NIRA COO: We’ll take Nigeria’s .ng Internet domain name to grassroots

NIRA COO: We’ll take Nigeria’s .ng Internet domain name to grassroots

NIRA COO: We’ll take Nigeria’s .ng Internet domain name to grassroots

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Mrs Edith Udeagu, Chief Operating Officer of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) says that the nation’s .ng Internet domain name manager is taking the online resource “to the grassroots” across Nigeria.

The NIRA COO told Technology Times in an exclusive interview that the domain name manager has identified the spread of accredited registrant across the six geo political zones “as one of the effective ways to deepen awareness and increase the uptake of .ng domain name in Nigeria.”

Mrs Edith Udeagu, Chief Operating Officer of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), seen in photo, speaks at an exclusive interview at Technology Times office in Lagos
Encouraging the switch…Mrs Edith Udeagu, Chief Operating Officer of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), seen in photo, speaks at an exclusive interview at Technology Times office in Lagos

To drive the plans forward, NIRA is advocating that its growing base of accredited registrars needs to spread their tentacles across the different geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

“That way, they (the accredited registrars) will take the awareness closer to the grass root”, Udeagu told Technology Times to underscore the need to ensure that Nigerians use the country’s unique Internet name.[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]”There is no government law that says somebody should be on .ng apart from government establishments that are being encouraged to be on .ng. Forthe generality of Nigerians, we just want them to be patriotic knowing that being on .ng is a way of identifying ourselves; that we are Nigerians doing businesses in Nigeria and equally promoting our culture and it is going to be our own content we are uploading”, the NIRA COO says.[/quote]

”Like now, most of registrars are concentrated in Lagos. But we believe that if we have registrars in others states of the federation and other geographical locations, they will create awareness”, the NIRA COO says underscore efforts underway to boost the nationwide spread of partnership of accredited registrars.

With proper awareness on the Nigerian domain name, Udeagu said the local Internet content will not only be grown, but will help save Nigeria the huge capital flight that comes from over-dependence on foreign domain platforms imposed on the economy.

According to her, NIRA has been working with different government agencies at all tiers to boost uptake of .ng domain name among government institutions, businesses, business owners across Nigeria.

”We have been discussing with several government parastatals, like the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to encourage their members to register. We are also working with  Corporate Affair Commission (CAC), so that as new businesses are registering their names, they also take up .ng domain names.”

She however urged Nigerians to consider the importance of making use of local content by switching over to Nigeria’s i\Internet domain names otherwise called country code top level domain (ccTLD), .ng.

”There is no government law that says somebody should be on .ng apart from government establishments that are being encouraged to be on .ng. Forthe generality of Nigerians, we just want them to be patriotic knowing that being on .ng is a way of identifying ourselves; that we are Nigerians doing businesses in Nigeria and equally promoting our culture and it is going to be our own content we are uploading”, the NIRA COO says.

While stressing the importance of the use of the domain name by all Nigerians, she advise youngsters not to feel inferior in switching over from from foreign brands but urged them to see the current advocacy to switch as “a task that must be done.”

Kolade Akinola

Technology Journalist at Technology Times

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