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NiRA to develop Whitelist, deepen .ng brand

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The Nigerian Internet Registration Association, NiRA, has disclosed plans to develop a Whitelist to further place .ng domain name as a global brand.

NiRA’s plan is coming on the heels of recent reports of examination cartel that leverages websites to perpetuate malpractices.

However, none of the mentioned platforms was registered as carrier of .ng domain.

Beyond that, the Whitelist, NiRA President, Rev’ Sunday Folayan, said at the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), will definitely increase the confidence level of entities wishing to transact business with Nigerians.

This initiative will positively impact small, medium and large scale businesses, especially the startup ecosystem, hence the database will serve as reference point for the international entities willing to transact business with indigenous companies.

In one of his recent posts Rev’ Folayan had hinted on the reasons .ng as a trusted domain name deserves more accolades and should be embraced by all and sundry. “I guess it makes sense to be born as a global citizen and not as a Nigerian. Globalization it not out there, it is right here and what we make of it here. I do not believe we should shy away from correcting the ills of Nigeria. I was born Nigerian for a reason.

“It was vogue years ago, for the first set of Professional Footballers in Europe to take on foreign names to avoid being known as Nigerians. Not until Nigerian Football was born. The Nigerian Internet Entrepreneurs will arise, and they will be proud of Nigeria. I shall revisit this on a later date”, the NiRA President posted on his Facebook wall.

Explaining further on the project, he said that the Whitelist is not a replacement for ‘WhoIs’ which stands as ‘a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of an Internet resource, such as a domain name, an IP address block, or an autonomous system, but is also used for a wider range of other information’.

After debates on the need for the Whitelist, members agreed that present circumstances in the business world have given room for such project.

“The Whitelist is the opposite of blacklist. We have heard stories of some websites been blacklisted by international business entities because they are not trusted. Also, when these international businesses are seeking for partners they look out for credible sources of information on certain local business they want to operate with.

“This project will serve as NiRA contribution towards growing the Nigerian businesses by giving them lifelines at the international arena. Today, different countries come to understudy NiRA, which shows the reputation we have attracted over time. I have no doubt on the potency of this Whitelist when developed”, he said.

Also at the AGM, members agreed that more domain name auction be carried out as part of top.ng growth and awareness programmes scheduled by the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) in 2018.

The Nigerian domain name system administrator have in the past organized events, participated in several events and embarked on projects in the bid to create awareness and keep the .ng brand in the subconscious mind of Nigerians and the entire world.