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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NiRA hosts AGM, Switchto.ng workshop

Mrs. Mary Uduma, NIRA president

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) would tomorrow commence a two-day packed Annual General Meeting (AGM) with a Switchto.ng workshop.

The Chief Operating Officer, NiRA, Mr. Ope Odusan made this disclosure in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online at the weekend, saying that the Switchto.ng workshop holds today, Wednesday, and the AGM proper takes place tomorrow at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre, Onikan-Lagos.

Odusan, who also is the secretary to the executive board, said that the AGM is coming after enough time has been given as stipulated in NIRA’s constitution.

He also said that the agenda for the 4th AGM would include the receipt of the Annual Report and Financial Statement for the year ended May 2011, together with the Auditor’s Report; Business Plan and Budget for the period of the current financial year beginning June 1, 2011, as well as consider other businesses that members properly bring before the meeting.

He noted that the Special Business of the AGM is to deliberate on the proposal to have the NIRA Financial Year changed from the month of May.

On Switchto .ng workshop, Odusan said the event is being organized in collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and NIRA, which is aimed at promoting the adoption of the country’s Top Level Domain .ng, with a view to building the Nigerian internet economy.

He said that a wider adoption of .ng, would help improve Nigeria’s image on the internet space, build local content, and most importantly, arrest capital flight to foreign service providers.

Stressing the need for Nigerians to switch to .ng, he said that one of the unique features of the nation’s country code Top Level Domain is the ease of use, even as several choice domains are still available on .ng.

Odusan added that registrations could be done online via any of it’s over thirty accredited registrars which are listed on the NIRA website.

He pointed out that participation at the workshop is drawn from government ministries, departments and agencies, in addition to the private sector, stakeholders and the media, just as some accredited registrars would be on hand to assist applicants with the process of registering .ng domains.

Remmy Nweke

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