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.
FG Introduces NEXIT Portal for Npower Batch A and B Beneficiaries
The Federal Government has introduced a new online portal for exited Npower beneficiaries of batch A and B.
According to the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq, the portal was launched in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enable exited Npower beneficiaries apply for available federal government empowerment options.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, the media aide to the minister, on Friday.
The ministry said the NEXIT portal will be used to determine the suitability of exited beneficiaries for various CBN-affiliated programmes.
She explained that selection will be based on the conditions and criteria set by the apex bank.
Ms Farouq, therefore, urged interested exited Npower beneficiaries to log on to the NEXIT portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into central bank’s intervention options.
“The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
“Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavours.”
Ellah Lakes Partner Ondo State Government to Develop Oil Palm, Cassava in the State
The management of Ellah Lakes Plc said it has partnered with Ondo State Government to develop and manage 5000 hectares of land for the purpose of cultivating oil palm and cassava in Ondo State, Nigeria.
The company stated in a statement signed by Kenechi Ezezika, Company Secretary, Ellah Lakes Plc.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer, Chuka Mordi said: “This is a significant landmark for the Company in the development of our landbank, & we are very excited to be working with ODSG.
“I am delighted that we are fulfilling our strategic objective of progressively expanding our land bank & diversifying our portfolio and production base. I am also glad to say that the intercropping programme in Edo State is progressing steadily & we have achieved our first milestone of 100Hectares of Cassava with the participation of personnel of the Agricultural Development Program (ADP), in Edo State”.
The Special Adviser on Development & Investment to the Ondo State Governor/ Chief Executive Officer of Ondo State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr. Akinboye Oyewumi, who also spoke on the development said: “We are pleased with this collaboration with Ellah Lakes Plc., and we look forward to a mutually beneficial, valuable and fruitful venture.”
Unilever Nigeria Appoints Mr Jaime Aguilera as a Non-Executive Director
Unilever Nigeria Plc announced it has appointed Mr. Jaime Aguilera as a Non-Executive Director of the company effective from January 2021.
The company stated in a statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Mr Jaime Aguilera worked with Coca-cola, Nestle and Procter & Gamble before joining Unilever as Executive Vice President Unilever Eastern Europe in September 2016.
Therefore, his experience spans from Europe, Americas and Asia.
His key expertise areas are “in Sales & Marketing and he has lead teams in Spain, Brazil, South Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico and Global teams.
“In 2009, he joined Unilever Spain as EVP & Chairman and then moved to his current role as Unilever Executive Vice President Africa, leading the Unilever business in Africa. Jaime is of Spanish origin and is an alumnus of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas- ICADE. Jaime majored in Economic Sciences, Management & Business Administration.”
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