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Monday, February 13, 2017

NIRA Academy, AfriNIC sign MoU on IPv6 certification, capacity building

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Academy and Mauritius-based African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Ltd, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and certify skills in Internet Number Resources Management and Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) in Nigeria, reports ITRealms.

NIRA Academy, ITRealms gathered was established by NiRA, the managers of the country code Top Level Domain Name (.ng ccTLD) to breed Nigerians that will take full advantage of the jobs and business opportunities, wealth creation and financial rewards that the .ng domain name string has to offer, while AFRINIC is the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources serving the African Internet Community. Thus among the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) that manage IP Addresses and Autonomous System numbers based on policies defined by the community.

Confirming this development to ITRealms in a press statement, the Dean of NIRA Academy, Mr. Sikiru A Shehu, said he signed on behalf of NiRA, whilst the chief executive officer (CEO), AFRINIC Limited, Mr. Alan P. Barrett, signed on behalf of AFRINIC.

According to Shehu, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was actually effective on Tuesday 24th January 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya, to develop and certify skills in Internet Number Resources Management and IPv6 in Nigeria.

Shehu also said that the Memorandum of Understanding creates an accessibility to International IPv6 certification for Nigerian System and Network Engineers, and provides the opportunity for Nigeria to increase the number of internationally recognised and skilled IPv6 engineers, following the pattern established by AFRINIC. The trainings would be conducted at the NiRA Academy, using AFRINIC course wares and certified trainers for the certification programmes.


Further, he said, the signing ceremony was witnessed by key players within the African and Global Internet Community, including the President/CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Mr. Goran Marby; Ghanaian Internet Pioneer, Prof. Nii Quaynor, representing the African Internet Community, NIRA President, Revd Sunday Folayan who is also the Chairman of the AFRINIC Board, Immediate Past President NIRA , Mrs. Mary Uduma, NIRA Board of Trustees member, Emmanuel Edet, NiRA's Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Edith Udeagu and AFRINIC Board/ICANN ALAC member Seun Ojedeji.

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