Thursday, April 21, 2022

NITDA gets enforcement committee on .ng compliance - ITREALMS

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Aligning with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval for all government-owned websites and official email correspondences to be on ng domain names, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has set up an enforcement committee to monitor compliance, reports 
ITREALMS

FEC, ITREALMS recalled, had on February 16, 2022 approved the National Second Level Domain Policy which makes the Nigeria's second-level domain mandatory for all Federal Ministry, Departments and Agencies.

A press statement available to 
ITREALMS, NITDA hinted that as part of its mandate is to enable (NITDA Act, 2007) of Second Schedule Section 6(m) to manage and administer Nigeria's ccTLD (.ng).

This power, the agency said, gives NITDA the authority to allocate and administer the Nigerian Government Second-Level domains on .gov.ng; .edu.ng; .mil.ng; .sch.ng and any other second-level domain name that may be approved in the future.

"Following the approval of the policy, NITDA has inaugurated a 14-man enforcement committee to monitor its implementation," the agency said.

The new policy is expected to drastically enhance public confidence in the authenticity and security of information and other services accessed from government-owned websites.

The Federal Government's desire through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is to move all its information and services online on the Nigerian Government Second-Level domains. The online presence of the Nigerian government in her identity is a strategy for dominance in the digital economy. The use of generic domains and private emails for Government businesses and correspondences impedes the Nigerian government's identity, security, and global recognition on the internet.

Ninety-nine per cent of MDAs are confirmed to have made the transition to the .ng domain at the federal level, and they have maintained compliance with the Nigeria ccTLD scheme. Unfortunately, it is not the same at the state and local government levels, where 80% of administration websites and mail addresses lack the .ng validation.

Therefore, the newly inaugurated committee, NITDA official said, has mapped out a strategy for transitioning all remaining government websites and mail addresses at all levels to .ng domains. NITDA, as a result of this, is requesting that all government websites and email addresses at all levels use the .ng domain henceforth.

"We advise that MDAs at all levels should stop using domains from the internet providers or mail providers. NITDA is working with the relevant organizations to ensure that all government institutions have access to dedicated domain names. We are also asking the service providers to support this initiative by ascertaining that any government domain to be registered by them conforms to this directive to ensure the general adoption of .ng," part of the statement read.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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