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The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), the registry that controls the administration of .ng domain name, which is Nigeria’s identity in the cyberspace,  recorded 22,113 additional domain name registrations from January to December 2015. The figure, which is an improvement on the 18,870 domain names registered in 2014, brings the total number of registered domain names in the country, to about 60,000.

According to latest statistics released on NiRA’s website, the total number of domain registration for the year ending 2015 was 22,113, and the number of renewal of existing registered domain names in the same year, was 14,462. The figures for 2014 were 18,870 for new registration, and 11,319 for renewal.
President of NiRA, Mr. Sunday Afolayan, who confirmed the figures, said association  also witnessed an increase in the number of NiRA accredited registrars which rose by  five.

“NiRA can now boast of having 53 accredited registrars. We are hopeful the numbers will increase in 2016 with the additional accreditation of local and foreign registrars. It has been proved that with more registrars across the country, Nigerian presence online would increase,” Afolayan said.

A breakdown of the figures for new domain name registration in 2015, show that NiRA recorded the highest number of new .ng domain name registration in July with 2,260 registrations, while it recorded the highest number of renewal of existing registered domain names in March, with 1,362 renewals.

In January 2015, NiRA recorded 1,542 new domain name registrations, 1,029 renewals and 41 transfers of domain name from one registrar to another. In February, it recorded 1,512 new domain name registrations, 1,009 renewals and 45 transfers. In December 2015, it recorded 1,789 new registrations, 1,214 renewals and 85 transfers of domain names.

Explaining the technical details of renewals and transfers, Afolayan said domain names are sold at a cost and also renewed at a yearly cost. The transfers, he said, occur where registrants are not satisfied with the services of a registrar that was managing the domain name, and decided to transfer the services to another registrar, based on dissatisfaction. He, however, said the number of transfers has reduced in recent times, and that NiRA is working towards reducing the number further by ensuring that registrars offer satisfactory services to registrants.

Speaking about NiRA’s plans for 2016, Afolayan told THISDAY that NiRA expects a significant growth in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry , which will give better numbers than what was achieved in 2015.

“We will conduct more trainings on DNS related topics, as well as entrepreneurship trainings that would boost awareness of .ng and the DNS industry especially among our youths.  All our activities are geared towards promoting local content in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. We are hopeful that more Nigerians would be online for the right reasons, especially with the federal government’s plan to increase broadband penetration. This will definitely help to grow the Nigerian economy,” Afolayan said.

He added that NiRA also plans to embark on an extensive online campaign to advocate and promote the adoption of .ng in the country.

“I have no doubt that NiRA is empowering youths, creating wealth and building a prominent space for our registry in the future of Nigeria. There is therefore a need to encourage the Nigerian youths to improve on their Information Technology (IT) skills, which would definitely create job opportunities and ultimately develop our economy. Let us continue to think locally, while acting globally,” Afolayan said.

In technical parlance, .ng domain name is Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) system,  that identifies Nigerians, and provides access to online transactions on the web. Nigeria has several extensions of domain names such as .ng, .com.ng, .name.ng, .gov.ng, .org.ng, .edu.ng, among others, which are categorised under first, second and third level domain names.

Each country has its own unique identity on cyberspace for all transactions that have to do with world wide web (www). South Africa is identified with .za, Canada is identified with .ca, United States is identified with.com. United Kingdom is identified with .co.uk, among other countries that have unique cyber identities.

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FG Installs And Commissions N8 Billion Cargo Scanners at Lagos Port

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The federal government has finally put the N8 billion non-intrusive inspection (NII) equipment, also known as cargo scanners, at the Apapa Port complex after receiving widespread condemnation and criticism for continuing 100% cargo examination despite the purchase of cargo scanners.

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) officers are suspected of sabotaging the scanners, which have been abandoned at the country’s seaports for more than a year. Yesterday, the scanners were officially launched by Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget, and national planning.

Speaking at the commissioning of the three new scanners, Ahmed thanked the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approving the purchase, installation, and training of 120 service officers as well as the approval of the scanners.

However, she asserted that the project would undoubtedly help the NCS carry out its mandates, in keeping with the Administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari‘s top priorities of eradicating poverty and fostering favorable macroeconomic conditions for long-term growth and development.

She asserts that the scanner has the ability to find illegal imports concealed in cargoes and that it allows for the scanning of more cargoes while achieving the desired efficiency and effectiveness in the cargo examination procedures.

“The commissioning of these three non-intrusive scanners is in line with efforts to expedite Customs operations and achieve its mandate of ease of doing business, trade facilitation and preventing port congestion.”

“These three scanners will help increase revenue for government and improve national security. It will also help enhance the remote audit trail of goods within the port system,” she said.

She implored the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), port terminal operators and all stakeholders in the port to cooperate with NCS to take full advantage of the scanners, saying the equipment have the capacity to process up to 500 containers in a day.

Earlier, the Comptroller General Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd), explained that the scanners commissioned were an intervention pending the start of the Customs modernisation project, which will deploy 135 scanners.

Ali stated that by 2023, scanners would be installed throughout Nigeria as part of the current administration’s reform strategy.

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Nigeria, China to Collaborate on Movie Production

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The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jinachun, has called for a collaboration between the Nigerian movie industry and China film industry.

The Chinese Ambassador who made the statement at the opening of the Fourth Asian Film Festival and movie screening in Abuja noted that such would promote harmony, peace and unity between both countries. 

According to the ambassador, Nigeria is important to Africa and the Nollywood movie industry had taken the lead with a huge potential of driving a movie partnership between Africa and Asia. 

Investors King understands that this is not the first time both countries will call for such collaboration. 

Envoys from both countries have hinted at a possible collaboration in that regard. 

In July 2022, the Nigerian Consul General in China, H. E. Chimezie Okeoma Ogu sought a partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the government of the People’s Republic of China in the areas of film production. 

Chimezie positioned that such collaboration will not only enhance the relationship, it will also give room to knowledge transfer and provision of hi-tech resolution equipment in the African entertainment industry. 

The Consular added that Nigeria stands to benefit a lot from the partnership noting that the movie industry in Nigeria is rated as the third-largest globally, accounting for five percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, (GDP). 

Similarly, speaking during the opening of the Fourth Asian Film Festival and movie screening yesterday, the Chinese Ambassador also reiterated the benefits of the partnership. 

“You know in Asia we have 47 countries, in the African continent we have 54 countries, so we can work together to produce films for the harmony of the people, society and the nations,” he said. 

Speaking further, he added that Nigeria can take the lead owing to the large nature of the Nollywood industry. 

“Nigeria particularly leads in producing in the film industry, so I think this kind of factor will give a big push and big momentum to develop Nollywood” he concluded. 

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SPAR Nigeria Begins Black Friday Sales

SPAR to begin Black Friday sales on Friday, November 25, 2022

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SPAR Market, Nigeria’s leading supermarket and department store, has announced that its annual Black Friday Sales will begin on Friday, November 25, 2022. 

The company said in a statement that it expects this to be one of its biggest Black Friday events ever, thanks to the appointment of Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham as its Black Friday ambassador.

“This year, SPAR offers massive offers up to 70% off in electronics, home appliances, mobile phones, computers, wines and spirits, groceries, clothing, watches, furniture, and more,” it said.

“Spar market has also organised several engaging games for their customers to win amazing prizes at all their stores nationwide.”

The SPAR license for Nigeria was granted to the Artee Group, a leading retail operator in Lagos, in 2009.  SPAR’s presence in Nigeria has grown steadily over the years. The partner assessed the market potential and developed the brand through a combination of new build and conversion stores, establishing brand recognition among shoppers and local entrepreneurs capable of supplying local products to this organized retail network.

SPAR is the world’s largest voluntary food retail chain. The company began with a single Dutch store in 1932 and has since expanded to over 13,600 locations in 48 countries across four continents.  SPAR’s growth has been supported by a set of values that have guided the organization since its inception 90 years ago. At the heart of these core values is the commitment of SPAR independent entrepreneurs to collaborate in all areas of wholesale and retail to ensure we serve our local communities with passion while being authentic in everything we do.

The story of SPAR in its early years is the story of its founder, Adriaan van Well, an innovative Dutch wholesaler with a clear vision for SPAR’s future. He was inspired by a simple yet powerful philosophy based on the concept of voluntary retailing: independent wholesalers and retailers can achieve more by working together than by working alone. SPAR’s philosophy today is based on the vision of benefiting from collaboration by pooling resources and scale.

Investors King will keep you updated on future Black Friday sales. 

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