Nigeria’s .ng domain name adoption hits 100,000

President, Nigeria Internet Registration
Association ( NiRA ), Revd, Sunday Folayan
(left ); Financial Secretary, Biyi Oladipo and
Chief Operating Officer, Mrs, Edith Udeagu
during the NIRA Executives visit to Rutam –
House,Headquarters of The Guardian in Lagos

•Country prepares to host AFRINIC
conference next month
The adoption and use of the Country Code Top
Level Domain name ( ccTLD), Nigeria’s . ng, is on
the upward swing , as the figure hits 100 ,
000 .This statistic was given yesterday by the
Nigeria Internet Registration Association
(NiRA ) , when the management team paid a
courtesy visit to Rutam House , headquarters of
The Guardian newspapers .

The increase witnessed in the adoption of . ng
may have shown a gradual decline in the
patronage of foreign domain names by
individuals and businesses in Nigeria, which
has been the norm for years and had
subsequently, resulted in increased capital
flight from the economy.

Countries around the world strive to promote
their respective domain systems in order to
retain substantial part of the Internet
expenditure in-country .NiRA team , led by the
President, Sunday Folayan, informed that
Nigeria’s .ng ranked second largest after South
Africa, which has about one million registered
.za. in Africa.
Folayan, who described NiRA as one of the best
successes and story of Public Private
Partnership in Nigeria, said the new data
showed an improvement in the number of
domain registrations, stressing that Nigerians
have re-strategised in their plans for
promoting their online business and hence
there is improvement in the domain name
The NiRA President commended The Guardian
for championing the course of .ng in the
country, especially, as it relates to adoption and
several print privileges that the domain name
has enjoyed through the platform.
Speaking more on the . ng adoption, Head ,
Business Development, NiRA , Mrs. Kemi
Adepoju, said the association is doing
everything possible to further populate its use
in Nigeria, which include promotions, use of
youths as ambassador , to identify and convince
companies not using the domain name to adopt
it; use of the social media platforms to passage
messages and enlighten the public .
The Chief Operating Officer of NiRA , Mrs. Edith
Udeagwu, informed that Nigeria will be hosting
this year’ s African Network Information Center
(AFRINIC ) open public policy meetings from
November 27 to December 4 th in Lagos.
AFRINIC is the regional Internet registry ( RIR)
for Africa. It hosts two open public policy
meetings every year in various locations
throughout its service region .
Udeagwu, who disclosed that Folayan doubles
as the Chairman of AFRINIC board, informed
that several issues that borders on Internet
Protocol (IP) development , especially
migration from IPv 4 to IPv 6 will be discussed ,
where experts will sensitise on what Nigeria
and other African countries must do to migrate
as fast as possible to avoid Internet blackout .
Giving more insight on the dangers of not
migrating, Head , Technical Department ,
Abubakar Muhammed , Nigeria must do
everything possible to avoid Internet shut,
saying that the consequences are dire.
Muhammed said the AFRINIC conference will
be opening another vista in Internet
development across the world , “ so Nigeria
must not be left behind in adoption.”
Folayan added that the AFRINIC meetings
provide unique opportunities for Internet –
related individuals and organisations to gather
and to discuss the policies governing Internet
number resource distribution in the African
region. The meetings, he added, would serve as
platforms to share technical knowledge, and to
attend workshops and tutorials. 

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