters NiRA sets to tackle.

He said, “During our annual statutory visit to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), our supervising Agency, the NiRA Executive Board of Directors had outlined some of our plans to use the NiRA CSR vehicle to contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy and we intend to fulfil our promises”.

He also ceased the opportunity, on behalf of NiRA Executive Board of Directors, to congratulate the newly elected Executives of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), led by Professor Ganiyu Adesola Aderounmu, who emerged as the President NCS at the just concluded Annual General Meeting at Akure, held on the 24th July 2015.

“We wish the new executives a successful tenor in the office,” Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA said.
 

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