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By Adejuwon OSUNNUYI

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has announced the commencement of nominations for its 2017 .ng Awards to be held in April.

The NiRA President, Rev. Sunday Folayan made the announcement while speaking during a Press conference held at NiRA House, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.

The maiden Award as held in 2016 as part of activities marking the 10th anniversary of NiRA.

The .ng string is a critical National resource and Nigeria’s unique identity on the World Wide Web.

NiRA, as an Industry-led stakeholder organization, is the registry for Nigerian Internet Domain Names (.ng), and maintains the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the interest of Nigerians and the global Internet community.

L-R: Representative of Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Collins Agu; President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Rev. Sunday Folayan; Treasurer, NIRA, Mr. Biyi Oladipupo and Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Edith Udeagu during a press conference on the Association’s signing of memorandum of understanding with African Network Information Centre(AFRINIC),kE and .ng Registries and 2017 .ng Awards in Lagos recently.

Rev. Folayan said the event is aimed at recognising and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and the promotion of DNS industry.

According to him, while NIRA acknowledges the great work being done out there and desire of people to know, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight, the .ng Awards, is aimed at celebrating the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives.

“The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and the promotion of the DNS Industry.” The NiRA boss said.

The awards, he said, is aimed to showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all.

The DailyBells Nigeria gathered that to qualify for the 2017 .ng Awards, nominees must meet all the Awards criteria which include:

• The Online presence must be outstanding

• Company, organization or individual must have registered and is active online with .ng domain name(s).

• The Domain name must have been registered for over 6 months.

• The website associated with the domain name must be active on the Internet.

While nomination for the .ng Awards by the general public to nominate organisations or individuals for the awards commences by Tuesday, 31 January 2017, it closes at midnight on Tuesday February 14, 2017.

Voting starts on Monday, February 20, 2017 and closes by midnight on Monday, 3rd April, 2017.

The url for nomination is http://www.nira.org.ng/voting

The DailyBells Nigeria gathered that the jury will review all entries/ nominations for eligibility and qualification to produce the final shortlist of nominees as the list nominees will be released for general public voting via the website.”

Folayan however stated that the Award Committee may reclassify or re-categorise entries and may remove entries that do not conform to the entry requirement.

“Entries that differ substantially from the award criteria will be disqualified without prior notice to the entrants.” He said.

For more information about the .ng, please visit www.nira.org.ng

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