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The African Union Heads of State and Government met at the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28th to 29th January 2018 and developed a communique on Internet Governance and development of Africa’s Digital Economy.

Whilst acknowledging that the Internet is an essential tool and a dynamic force for economic, social and cultural development and recalling in that regard Resolution 26/13 of the Human Right Council, decisions were taken on:

  • Internet Governance principles,
  • Africa’s Participation in Internet Governance,
  • Development of Africa’s Digital Economy,
  • Management of Domain Names and
  • Global Internet Governance.

The African Union noted that less than 20% of Africans are online and that the majority of those not connected are in the rural areas and mostly women and the poor.  The African Union remain committed to facilitating a resilient, unique, universal and interoperable Internet that is accessible to all and will strive to ensure universal and affordable Internet access for all African citizens including people with specific needs.

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The National Executives of the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS), led by the National President, Comrade Akintomiwa Abolade paid a courtesy visit NIRA on Wednesday 7th February 2018.

Comrade Abolade stated that the courtesy visit was to show their appreciation to NIRA and to present the new Executives, and outline the roadmap of the new Executives. He outlined key areas of focus as “The Female participation in ICT”, “Nigerian IT Talent Exhibition”, National Conference and Training of members all over the country.

In his response, the President of NIRA, Rev’d Sunday Folayan, extended a hand of partnership to NACOSS by requesting its participation in the NIRA Academy, which aims to:

  • Develop the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry locally and internationally through skill acquisition and capacity building
  • Breed local DNS Entrepreneurs
  • Provide in-depth training on subject related to Internet Governance and so on.

The President also informed the visiting NACOSS team that the NiRA Academy will henceforth support NACOSS with Training facilitators, in line with the objectives of the NiRA Academy.

NACOSS executives were also briefed on the .ngscout program, being put together by NiRA for the youths and how they can be part of the program.

Nigeria’s Digital Future

On Thursday, 1st February 2018, the Internet Society (ISOC), Nigeria Chapter, hosted a special event tagged “Shaping Tomorrow” at the National Universities Commission (NUC) Main Auditorium, Maitama, Abuja. The event was to reintroduce the society, inaugurate its new Executive Council and unveil the 2018 Plan of Action of the local chapter.

The ISOC elections, which held in the last quarter of 2017, had Mr. Adewole Ajao, emerge as the President and Mr. Iniobong Eka emerge as the Vice President. ISOC Nigeria advocates that all should get involved in the choice of the “pathways that lead to our digital future”.

ISOC Nigeria Chapter acknowledges that the Internet tends to transform lives within a short span of time and also cautions on the negative aspects of “fake news”,  “human rights and privacy concerns”, “misinformation”, “cyberwarfare”, “denial of service attacks”, etc.

I participated in the program and was quite pleased with the proceedings and the outlined plans of the organization. I highly recommend the involvement of all in the Internet Society.

On Monday, the 5th February 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari, signed the Executive Order to improve local content in Science, Engineering and Technology procurement.

The Executive Order should promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy. All procurement authorities are expected to give preference to Nigerian firms and companies in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007. Of course where the local expertise is lacking, we can bridge the gap by bringing in the expertise and plan for the knowledge transfer to Nigerians. You can read the official press release from the State House at: You can also read the Executive order at:

I am convinced that Nigeria is on the right path to determining and managing its future in the digital realm. Nigeria is filled with intelligent and productive people. We cannot continue to depend on imported software and products. We must give more Nigerians the needed opportunities to excel and bring forth their creativity and innovativeness.

Lastly, We are at the verge of conducting the first public Online Auction of .ng Domain Names. Five premium .ng domain names would be up for auction within the next few weeks. Interested parties are expected to work closely with their preferred Accredited Registrar. More details will be given in the course of time. We enjoin all to participate actively in the auction process.

I remain at your service.

Rev’d Sunday Folayan

President, NIRA Executive Board


There are four (4) basic requirements in creating a website and getting it online, namely a Domain Name, Web Host Server Space, the website design and your website content. It is very important a business owner/ website owner considers the essence of his/her business and the website before embarking on the business. The essence of being online is to draw the required attention to your business/brand and grow the business. You can reach millions of customers from the comfort of your home when you have a thriving online business.

Domain Name:

The first step is choosing and registering a domain name, a unique name which would have relevance to the type of business. A domain name is akin to your street address; it is your unique identity on the global space, the Internet.  Visit NiRA website for the list of NiRA Accredited Registrars that provide the platform for domain name registration.

The website domain name is the driving force of the website and there are considerations required to propel the success of the business. The name must be sufficiently attractive and relevant to the business for potential customers to visit the website. The name must be sufficiently simple, concise, short, and memorable. The domain name extension should have high search engine relevancy.

Website Design:

You need a reliable and good website designer and developer to create a good and reliable website. Skilled and knowledgeable personal are the best options to ensure the website development project is delivered on time as adherence to timelines is critical to the success of your business. You need a well-designed website that would be a pleasure to visit and use, capture the attention of users, with informative and current information.

Web Hosting Server Space

The next step is to choose and subscribe to a web hosting service, the website construction, storage for your content and emails for official communication. Your web host provides the space, access, hardware, and security required by your website.

Most service providers package domain name registration with web host services. The choice is actually yours, dependent on many factors, including spreading ones risks across many platforms.

Also you need decide on the hosting option, for example fully hosted platform, etc.  This is a business decision.

Website Content

With your domain name and a hosting service provider, you’re ready to create the contents for your site. There are many templates available, depending on your requirements on how to organize your website content. There are various templates for your profile, portfolio, an online shop, a blog, etc. To boost your business, your content must be tasteful, engaging, current and interesting.

Upon completion of these four basic steps, you’re ready to launch your website. At that point, there is no stopping you!