NITDA, NIRA to give free domain name to newly registered companies

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By Ogaga Ariemu

The National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) and the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), have pledged to work hand in hand to ensure global visibility for Nigerian companies by giving free .com.ng domain name to newly registered companies.

This disclosure was made during a working visit to NITDA by NiRA top management led by the President Mr. Rudman Muhammed.

During which the Director General, NITDA,  Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi and Mr Rudman said that they would put modalities in place to ensure global visibility for Nigerian companies to promote the Digital Economy Agenda for a Digital Nigeria.

The visit was in part to solicit for the Agency’s supports going forward and to also present the report of her 12th Annual General Meeting held virtually on Thursday, 30th July 2020 to the DG, NITDA.

Mr. Rudman revealed that the Association is making frantic effort to promote digital economy by  offering free .com.ng domain name to newly registered companies by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), “we are seeking the NITDA’s assistance for the CAC/NIRA Integration platform,” he said.

“This means automation of the system such that someone registering a company with CAC will have the option of taking a .com.ng domain name,”  he explained.

Mr. Rudman added that the initiative would give global visibility to Nigerian companies by giving them an opportunity to have web presence.

He disclosed further that the Association is trying to domesticate the internet with the objective of hosting websites locally with resultant effect of increasing the internet speed and reduction in the cost of data usage.

Meanwhile, Mr Kashifu while addressing the  delegates said it is important for the Agency and the Association to be strategic partners to make resounding impact in the IT sector.

He urged NiRA to be more innovative, improve on their activities in collaboration with NITDA.

Abdullahi encouraged the Association to not only be reporting to NITDA but to also align their activities to various NITDA’s Initiatives, adding that government and private sector needs each other.

“The role of government is to create an enabling environment for you to succeed and your part is to tell the government what it is you need to succeed,” he advised.

Abdullahi maintained that NiRA as  registrars they needed to know who own the company they are registering and he urged NiRA to come up with a Know Your Customer (KYC) Policy in other to assist themselves and the security agencies in case of eventualities.

NiRA submitted to NITDA its annual report and presented it future plans to the Agency in line with the statutory Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) between NITDA and the Association to present annual report to the Agency.