NIRA Moves to Drive Domain Name with Security Extension


Determined to increase the number of .ng Domain Name users from its current 40, 000 to 100, 000 by the end of the year, President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIRA), Mrs. Mary Uduma, has said the recent collaboration of NIRA with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will help achieve the goal.

Uduma who spoke with THISDAY at a workshop where NIRA collaborated with ICANN on Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in Lagos, said DNSSEC, which provides security for online transaction, would further drive .ng domain name penetration in the country.

Uduma who frowned at the unusual high patronage of .com domain name at the detriment of .ng domain name, which is Nigeria’s identity in cyberspace, called on government to come up with policy that will encourage Nigerians to switch over from a foreign domain name, the .com, to Nigeria’s country domain name, the .ng, insisting that Nigerians should be proud of their own country code Top Level Domain Name called the ccTLD.

According to Uduma, Nigeria has image challenges with the outside world and it is only the .ng domain name that could clean us up of such negative perception that the western world has against Nigeria.

“Government makes policy and it is expected that government come up with policy around public key infrastructure, which the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is already doing,” she said.

“What we aim to achieve with the collaboration with ICANN, is to boost confidence and enhance trust in our domain name, which is the dot ng domain name. When guide lines are established on public key infrastructure, it will sensitise operators to comply with the guidelines, which will eventually increase .ng domain name among Nigerians,” Uduma said.

“Our Partnership with ICANN is for the benefit of Nigerians because ICANN is bringing DNSSEC free of charge to Nigeria, to secure all online transactions carried out on the .ng domain name. We are also creating more awareness among Nigerians, with our recent campaign to pull people out of .com to .ng and we have also open up our second level domain name to everyone,” Uduma said.