With only 800,000 registered names, NIRA President says Nigerians are not adopting .ng domains

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[Lagos]–Mr. Sunday Folayan, President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has lamented the poor adoption of the nation’s domain, dotng, among Nigerians, saying that only 80,000 dotng (.ng) domain names have been registered so far in Nigeria.

Folayan disclosed this during the NIRA 2017 .ng Awards, aimed at celebrating the achievements and innovation of Nigerian internet initiatives on Friday in Lagos.

He said that the uptake and registration of .ng, which is the Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), was low and needed to be embraced by Nigerians.

The President further compared the figure mentioned to that of South Africa with a lesser population compared to Nigeria. According to him, South Africa, with a population of 57 million people, has over a million domains registered under .za, as its ccTLD.

He mention that having realized this problem, the NIRA has resolved to ensure that proper education and orientation is given to enhance penetration of domain usage.

He appealed to the the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to support the association with “generous allocation worthy of a campus for a centre of excellence”.

”This abysmal comparison led NIRA to do a deep introspect, where we recognised that education, especially which leads to entrepreneurship and job creation, is the major driver of domain name penetration.

“NIRA has established the `NIRA Academy’, which will soon assume its position as the centre of excellence in Domain Name System (DNS) in Africa”, he said.

He further stated that NIRA’s stakeholders have also decided to market the brand via their various advert campaigns and the momentum is building gradually.

“One feels joyous, riding in the Lagos traffic because one can be sure of sighting .ng domain names on cars and buses as they ply the roads

“The sight of billboards with .ng domain names, especially in some streets of Nigerian towns, is no longer strange.

“In spite of those great strides, the awareness bug is yet to bite deeper in states outside Lagos”, he said.

Mr. Folayan also called on Nigerians to embrace their own on the internet, noting that more Nigerians need to adopt the country’s CcTLD.

“It is right to flaunt our national identity in cyberspace; it is our own; it is our pride,”he added.

Among the awards given were the categories of“.ng Company of the Year’’, “Start-up Company of the Year’’, “Best Local Hosting Company’’ and “Best e-Payment Website/Portal”.




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