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

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Tue May 19 15:46:39 SAST 2009

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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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