Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA)

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7TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY

The 7th Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy (NCCDE-07) held at the Banquet Hall of the Government House Gombe State from 2nd to 6th December 2019. The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM in his remarks, urged participants to key into the implementation of the Digital Economy Policy and Strategy to enhance adoption in all the states of the Federation.

The meeting with the theme "Leveraging the Gains of ICTs in Developing and Implementing a Digital Economy Strategy for Nigeria" was presided over by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. M. F. Istifanus. In attendance at the meeting were members of the Council, members of the NiRA, Hon. Commissioners and representatives of State Governments, Chief Executives of Agencies and Parastatals, in-charge of ICT in Federal and State levels, NGOs, Members of the Organized Private Sector (OPS) and other Stakeholders.

At the meeting, about 89 memorandums were considered and recommendations were made to the Council. Three (3) of these memorandums were stepped down and asked to be represented at the next meeting. The considerations and recommendations made to the Council were the outcomes from the 4 syndicate groups constituted to look into the viability of the memorandums. NiRA, under the guidance of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), had also made some presentations.

The syndicate groups comprised of Policy, Legal and Regulation Framework; Infrastructure; E-Government and Capacity Building.

ALTON 20TH ANNIVERSARY, NIRA HONORED!

On Friday 29th November 2019, The Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) celebrated its 20th anniversary. The event was a celebration of achievements and milestones in the telecom industry. The event which aimed to honour Industry leaders, founding leaders, and stakeholders for their support and developmental role in the industry, was declared open by the Chairman of ALTON, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo.

In his opening address, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo stated that ALTON was set up to provide solutions to common problems and promote the interests of its members in the telecom industry. He disclosed that since inception ALTON had continued to play a key role in the market development of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria. He noted that 20 years after the liberalization of the telecom sector in Nigeria, the country has moved from one cellular mobile network with limited coverage and 26,500 connected lines to 4 GSM operators, 2 VoIP operators, 4 Fixed Wired operators with 172.9mn mobile subscriptions & teledensity at 123.5 percent. He added that ALTON had made critical interventions on behalf of members on several issues such as challenges of multiple taxations, multiple regulations, rates, and tariff determination, market competition and unfavorable policies.

The Chairman of the occasion, Rear Admiral Alison Madueke (rtd) acknowledged that ALTON has indeed lived up to its responsibility in championing the course of the industry to the benefit of Nigerians. He highlighted the developmental role that ALTON had played in bringing the telecoms industry in Nigeria.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo got the telecoms legend award for providing the much needed regulatory and policy environment for the development of the telecoms sector while the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was amongst the leading organisations honored with the ALTON Sector Support Award.

Other awards presented at the event were the Industry Pioneers, Special Recognition for Industry Leaders, Industry Achievers, Industry Recognition for Resources Persons, Smart City, Regulatory Merit for Persons and Industry Merit Award.

AFRINIC-31

AFRINIC exists to expand the Internet for the sustainable development of Africa. One of the prominent ways in which AFRINIC implements this vision is through major events held around the continent to champion this debate. It is for this reason that AFRINIC hosted the 31st meeting, dubbed AFRINIC-31. The meeting took place at the Tatalona Convention Center, Luanda, Angola from 2nd - 6th December 2019.

Opening the event was Mr. Christian Bope, the AFRINIC Chairman who stressed the importance of embracing IPv6 as Africa seeks to join the rest of the world in advancing Internet connection in the face of IPv4 exhaustion. Mr. Bope introduced AFRINIC's new CEO Eddy Kayihura to the AFRINIC and African and global Internet community.

José Carvalho da Rocha, the Angolan Minister for Telecommunications and Information Technologies during his opening remark at the meeting emphasized his government's commitment to Internet development and its contribution to socio-economic development. The Minister emphasized the need for multi-stakeholder participation as an essential and critical element in the success factor in Internet development. He pointed out the need for an ICT strategy that works for all irrespective of their station in society.

The highlight of the event was the policy discussions where various policy proposals were presented and deliberately upon. The policies are:

  • Multihoming not required for ASN

  • Adjusting IPv6 PA Policy

  • Abuse Contact Policy Update

  • AFRINIC Policy Development Process Bis v5

  • Resource Transfer Policy

  • M&A Resource Transfers

  • IPv4 Inter-RIR Resource Transfers (Comprehensive Scope)

  • Impact Analysis is Mandatory

  • Internet Number Resources review by AFRINIC

  • AFRINIC Number Resources Transfer Policy

  • Chairs Elections Process

For most of the presented policies, they did not reach consensus and the suggestions were referred back to the working committees. The event concluded with a Gala Dinner sponsored by Internet Technologies Angola and a closing ceremony.

 

NiRA collaborating with BPSR on Capacity Building for representatives of MDAs

As part of the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria at reforming the Public Service Delivery, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) embarked on the ranking of websites of the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) using a Websites' Assessment Score Card. The initiative highlights the government's commitment to creating an enabling environment for businesses and investments to thrive in Nigeria. The initiative is also in line with Executive Order 001 on the Ease of Doing Business policy which became law in 2017.

To showcase the relevance/improvement of Government websites, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in collaboration with the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) organized capacity building programs for IT Managers for websites in the Federal public services. As stated by the Ag. Director-General Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), D. I Arabi, the aim of the training is to address the huge skill and capacity gaps identified to be part of the declining factors in the improvement of the operationalization and standardization of government websites.

To this effect, NiRA through its special purpose vehicle NiRA Academy developed a curriculum on Website and Hosting Management and trained representatives from Federal MDAs. The training, which was conducted in three batches, took place on November 27 – 28, 2019; December 4 – 5, 2019 and December 18 – 19, 2019 at the NiRA Office Complex, Lagos, Nigeria.

PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

This past month has been very busy at NiRA. From the just concluded Auction of some premium domain names to the preparations for the 2019 Bloggers Summit. The NiRA team continues to create avenues for the promotion of the .ng brand and promotion of the Nigeria online identity. These activities contribute to public campaign of the .ng brand, Nigeria online identity, entrepreneurship programmes, job and wealth creation as well as promotion of local content.

It is always interesting when one hears that NiRA is not doing enough to bring the .ng brand to the front burner. We will continue to carry on with activities that will create and promote the needed awareness and synergy in the industry.

We will continue to play our part in ensuring that our online presence is secure and reliable. We hope that, as key stakeholders in the Internet Industry, all will partner with NiRA in many different ways and increase NiRA’s footprint for the good of Nigeria.


NiRA management team with the District Governor and other officials of Rotary Club Lagos.