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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Odusan tasks NiRA registrars, dangles iPad-2


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) Mr. Ope Odusan has tasked the accredited registrars on the nation’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .ng even as he dangles iPad-2 for the first to record 5,000 in a month.

Mr. Odusan made this promise at the end of the year party organized by Nigeria Internet Registration Association, which coincided with the last forum of NiRA registrars in Lagos.

The event attended by some registrars and executive board members of NIRA, saw the presentation of prizes to the Registrar of the months since August 2011.

Odusan also said that though he was pleased with the rise in the number of domains being registered by NIRA registrars, he urged them to increase their marketing strategies in order to further show-up the figure in the coming year.

The COO promised exciting products for the Registrar in 2012, pledging that the first registrar to register 5,000 domains on .ng in a month will be awarded iPad-2 from his purse.

He said that this step of encouragement has become necessary to keep the momentum going and the spirit high among the NiRA registrars.

Equally speaking a member of the Executive Board of NiRA and chairman, Establishment & Finance committee, Mr. Sikiru Shehu, commended the registrars for making out to attend the event, assuring that the board of NIRA will continue to play its role in creating enabling environment for registrars to thrive.

According to him, the success of the NIRA registrars means the success of NIRA itself as a stakeholders’ organization.

ITRealms recalls that in the past four months of the NiRA’s registrar of the month, Upperlink Nigeria Limited, sweeping the best awards

These months comprised of August, September, October and November 2011 in that order.

As said by the chief operating officer, Nigeria Internet Registration Association, Mr. Ope Odusan congratulated Upperlink Nigeria Limited for making the Nigerian registrars proud.

He also said that Upperlink emerged the best registrar in the past four months by scoring the highest mark in registration of domain names under the dot ng (.ng) domain names.

Upperlink, he said, scored the highest mark in the aforementioned months with 2403 in the month of November, 627 in October, 419 in September and 230 domain name registrations in August 2011.

Odusan underscored the fact that the report of activities in the .ng Registry for the period, namely August 2011indicated that Upperlink registered the highest number of domains followed by Nairahost which scored the second place with 64 domains; while Websoft came third place with 55 domains.

For the month of September this year, Odusan said that Upperlink registered the highest
number of domains with 419 registrations, yet Nairahost came second with 99 domains whereas Websoft was scored third with 79 domains, even as Skannet came 4th with the registration of 52 domain names.

NIRA, he said, acknowledges the activities of all active Registrars for the  overall improvement in the number of domains registered during the period.

“We look forward to even greater activity in the .ng Registry in the months ahead,” he said.

ITRealms Online recalls that Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was founded on March 23, 2005 as a stakeholder-led organisation, charged with the management of the nation’s Country Code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD)

NiRA’s establishment was the end of a long period of inactivity and dispute on the appropriate management of this important National Resource. Coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as well as stakeholders within Nigeria’s Internet community participated in its formation.

Remmy Nweke
ITREALMS Online ... delivering news for ICT4D

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