.ng | Why Obasanjo became Nigeria ‘Internet Ambassador’

.ng | Why Obasanjo became Nigeria ‘Internet Ambassador’

.ng | Why Obasanjo became Nigeria ‘Internet Ambassador’

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Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, was named an Ambassador for Nigeria’s .ng Internet domain name, in recognition of his role in transfer of management of the online resource to the country.

The honour came the way of the former President in recognition of his role in the successful re-delegation of the online real estate during his tenure in office, the Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the group that manages the .ng domain name says.

Sunday Folayan, President of NiRA says the induction of former President Obasanjo as a .ng Ambassador, which was done at the association’s annual retreat held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, earlier in the year offered the body another opportunity for “reminiscences.”

According to NiRA President, Folayan, “Chief Obasanjo graced a session of the retreat and was briefed of the progress made, since the re-delegation of the national resource. Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the Secretary of the NiRA Board of Trustees was on ground to take Chief Obasanjo down the memory lane of how he, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), ensured that the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) delegation management was handed over to a multi-stakeholder body which birthed NiRA.”

“It was unbelievably exciting, recanting the re-delegation process of .ng to NiRA, which was made possible by the elder Statesman, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR. The occasion of the reminiscences, was the 2017 NiRA Retreat, at the Green Legacy Resort, Abeokuta, Ogun State”, NIRA says in a statement.

According to NiRA President, Folayan, “Chief Obasanjo graced a session of the retreat and was briefed of the progress made, since the re-delegation of the national resource. Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the Secretary of the NiRA Board of Trustees was on ground to take Chief Obasanjo down the memory lane of how he, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), ensured that the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) delegation management was handed over to a multi-stakeholder body which birthed NiRA.”

Folayan, who inducted the ex-President of Nigeria as a .ng Ambassador also recalls that, “despite the fact that this occurred in 2005, and with his many experiences in life, Chief Obasanjo could recall the events of that time, unbelievably and with remarkable ease.”

In his response to the conferment, Obasanjo thanked the NiRA team for the great job done so far and promised to ensure that all his online presence would be .ng compliant
On his part, the NiRA President wants Nigerians to identify with the .ng brand, which he cites as “our online identity.”

Folayan says “the use of the .ng brand would promote local content, local businesses, cultural heritage, grow the Nigerian economy, job and wealth creation, empower our youths, and conserve foreign exchange.”

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