New NiRA President Pledges to Rejig Registry & Registrar Relationship

Mr. Adesola Akinsanya

The newly elected President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA),
has promised rejig the relationship between the
Registry and Registrar.


NiRA is the registry for .ng Internet Domain Names and managers of the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain,

Mr. Adesola Akinsanya,a Director at Upperlink Limited was elected President at NiRA’s 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos State.

Also elected is Mr. Murtala Abdullahi as Vice President.

In his acceptance speech, Akinsanya, expressed gratitude and immense appreciation to the members for electing him as president.

“This is a call to greater service, and I promise to justify the confidence reposed in me” he said.

He had expressed in his manifesto, that he would employ winning formula: people, processes, performance, and accountability, to continue repositioning NiRA for greater success.

He focused on a few key areas such as improved Registry-Registrar relationship, stating his strong belief that “the relationship between the Registry and Registrar can be deepened thereby making it a win-win situation”, and promising improved incentives for Registrars which, according to the new president, would lead to mutual growth.

He also promised to expand NiRA’s outreach with more engagements with Local and international industry players.

“As your president, I pledge to push for more of NiRA’s engagements within the local and international ecosystem and other industry partners.

“This is very important because it fosters the bond with such players thereby giving NiRA more exposure to the internet communities.”

He promised to collaborate with government and regulatory bodies, to facilitate policy development that would to increased adoption of .ng domains.

The President also promised increased capacity building for NiRA members, non-members, and Registrars through NiRA’s Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV). “I will make sure we fully utilize NiRA’s SPVs (.NG Academy and Ndukwe Kalu Foundation) for the purpose of capacity building/ training for NiRA members and the Registrars by providing scheduled webinars on relevant industry topics.

With regards to Brand Awareness and Collaboration, he stated that he would
“push for more NiRA brand awareness by collaborating with the Registrars”. Other areas of focus include the signing of the .ng ccTLD zones, and strategic stakeholder management.
Akinsanya craved for the support of members to make NiRA a success story for the entire continent and beyond.
They were elected during

Prior to his election, Mr. Akinsanya was a member of the Executive Board of NiRA under the leadership of Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the immediate past president (IPP).

Members also elected officials to fill vacant positions on the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the Executive Board of Directors (EBoD).

Elected to NiRA BoT are Mrs. Mary Uduma; Mr. Yunusa Zakari Ya’u; Mrs. Ibukun Odusote; Mr. Remmy Nweke, and Mr. Biyi Oladipo.

While Mr. Ebenezer Dare; Mr. Seun Kehinde; and Mr. Peter Oluka were elected as members of the EBoD.

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