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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

NiRA explains free domain names

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has explained the essence of its offer of two free domain names to any willing Nigerians.

Giving this explanation, President, NiRA, Mr. Ndukwe Kalu, said that its to boost the nation’s country code Top Level Domain name, .ng in every facet of the socio-economic life of the citizens.

According to him, any Nigerian planning to register a domain name at this time would benefit from the offer of two domain names per individual registrant, adding that the N5000 is for membership registration only.

A domain name is the text name corresponding to the numeric Internet Protocol (IP) address of a computer on the Internet. Thus, a domain name must be unique and affords Internet users access to their website using domain names.

Mr. Kalu, also said that in view of the on-going drive to encourage Nigerians to hook onto the .ng domain name, NiRA board has approved this decision.

“The board would also want to inform Nigerians that for the transition period the subsisting policy of free domain registration would continue, but with a modification to allow for two domain per individual,” he said.

Mr. Kalu who doubles as the chief executive, Amsco Telecom Limited, added that the final policies on this would be made known in a latter date.

He therefore urged Nigerians to take advantage of this two-for-one domain registration and fly the nation’s flag on the Internet.

“We therefore call on Nigerians to take advantage of this and be truly Nigerian with .ng,” he said, stressing that the current membership price of N5,000 is subsisting.

Hitherto, he said, the domain registration services, were being handled by a tripartite arrangement between Mr. Randy Bush, the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) and Skannet Nigeria Limited led by Sunday Folayan.

“First we would want to thank all those who have made personal and other sacrifices to sustain this process,” he declared, without forgetting the laudable roles of the late director general of NITDA, Prof. Gabriel Olaleye Ajayi, just as he did not left out Aminu Ibrahim of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Demola Amao of Simbanet to name a few.

He pointed out that with the birth of NiRA early in the year, following the successful general election of its first executive board, the association has stepped into a new era.

“While this is so we realize certain realities and the fact that it would take NIRA sometime to fully get into the state of meeting the enormous expectations on it,” he said.

This is coming as NIRA has gotten an office to meet administrative and technical demands, which he said, is located at 14 Ahmed Onibudu Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, which is being manned by a full time Administrative Secretary.

“This office would act as physical point of contact for general correspondence, domain registration services and membership services,” he said.

According to him, the office would shortly publish all contact details including phone numbers, electronic mail (email) address among others, even as he advised the public to channel all enquiries to the temporary office.

“We are working to ensure very prompt and courteous response at all times,” he assured.

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