[AfrICANN-discuss] NITDA, Nira Sign Pact On Nigeria Web

Anne-Rachel Inné annerachel at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 12:42:02 SAST 2008

*NITDA, Nira Sign Pact On Nigeria Web*

This Day (Lagos) http://allafrica.com/stories/200801170278.html

17 January 2008
Posted to the web 17 January 2008

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigerian
Internet Re-gistration Association (NiRA), yesterday in Abuja, signed a
memorandum of understanding MoU for management of the nation's web domain.

The address of the country's web domain is .ng. The MOU gave NiRA the sole
authority to administer the Nigerian Country Code Top Level Domain

Professor Cleopas Angaye, NITDA Director General, said at theceremony, that
"with this development, all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies
(MDAs) should take measure to establish their presence on the web."MDA's
should ensure that any existing web sites are migrated to the country's top
level .ng domain. Section 17(4) of the Information Technology Act makes it
an offence for anyone to disregard such guidelines issued under the act," he
said, adding that NiRA would facilitate the tracking of "419" mails
emanating from the country.

Mr Ndukwe Kalu, NiRA President, said the Association would work to ensure
that the .ng domain competed favourably with other domains globally and
appealed to Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora, whom he claimed
owned over a million domains, to migrate to the .ng domain.

"The .ng domain will present a platform for an internet revolution on the
African continent," he said.Kalu said the network would have multiple
servers hosted in serval points, both in and outside the country to
ensureoptimal operation.
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