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[rpd] Re: [afnog] A typical case of abuse of our resources!!!

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Fri Sep 19 13:45:52 UTC 2014


Again, I state here that I wrote in my personal capacity and not as a member of the board or any other organisation that I may be associated with.

I have long argued (and continue to argue) that without policy that allows board involvement specifically in the policy, the board has zero mandate to get involved in IP allocations.  The rules around IP allocations are set by the PdP, which is a defined process/body within the bylaws.  The board approves policy, it does not set it, and I would argue it would be seriously amiss if the board were to start playing in policy and bypassing the PdP.

If policies are being misinterpreted by the host masters, either the policy wording is ambiguous or the case can be appealed to the operational management if someone feels the hostmasters are not doing their jobs (and I myself have followed this route in the past where there has been disagreement).  But nowhere in any policy or in any bylaw is a mandate handed to the board to get involved in IP allocations or IP allocation policy.

If you wish to see that you have two options a.) either write policy and get it approves that entrenches that position or b.) Get the bylaws modified to extend the mandate of the board.  If you wish for (b) it will have to be done at an AGMM and approved by 2/3rds of the membership base present as are the rules for bylaw amendment.

Andrew Alston
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From: Kofi ANSA AKUFO <kofi.ansa at<mailto:kofi.ansa at>>
Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:36 PM
To: Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at<mailto:sfolayan at>>
Cc: AfriNIC Discuss <members-discuss at<mailto:members-discuss at>>, AfriNIC Resource Policy <rpd at<mailto:rpd at>>, "afnog at<mailto:afnog at>" <afnog at<mailto:afnog at>>, AfriNIC Board of Directors' List <board at<mailto:board at>>, Andrew Alston <andrew.alston at<mailto:andrew.alston at>>
Subject: Re: [afnog] A typical case of abuse of our resources!!!

On 19 September 2014 17:17, Sunday Folayan <sfolayan at<mailto:sfolayan at>> wrote:
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Dear Kofi,

On 19/09/2014 13:28, Kofi ANSA AKUFO wrote:
> Perhaps the community should be asking you if it is ... Sour
> grapes?
>> Come on Sunday lets not resort to personal attacks but rather
>> address there issues in the discussion. Again lets address the
>> issues.

When you alluded to some "So called Management", was I the one
resorting to foul language? I was just trying to let you know that
some people are reading, and they can THINK. Why not take Randy's advise?

Agreed and sincerely apologize that was not meant to be interpreted that way.

> If you have the slightest idea about how we can keep African
> Addresses in Africa for the sake of Africans, bring it on. I will
> support you to high heavens.
> Exactly - the first process is learning to ask the right
> questions.

I enrolled, but dropped out of the Ph.D. class ;)

Please lets stick to policy discussion and issues relating.

>> Should we be asking "how to keep African Addresses in Africa for
>> the sake of Africans" given the inherent globalization footprints
>> of these internet resources?
>> OR
>> Should we be asking how to exploit the challenges and impact of
>> current technologies (State of art Data Centers,Virtualization,
>> City Surveillance Systems, R&D etc) which are gradually becoming
>> defacto standards with our Regions Allocations to spark regional
>> development.

No matter the question you want to pose ... show me a solution and I
will advocate it. Again, I joined by asking you to light the candle
and not curse the darkness. You have worked in AfriNIC and know by now
where policies are needed. Why not propose some policy and save us
this rigmarole?

There are existing policies in place already which need better implementation. Please refer to IPv4 Allocation policy link  below

I have pointed out how hostmasters make recommendations to management so I ask again;

For such large allocations would it not be good for board involvement ?
who evaluate and allocate the /12?
Would you agree with me the persons responsible should see if the usage  comply and if not REACT?

We should not run AfriNIC like some African states, where executive
power does things, instead of the laid down rules. In fact, we should
resist just that. I am a firm believer in the fact that Government
should be of laws, rather than of men.

I am assuming that all the other issues I responded to, are now
rested, within the confines of your privileged position of being
sheltered in the organization before.

No Sunday similar questions were asked in DJ and no answers to date we need answers. Not addressing the questions really "lights candles" if you agree with me.


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