The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has pledged her commitment to partner as many Registrars and affiliates as possible to bridge the gap in the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry in Nigeria.
Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA, made the remark in an e-newsletter shared by the Association, where he advocated for registrars to get in touch with the Association in targeting youths and small and medium businesses (SMBs).
Folayan, who gave account of NiRA’s participation at e-Nigeria 2015, said, “NiRA also had an exhibition booth, with some Registrars taking advantage of the booth to market the .ng brand at the event”.
“The new Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu visited the NiRA stand in the company of the Director General of National Information Technology and Development Agency (NITDA), Engr. Peter Jack. This presented an opportunity for yours truly to explain to the Honourable Minister who we are, what we do, and how NiRA contributes to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”
He said the Association is “passionate about Human Capital Development, and consider this as one of NIRA’s Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSRs). The NiRA Academy as a vehicle is fulfilling this mission by partnering with other stakeholders in conducting entrepreneurship trainings to bridge the gap in the DNS market in Nigeria”.
He mentioned that on Saturday 21st November 2015, the Academy hosted the first of such trainings in conjunction with “Whogohost”, a NIRA Accredited Registrar.
The participants were taught website development using Content Management System and other entrepreneurial skills. The Training was free of charge.
“Yours truly participated in educating and encouraging our youths on the abundant opportunities in the DNS Industry, and the benefits of using the .ng domain names in building and conducting their businesses online.
“NiRA is willing to partner with as many of our Registrars and affiliates as possible to bridge the gap in the DNS Industry in Nigeria. Kindly get in touch with the Secretariat if you are interested in mounting such training.
“Many awards were won. It was encouraging to note many .ng powered websites were nominated and won several awards, including the likes of Olx.com.ng, Oya.com.ng, Supermart.ng, Careers24.com.ng, showroom.ng within the startups category, and futa.edu.ng, futo.edu.ng, unn.edu.ng, uniport.edu.ng, uncial.edu.ng, unilag.edu.ng, futminna.edu.ng featured as nominees in the Best Federal University Websites category.
“I congratulate Technology Avenue, the organisers of the Nigeria Technology Awards (NITA) for the 2015 edition, and all the winners in the various categories.
“In the coming week, I will be in Point Noire, Democratic Republic of Congo, for the Policy Meeting and Special General Members Meeting of AFRINIC Ltd, the IP Addresses Registry for Africa. Please accord my Vice President the usual support while I am away”, he noted.
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