Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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SAFER INTERNET DAY 2020: THEME - TOGETHER FOR A BETTER INTERNET.

NiRA joined the world to mark the World Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 at the University of Lagos, Akoka Rd, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

The event was put together by the Centre for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) and the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG). The Safer Internet Day event had in attendance, students from Princeton College, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as well as the notable speakers.  NiRA Executive Secretary, Mrs. Edith Udeagu was also at the event to present a goodwill message from Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).

THIS WILL BE THAT DECADE!

It would be stating the obvious if I mentioned here that the year 2020 is the start of a new decade. We all already know this fact and have embraced the available opportunities. The function of time in our lives demands that we remain alert/aware as the days pass by. What should be of interest to everyone in the year 2020 and beyond, is the speed of transformation which technology will bring about.

With the introduction of 5G towards the end of 2019 in some countries, for example, a new dawn of possibilities has been ushered in. Communication will become completely seamless and with this, the Internet of Things will trigger a level of connectivity which never before existed. The speed of connectivity between devices will be faster than you can type your requests in. How prepared is our nation to take advantage of these and other important advancements?

Indeed, Nigeria is not left behind as she begins to revamp her Broadband plan for the next five years, preparing the country’s digital economy for development at the speed of light. It would excite all to know that the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has been recognised as a key stakeholder,  who is pivotal to the Broadband Plan. I am also delighted to represent NiRA on that Committee and I must say that it has been an interesting time so far.

As we enter into an age for which we have been prepared, I invite you to register your personal and corporate identity on .ng and be part of a new digital age.

 

Muhammed Rudman

President, NiRA

Awareness about Data Privacy Key to Growth and Development

On Tuesday 28th January 2020, during the ‘National Privacy Week Awareness Workshop’ hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi welcomed the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM and other dignitaries to the event. Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in his welcome address, charged Nigerians to always protect their data while using the internet. He said, in response to the global call for privacy regulation that, NITDA in 2019 issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019 was issued as a response to the global call for privacy regulation and inconsistent with the FG initiative to make Nigeria a globally competitive business environment by The Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM.

Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) had said that “The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in an attempt to diversify the economy came up with Digital Economy policy and strategy for the growth and development of the country”.  That as data increasingly becomes the nexus of the modern economy, regulation by government and awareness by citizens against possible breaches and abuses becomes important. He commended NITDA for an aggressive approach at ensuring Nigerians leverage on the NDPR to become part of the global community that is data-led.

Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, as a guest speaker stated that due to the advancement of the Internet, some level of regulation is required to ensure the stability, integrity, and survival of the Internet. “NDPR envisages three critical groups whose capacities must be developed: Data Subjects (you and I) who are the ultimate ‘owners’ of foundational data; data controllers like CBN, NIMC, and FRSC, who determine the purpose for which the data is being used; and data processors like enrolment organizations and Galaxy Backbone, who obtains records or otherwise holds or transmits the information or data on behalf of the data controller not forgetting the occasional overlaps in some cases”.

As usual, the representatives of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) with other stakeholders were at the event.

To read more, click on the URL https://nitda.gov.ng/awareness-about-data-privacy-key-to-growth-and-development-nitda/

Presentation of the draft Presidential Committee Report on National Broadband Plan 2020 - 2025

In December 2019, to foster the growth of a Digital Economy and to achieve broadband penetration by the year 2025, the Nigerian Government inaugurated the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NBP) Committee for the Development of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan for Nigeria.  

The NBP Committee met several times over the course of two months to deliberate on issues as they relate to the national broadband, with focus on how to penetrate the underserved and unserved areas in the country and drive the Nigerian digital economy. Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is an active member of the NBP Committee.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM was at the 2020 - 2025 National Broadband Planning Committee Meeting, which held on the 5th of February 2020.

On the 18th February 2020, the Committee submitted its draft report to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. The draft Presidential Committee report was submitted to the Honourable Minister by the Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs. Funke Opeke, the CEO Mainone.

ICTLOCA CONVERGENCE SERIES 2020

The Second Annual Community Conference on ICT Local Content held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at TOPAS Hub Alaka Estate, Surulere, Lagos State. The theme of the event was “ICT LOCAL CONTENT and the Digital Economy: Dissecting Challenges and Proffering Solutions”.

In his keynote address, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote who was represented by Mr Babatunde Akhihiero said all successes achieved in promoting the development and utilization of in-country capacities for the industrialization of Nigeria through the effective implementation of the Nigerian Content Act was made possible because NCDMB presented herself for any possible collaboration to get the work done. He implored all stakeholders, contractors and business owners to embrace collaboration for positive results.

During the ”Success Story” session of the event, Mr Tobi Adelakin, co-founder of AdNaira Mr Emeka Okafor, the Managing Director of  Tera Network Abuja narrated their experiences and paths to success. They encouraged Nigerian youth to embrace innovation and provide excellent services to the Nigerian market.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), gave a presentation on the challenges ICT organisations face in the Oil and Gas Industry. She said that some of the professionals in the ICT industry are not aware of the Local Content Act and those who are aware are yet to internalize the opportunities the Act provides for the ICT Industry in Nigeria. Another challenge highlighted was the issue of non-collaboration. She said there is a need for ICT professionals and companies to collaborate and provide the needed capacity required to undertake projects in the Oil and Gas Industry. Other issues outlined by the Executive Secretary include lack of trust in Nigerian businesses, lack of congruence amongst professionals, challenges with enabling environment and policies, the dearth in applicable research, internal policies in ICT companies, etc.

Mr. Ogbonnaya Ugama, Deputy Director, Licensing and Authorization Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) who represented the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta at the event, said that local content is an area of serious concern to NCC as it is an avenue to engage with industry stakeholders to move the economy forward. He said his organisation’s collaboration with ICTLOCA and other industry stakeholders would help enrich the strategies and policies that NCC is planning to roll out in a bid to advance the discourse on local content in the industry. He identified the dearth of basic infrastructure(power, roads and so on) required for original local manufacturers and indigenous companies to establish plants in Nigeria, scarcity of local manufacturers of ICT equipment, challenges with doing business such as multiple taxation, insecurity in some parts of the country, vandalization, dearth of technical expertise as some of the challenges hampering growth of local content in the telecommunications industry. He said that NCC is working on some strategies to help solve the existing challenges; citing the collaboration with the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to develop curriculum on software development, coding and related technology that would help local content in the country.

During the open mic session, Mrs. Udeagu encouraged all to patronise Nigerian local contents, patronise local hosting companies. She said that local companies should ensure they produce good quality products and services that would be patronised by Nigerians. She mentioned the need for businesses to use/identify with the .ng domain names to promote their businesses online; the .ng brand representing the online identity of Nigerians.

Mr. Cornerstone Akinbo appreciated the sponsors of the event, mentioning in particular, the TOPAS Hub who supported with a free venue. The closing remarks were delivered by Mrs Habibat Olatunji with the recitation of the National Pledge. She thanked all the participants who attended the event.