Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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YEAR 2021, HERE WE COME!!!

The year 2021 is just around the corner. We need to prepare for the year 2021 and years ahead. We had prepared and planned extensively for the year 2020. Oh, we had big plans. What does the year 2021 and years ahead have in store for us? For the majority of the world, the year 2020 started with a lot of funfairs, hopes, promises, aspirations and goals. In the year 2020, the world started to experience a global pandemic, popularly known as COVID-19. The pandemic has gone down in global history as an unprecedented global health challenge that shook the entire globe. The pandemic has affected every facet of life negatively, many people have lost their source of livelihood, businesses have closed down and many have lost their lives in the midst of this pandemic.

The covid-19 pandemic was proving to be a setback for the human race, with every effort put in place to limit this kind of huge loss to human life and time in future. People adjusted to not gathering in large numbers. Work, businesses, education, health care, etc moved online. People learnt how to work from home or remotely. People who could afford the devices, internet connection, etc, including students sharpened their IT skills to function online. Businesses were promoted majorly online. Online meetings, seminars and conferences became the norm in the year 2020. The world is now taking solace in the hope that vaccines for this deadly virus would be available for all by the first quarter of the year 2021.

We give thanks to Almighty God for life and for all the health workers around the world, who have been in the front line to save lives. We pray for the souls of those who had passed on due. We pray for the comfort of those who have lost family members due to covid-19.

With the challenges of COVID-19, we have witnessed the importance of businesses being online. Most activities such as shopping, meetings, conventions, retreats, training, etc, occurred online and still continue online. Technology came to the aid of all during the days of lockdown when people movement and physical contact were restricted across the globe.

It goes to say that, if you are in a business and have not fully embraced technology to set-up your business online presence, you need to change your strategy. Please contact a NiRA Accredited Registrar to facilitate your online business (get a .ng domain name, maybe design your website and definitely host your website locally).

It gladdens our hearts that Nigeria has witnessed an increase in the .ng domain name registrations this year with many Nigerian businesses moving online and seeing how the general public is embracing the use of .ng domains more for their websites.  We are aware that the .ng domain name gives you the opportunity to choose a domain name that suits your business and get your business online today. Go to www.register.ng to register your domain name.

We wish all a happy, fulfilling and prosperous 2021.

We do advise that people adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol as outlined on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (ncdc.gov.ng). It is important for the well-being of all. We must all keep safe as we look forward to greater opportunities in the year 2021.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA