Nigeria today said that it has successfully used price cuts to spike the uptake of the country’s .ng domain name by the Internet community.
Reverend Sunday Folayan, President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) today told the 8th Annual General Meeting of the domain name body in Lagos that the Nigerian domain name service has grown in business and robustness of infrastructure.
“The year 2015 was an eventful one, with an increase in the number of NiRA Accredited Registrars to 53. NiRA saw a minimum of 1500 new domains being registered and at least 1000 domains being renewed month-on-month. The number of new domains registered in 2015 stood at 22,113 and renewals was 14, 462”, Folayan told the meeting this morning in Lagos.
”From the onset, to ensure NIRA meets the yearnings of all stakeholders. I made it clear to all that I was open to ideas and suggestions. Several suggestions have been made by stakeholders, but the main one is price reduction of the .ng domain names”, the NIRA President says.
”The premise being that the cheaper the registration and renewal prices of the .ng domain names, the more Nigerians will patronize the .ng domain names.The boards acted and the price of the domain name registration was reduced at the second level”, according to Folayan who also set out an ambitious plan to surpass the one million mark in the next few years.
” As already discussed by stakeholder during the 7th AGM, in less than two years Nigeria should be counting .ng domain names in millions”, according to him noting that in the year 2015 communication strategic plans and implementation were targeted towards further awareness and growth of the .ng brand.[quote font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]”From the onset, to ensure NIRA meets the yearnings of all stakeholders. I made it clear to all that I was open to ideas and suggestions. Several suggestions have been made by stakeholders, but the main one is price reduction of the .ng domain names”, the NIRA President says.[/quote]
“I must acknowledge the NiRA Accredited Registrars who are working extremely tirelessly to increase the number of the registered .ng domain names. Some Registrars offer youth empowerment programs to create awareness of the domain name industry, and they were and are very creative in their marketing skills and offered many services as incentives with the registration of domain names.’’
According to Folayan, NIRA, the domain name managers for Nigeria has opened up the .i.ng zone for registration to serve as another platform in promoting the .ng ccTLD and growth of.ng domain names across Nigeria and beyond.
He says the new zone on Nigeria’s online real estate will enhance the possibility of serving specific individual trades and interest groups.
In addition, NiRA set up a new committee named “Stakeholders Engagement Committee’’ which the President says was “charged with the task of interfacing with the Federal, State and Local Governments, the Organised Private Sector as well as various Civil Societies.’’
On his part, the Vice President of NiRA, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, who read out the association’s 2015 AGM report cites that notable achievements of the body include the commissioning of NiRA’s office complex; Commissioning of NiRA Academy & Resource Centre; introduction of ‘.i.ng’ zone for registration; reactivation of Switchto.ng initiative; employment of new staff members, among several others.
This year’s AGM equally saw Mr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, Managing Director of Medallion communication elected to the NiRA Executive Board by the members of the association. The electronically-conducted election saw Nnamani poll a total number of 25 votes against that of his counterpart, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, who polled a total of 4 votes.
The newly elected Board member thanked NiRA for the opportunity to be a member of the Board and promised to apply his several years’ wealth of experience in the corporate world in moving the Association forward.
The AGM was well-attended by registered NiRA members and members of the NiRA Board of Trustees who were all satisfied with the Association’s performance in the preceding year.