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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

NIG website’ll be most visited soon – Ajayi

Remmy Nweke


FLAGSHIP of the nation in the cyberspace, the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) has vowed to transform its newly relaunched www.nig.org.ng, the most visited website in the country in no distance future.

NIG president, Mr. Lanre Ajayi, gave this insight at the weekend while addressing committee chairmen’s forum of the group in Lagos, tasking them to streamline their programmes towards achieving this mileage with local content.

He said this was one of the reasons for reconstructing the website since he assumed office last December, in order to give it a face lift.

This, he also said, has been completed, up and running.

For instance, according to him, there would be a forum to enable members and visitors alike to raise pertinent issues of interest to them, which would be open for contribution.

Pointing out that currently people register online as guests on the website, in addition to having blogs and industry statistics to name a few.

He underscored the way visitors were flooding to the relaunched website, saying that it would soon be the most visited website in the country.

However, in order to further boost this desire, local content, he said, must be the tool of attraction.

Plans, he said, is underway to engage a full time Information expert with requisite knowledge to manage the website content and ensure it’s up-to-date, among others.

“It sounds amazing but if you know the number of Nigerians and foreigners out there searching for information on Nigeria, you would realize that local content is the king at this time of our development,” he affirmed.

Mr. Ajayi who doubles as the chief executive of an Internet Service company, PiNet Informatics, also enjoined the chairmen to also collaborate among themselves so as to share information that will benefit the teeming members of NIG eventually.

He pointed out, that in the past 11 years, NIG as a non-governmental organization (NGO) championed the penetration and adaptation of Internet in the lives of Nigerians.

“NIG has focused on access, now is the time to put content on these pipes locally,” he asserted.

Presently NIG has about 14 committees, which were inaugurated at the first quarter of this year.

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