Lagos – Mr Sunday Folayan, the President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), has urged stakeholders to help boost Nigeria’s online presence in 2016 and beyond.
Folayan made the plea in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday.
He said that the increase of the country’s presence online would ensure the growth of the economy.
According to him, the country can boost its internet presence but Nigerians must claim their own online identity.
“As the year 2016 unfolds, we are counting on our community, the stakeholders and affiliates, accredited registrars, resellers, registrants and our members to support the needed increase of Nigeria’s online presence, so that we can grow our economy.
“Have you registered your ng domain name? If yes, what about your friends? Have you shared the exciting opportunities with them? If not, it is time to act.
“The year 2016 has started on a very good note and we expect a significant growth in the Domain Name System (DNS) industry this year, which will give us better numbers than what we got in 2015.
“We will conduct more trainings on DNS related topics, as well as entrepreneurship trainings that will boost awareness of .ng and the DNS industry, especially among our youths,’’ he said.
The NIRA president said that all the association’s planned activities for 2016 were geared toward promoting local content in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector.
Folayan said that it was hopeful that more Nigerians would be online for the right reasons, especially with government’s plan to increase broadband penetration.
According to him, the penetration will definitely help to grow the economy.
“If you know any of our youth organisations, please join us to encourage them to take advantage of all the opportunities available for youth empowerment.’’
He said the programme includes the Federal Government of Nigeria’s planned ICT trainee jobs for 2000 Nigerian youths with the Chinese Technology company Huawei.
Also the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Rural Information Technology Centre (RITC) Project, among others. (NAN)