NIRA plans academy for web designers



THE Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has concluded arrangements to establish an academy that would develop web designers in order to broaden the base of the industry.

President of the association, Sunday Folayan, who disclosed this when the association made a presentation of its 2014 activities to the Director General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA), Peter Jack, in Abuja observed that there is a big skill gap in the country, adding that the academy when established would help build capacities of the web designers and equip them with more skills.

He noted that NITDA set up NIRA as an interventionist body adding that the Memorandum of Understanding between the duo require that NIRA on yearly basis present reports of its activities to NITDA adding that the partnership between them has been very rewarding.

However, the Vice President of the association, Mohammed Rudman, who described domain names as the gateways that transmit the content of a nation’ s vital information warned against the hosting of .ng which is the country’s domain name by both local and international registrars abroad, stressing that such actions contributes to capital flight and poses security challenge for the country.

Rudman noted that Nigeria loses huge monies in the form of capital flight as almost all the domain names that are registered are hosted outside the country adding that the epileptic power supply in the country has forced local registrars to resort to hosting the .ng abroad.

He said: “Hosting the contents of the country’s domain outside the shore of Nigeria is a double jeopardy because Nigerians pay in dollars to host that content.

For Nigerians to get that content they need to go abroad and come back therefore, there is a security problem, because if you host your domain names with your emails and servers and should you want to access your emails with your servers the traffic has to leave the country and in the process the documents can be intercepted by foreigners.”

Earlier, NIRA’s Chief Operating Officer, Edith Udeagu, said there is need the sustenance of the growth and development of Nigeria and solicited the support of NITDA in the setting up of an e-ilibrary at NIRA Rural Information Technology centre.

She observed that the association has registered over 50,000 domain names of different categories and has made over N150 million to sell of domain names.

Responding, the Director-General of NITDA urged the body to develop a sustainable business model for IT entrepreneurship and also warned them against duplication of functions.

Jack assured the NIRA management that government would assist in boosting the capacities for local hosting of domain names within the shortest time possible.

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