Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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Congratulations to Nigeria at 60

On the 1st of October 2020, Nigeria celebrated its Independence Day. This year's celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee was a low key event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the enforcement of covid-19 guidelines of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by the government at all levels. Nevertheless, it was a day worth celebrating as Nigerians count the gains of democracy and chart its path for the future. Our efforts in nation-building will not be in vain. We trust in our collective efforts to lift our nation to greater heights and make progress in growing our economy for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Counting on the achievements of Nigeria so far, it is evidence that our diversity is key to the progress of the Nigerian economy. Nigerians are known globally for our tenacious and determined spirit.

On the occasion of the 60th Independence celebration of Nigeria, we applaud the activities put together by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE) led by the Honourable Minister Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the Leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, approved the inclusive National Independence Celebration program. The Nigeria@60 challenge with the theme ‘Together as One’, was a huge success. This was an activity that brought Nigerians together and the efforts of the contestants were rewarded. 

I must also comment that the Nigeria@60 challenge highlighted and promoted the importance of the Nigerian Online presence and the .ng brand, our national identity in cyberspace. Those who participated in the challenge read the details of the challenge on the website https://nigeriaat60.gov.ng.  Let us continue to promote the positive image of Nigeria and Nigerians.

We encourage Nigerians and the world to register their online presence with .ng domain name(s). The uniqueness of our .ng brand brings out the creativity of individuals and enhances brand/product differentials. 

There is never a proper way to announce the departure of good staff and we must always respect the decisions of individuals. After spending some productive years working at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) has decided to resign. She would be greatly missed. We are grateful to Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim for her positive contributions to the successes at NiRA during the time she spent. We will miss her positive energy and contributions, her impact on the activities of NiRA. We are glad that she would always be available to contribute to NiRA in other capacities than as a staff member at the NiRA Secretariat. The NiRA Board of Trustees, Executive Board of Directors, Management and Staff of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) thank Mrs. Eyitayo Iyortim for her immense contributions at NiRA and wish her the very best in her future endeavours. This is just Adios, not Goodbye.

We are in the Month of October,  the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is observed annually and focuses on raising awareness about cybersecurity. NiRA continues to encourage all to be and keep safe on the Internet. It is our collective responsibility to build a safer and more inclusive society of Internet users.

Be safe and keep safe even whilst online!!!

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA