Muhammed Rudman, CEO of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), has been elected President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), managers of Nigeria’s .ng Internet domain name.
Rudman, who was unopposed in the election held yesterday replaces Reverened Sunday Folayan, whose tenure ended at the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held yesterday in Lagos.
Mary Uduma, a former President of the association was the electoral chairperson of the electronic voting exercise adopted by members to elect the new leadership of NiRA.
Apart from the new President, Oloruntoba Olaniyi CEO of Whogohost, was also elected Vice President of NiRA.
Olaniyi who contested with Biyi Oladipo for the seat of Vice President polled a total of 103 votes agaisnt that of his contender, who polled 71 votes.
Two new board members, Akinsanya Adesola and Olawale Roberts, also emerged at the AGM that served as a platform for the discussion of pertinent issues bordering on the achievements and challenges of the association.
In his acceptance speech, Rudman, thanked the members for confidence reposed in him, stressing his readiness to lead the association to attain greater heights.
According to him, his goal is to “become the leading registry in Africa by making .ng the preferred domain to Nigerians. I want a 100% increase in new domain registrations annually for the next four years.’’
He told attendees at the AGM that, “also my strategic objectives are, I want to open up the two and one character domain name and also allow geonames registration except on .gov.ng and also liaise with law enforcement agencies and various Nigerian CERTs for quick resolution of criminal issues related to .ng domains.’’
Rudman encouraged NiRA members to remain diligent in their operations, adding that the industry is a breeding ground for future leaders of the country.
“I want to strengthen existing registrars and also attract more companies to NiRA registrars and resellers. I also want to develop new markets by having at least on registrar or reseller in each state of the federation”, Rudman adds.
Other members of the new NiRA Board include its Directors, Mrs Nkem Nweke; Mr. Murtala Abdullahi; Dr. Eugene Ohu; Mr. Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, Jnr and Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, who is the Treasurer and Mr. Biyi Oladipo, the Financial Secretary.
On his part, Chief Chima Onyekwere, Chairman, Board of Trustees, NiRA congratulated the new board and applauded the outgoing leadership for their contributions to the association.
On his part, Folayan expressed gratitude to God for the successes and progress that NIRA made during his tenure.
“It is my pleasure, to congratulate the new team that we elected to lead NIRA for the next two years.
“God will give you all the unction you need to function in the roles you have all been elected to. Amen”, he says.
He assured the new leadership of “undivided loyalty and support for you and your team, as you pilot the affairs of our dear association. May God give you grace, wisdom, courage and all other essentials to be successful.”