NiRA to issue 100,000 free .ng domain names in 2014
Mrs. Mary Uduma Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the body that regulates the .ng domain, plans to give 100, 000 free domain names to interested Nigerians in 2014 as part of its plan to celebrate the nation’s 100 years anniversary next year. President of NiRA, Mrs. Mary Uduma, who made this disclosure in Lagos at the Registrars for
While assessing the adoption of .ng domain name in the country so far, the NiRA President said, “in 2009 we had less than 2,000 domain names but now we have about 50, 000.”um/end of the year get-together, said that the initiative was borne out of desire to promote the use of the .ng domain name by Nigerians.
Fielding questions on how Nigerians can benefit from the free domain name during the centenary celebration, she said that will be one of the mandates of the working committee constituted. Uduma said that it is up to the registrars to grab the opportunity; because they will be given free hosting which they will give to their registrants. This, she stressed, will open doors of loyalty between them and their registrants. The working committee chaired by Gbolade Odusami, is expected to be independent, as the board has clearly stated that there shall not be any interference in their activities. The NiRA boss opined that, “the Ministry shall be waiting to receive their recommendation by February; we can only support them with some logistic requirement but they will definitely be free to carry out their duties”. Part of the terms of reference of the working group include: to brainstorm on how best to ensure the domestication of local content in all registered domain names among others. NiRA has less than 50,000 registrants according to the industry data reeled out by Uduma at the forum but not without hope of increasing it by 250 per cent before the end of 2014 through increased awareness. “As part of our awareness programme, an agreement has been reached to have all states and local governments listed on the .ng domain before the end of 2014. Considerations are seriously being looked into the renewal fee of the N50, 000, with the intent of lowering it,” she said. She noted that the board will continue to work closely with the Registrars to make the programme a success.