[AfrICANN-discuss] Nigeria Attains Full Control of .ng ccTLD

Edouard M edouard at ricta.org.rw
Tue May 19 13:37:28 SAST 2009

That is great.

Anne-Rachel Inné wrote:
> http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=143666
>     Nigeria Attains Full Control of .ng ccTLD
> By Efem Nkanga, 05.18.2009
> The Nigerian Internet community has effected the  redelegation of the 
> .ng ccTLD and attained  full local management of the domain.  The 
> President, Internet Registration Association of Nigeria , Engr Ndukwe 
> Kalu, disclosed this in a statement made available to THISDAY yesterday.
> Ndukwe stated that Nigeria had for long sought for full control which 
> if finally attained at ‘’exactly 4pm GMT May 13, 2009, when  Verisign 
> made the ICANN approved root server changes to the .ng ccTLD, a few 
> hours later ICANN/IANA effected the board approved redelegation of the 
> Nigerian ccTLD on the IANA website’’ He reiterated that ‘’This 
> effectively brings to an end the long drawn desire and expectation of 
> the Nigerian Internet community to effect redelegation of the .ng 
> ccTLD and full local management’’.
> Ndukwe went down memory lane and disclosed that the .ng ccTLD journey 
> started in 1995 with the first delegation to one of   Mrs Ibukun 
> Odusote as the then admin contact. He added that by 2004 with the 
> intervention of the former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun 
> Obasanjo the Nigerian Internet community represented by the G22 
> reached a consensus on a not for profit all inclusive body to manage 
> the .ng ccTLD. With the formation and final election of the NIRA 
> executive board in May 2007 the stage was then set for conclusion of 
> the redelegation process and fully localize the management of the ng 
> cc TLD
> He added that the attempt to obtain full control met with a lot of 
> challenges because as a totally new entity the executive had to 
> concentrate on putting in place the required structure and 
> infrastructure that would sustain the .ng ccTLD. He added that the 
> efforts has however paid off because the .ng ccTLD would now be 
> offering its domains in the ccTLD with the most robust technical 
> infrastructure in Africa . The .ng ccTLD according to him is the only 
> ccTLD with multiple anycast name servers offering local resolutions of 
> .ng domain in over 40 cities in five continents with a 100% uptime 
> guarantee. He reiterated that apart from that Nigeria is the second 
> country in Africa to have a fully automated registry with full EPP 
> access making it of global standard that allow registrars from all 
> over the world to interact with it.  Now with the Nigerian registry 
> anyone can register a .ng in seconds and be sure that the name would 
> always be available and visitors to the websites would get 
> translations of the domain names in over 40 local cities making for 
> better web experience.
> Ndukwe added that this was a defining moment  for  the Nigerian 
> Internet community and Nigerians.  He added that the redelgation makes 
> NIRA the sponsoring organization and manager of the .nccTLD bringing  
> the .ng as desired to the greater participation of all stakeholders 
> both government and private sector. He stressed that it has also 
> accorded the former head of NITDA the late Prof Ajayi a new peace as 
> one of his key desires comes to pass and his name is rested from the 
> IANA website. According to him, with the change NIRA has deemphasized 
> personalization of the domain managers but rather has used roles with 
> the admin contact as the role of NIRA President.
>  He also emphasized that the issue NIRA has to grapple with now is 
> that of the full population of the .ng ccTLD, a task which he 
> described as very daunting because of the primary reason that all of 
> the African ccTLDs put together cannot make the ccTLD Top 25. He 
> stated that for an Information Age where the main asset is knowledge, 
> a firm presence in cyberspace cannot be overemphasized. According to 
> him NIRA is set to tackle this challenge by massively pursuing the  
> population of the .ng ccTLD. It would start this quest by coming out 
> with key projects to achieve this. The vision of NIRA is domiciled in 
> making   Nigeria to make the ccTLD top 20 by year 2011. He emphasised 
> that this vision is not just for the sake of making the top 20 but to 
> positively impact the Nigerian economy because with the development of 
> the Nigerian cyberspace countless opportunities would be born for both 
> the state and citizens.
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