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NIGERIA MUST BE THE HUB FOR INTERNET CONTENT IN AFRICA

The Nigeria Information and Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) Technology Forum with the theme “Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting by 2024” held on the 27th of May 2021 in Lagos. In attendance at the event were the Director-General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Inuwa Kashifu Abdullahi (CCIE). The DG NITDA was represented by the Head, Southwest Zonal Office, NITDA, Mrs. Chioma Okee-Aguguo, who delivered his keynote address.  The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), stressed that “the role of the government is to provide an enabling environment for private and corporate bodies to invest in local hosting services and the building of more data centres.”

Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the CEO of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) and President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was the Chairman of the NITRA TECHNOLOGY FORUM 2021. He hailed the contributions of the Fourth Estate of the Realm for their incisive reportage of the ICT sector. He stated that NITRA should continue with the sensitization for the domestication of the Internet as there was still a lot to be done in this area in Nigeria.

Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, the NITRA Chairman, stated in his welcome note that the association chose the theme “Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting By 2024” to provide a platform for stakeholders in the ICT ecosystem to anchor robust discussions about the advancement of the sector in the country. He also explained that local cloud hosting helps to keep our local internet traffic local when local content providers host their content in-country.

There were several speakers at the event, including the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), represented by Mr. Toba Obaniyi, the NiRA Vice President, who spoke of the efforts of NiRA and some of the future plans of NiRA. Mr. Obaniyi encouraged NITRA members to register .ng domain names for their online activities and host their websites locally.

The NITRA Technology Forum 2021 was well attended by stakeholders in the ICT community and media, with all being aware that Data is the new Oil. Everyone recognises that data is the economic engine of the Internet. Nigeria is being encouraged to be the hub for Internet content in Africa and not just content consumers. It was also pointed out that Nigeria must reduce the capital flight by hosting its contents locally, which will also strengthen the cybersecurity of Nigeria. There were various contributions towards achieving these goals.