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NIRA elects new president, changes to Registry Administrators

Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has elected Mr. Sunday Folayan as its 3rd Executive President at the 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association, as it adopts a change of status from an Internet Registration Association to Internet Registry Administrators, ITRealms reports.   

Folayan, who was handed over the mantle of leadership by consensus of NIRA registrars and financial members, ran for the office unopposed, with three other members, Muhammed Rudman, Sunday Olutayo and Segun Akano, elected into the board.

Highlighting most of her achievements, out-going
president, Mrs. Mary Uduma, said the association has fared well under her leadership. “Most importantly”, she said, “is the purchase and renovation of 
the NIRA Office Complex, where most Committee and Executive Board of Directors meetings are now been held.”  

Mrs. Uduma also noted that her regime recorded a growth in registered domain names. She said, “Newly registered domain names in the year stood at 18,870, with a marginal growth from 16,911 in 2013”.

The New President is also the Chief Executive Officer of General Data Engineering Services, SKANNET. In his acceptance speech, he promised to use his wealth of experience in the industry to ginger effective participation of entrepreneurs and registered businesses in Nigerian.

“We would first create the need and the demand, we would ensure that people have their own personal domains, either in the name space or .ng space; and also ensure we work with appropriate authorities to empower more businesses to be able to run their own domain names.”  He said.

Similarly, the association in line with its mission to be the administrator for the Nigeria Country Code Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD), unanimously adopted a proposal to change its status as Nigeria Internet Registration Association to the Nigeria Internet Registry Administrators.

The reason for the change, according to the association, is central to the understanding of the word ‘association’, which to them reflects an entity without a long life span. Stating that an association is an organization that can be here today and be born elsewhere tomorrow.

ITRealms learnt that the newly elected President is the immediate past Vice President, Executive Board of Directors, and the Chairman of the Africa Network Information Centre (AfriNIC), also a member of the Board National Information Technology development Agency (NITDA) and Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN).

Nsolibe Daniel/Ed, Ops.

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