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

Dr Yassin Mshana ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Tue May 19 22:03:30 SAST 2009

Well done!! Very Well done!
Good luck to all at .ng (dot 9ja!) ....

2009/5/19 Eric M.K Osiakwan <emko at internetresearch.com.gh>

> Loud applause......
> On 19 May 2009, at 13:56, 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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