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Nigeria achieves 138,060 domains on dot gov.ng and mil.ng - ITREALMS

Nigeria has achieved 138,060 domains exclusively in .gov.ng and .mil.ng respectively in the past 10 years, just as reviewed policy has been presented to stakeholders, ITREALMS can authoritatively report.

This was disclosed in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the public presentation of toe reviewed .Gov.ng and .Mil.ng Policy to stakeholders, on Thursday, by the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

ITREALMS gathered that the presentation attended by major stakeholders was held at NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja.

"We are happy to see the growth trend of .gov.ng and .mil.ng in Nigeria in recent times. The total number of registered .ng domains from inception till date, stands at 138,060 as at April 29, 2019," he revealed.

Pantami also disclosed that from this figure, 2,274 were on dot gov.ng while 278 were on dot mil.ng.

He noted that the total number of gov.ng and mil.ng domains registered since inception till October 2016 when he took office was 1,856, stressing that between November 2016 and April 2019, that 418 new domains were registered, which signifies a percentage increase of 18.3 per cent.

This growth, he attributed to various drives embarked upon by the agency at ensuring the adoption of the .gov.ng and .mil.ng.

"NITDA has also put in place a 24-hour helpline where our technical team can offer assistance on issues relating to domain name service.," he said.

In addition, he said NITDA is interacting with various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) via its email channels through which they offer and were able to solve various problems, ranging from change in names server to re-activation of inactive government domains.

ITREALMS reports that NITDA among other mandates "Ensures Internet governance and supervision of the management of the country code top-level domain (ccTLD - ng) on behalf of all Nigerians."

Pointing out that the .ng string management has been delegated to the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) which left the government to now play a supervisory role in the administration of the domains.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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