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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NIRA reels out plans for 10th anniversary, DNS Fair coming



The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has reeled out plans to commemorate its 10th year since establishment on March 28, 2006, including exhibition for the Domain Name System (DNS) industry, reports ITRealms.

The chairman, Board of Trustees (iBoT), Deacon Chima Onyekwere made this disclosure in Lagos accompanied by some NIRA Executive Board members led by Rev. Sunday Folayan, said that this exhibition would be mounted by NiRA accredited registrars, resellers, web hosting companies and software developers and has been slated for March 12, 2016 in Lagos.  

Other programmes for a decade anniversary comprise of a youth empowerment and wealth creation programme, scheduled for March 19, 2016 with conferment of .ng Ambassadors, launch of .ng Scouts programme, .ng Social Media activities, selfie contest and climaxed with the climax with the .ng 10th Anniversary Gala and Award Night on the 2nd of April 2016.

Onyekwere recalls that when stakeholders within the Nigerian Internet industry got together to adopt its constitution, under the stewardship of an Interim Board of Trustees (iBoT) before an election was immediately conducted which saw to the pioneer BOT led by Dr. Isaac Odeyemi as the Chairman.

The BoT, he said, thereafter conducted elections for the pioneer Executive Board (EBoD), with the late Engr Ndukwe Kalu emerging as the pioneer NIRA President. 

“The late Kalu was succeeded by Mrs Mary Uduma, our immediate Past President who completed her term of office in 2015. The current President of NIRA is Reverend Sunday Folayan,” he explained.

The BOT chairman further said that the transfer of the appropriate management of the .ng national resource was coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria.

Also speaking, NIRA president, Rev. Folayan said they are passionate about local content development and we believe that great ideas begin with a simple inspiration and thereafter become stories that entertain, educate and capture the imagination of the audience. 

“With our passion in mind, we will launch the NiRA .ng selfie and animation competitions to create compelling local contents that inspire. We encourage Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities offered by these competitions,” he said.

ITRealms gathered that NIRA, the leading Country Code Top Level Domain Name Registry in West Africa, prides itself as a leading registry after a decade of managing Nigeria's critical national resource and identity flagship on the Internet, the .ng name string.

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Pix: Prof. Mrs. Nike Osofisan, BOT chairman, Deacon Chima Onyekwere, NIRA president, Rev. Sunday Folayan and NIRA Vice President, Mohammed Rudman.

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