Stakeholders in Nigeria’s internet industry have said that an Executive Order from President Muhammadu Buhari was needed to fast-track migration of digital networks in Nigeria to IPv6.
A communiqué of the DigitalSENSE Forum on the Internet Governance for Development (IG4D) and Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable made available to TechnologyMirror, which identified the proposed Executive Order as matter of urgency noted the Executive Order if done immediately with a timeline of 18 months will be a booster to the migration from IPv4 to IPv6.
“There should be an Executive Order for all Digital Networks in Nigeria to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6 within 18 months,” part of the communiqué read.
The communiqué from the a one-day conference, by organized DigitalSENSE Africa Media, in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), signed by former Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) Mr. Chris Uwaje and endorsed by the Executive Director, Operations, DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Mrs. Nkem Nweke.
The stakeholders also called for immediate revision of the National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policies to pave the way for the establishment of the ‘National Digital Strategy’ for the country.
According to the participants urged Government to ensure that all new IT equipment supplied to them are IPv6 compliant and Government should set a target date for MDAs to have IPv6 compliant networks, outside the national deadline.
“There should be IPv6 awareness and capacity building by organizing seminars and trainings, possibly incorporating IPv6 into university curriculum,” the communiqué also read.
By government playing actively in the growth and development of ICT in Nigeria will facilitate enabling environment for stakeholders, while on the other hand students, youth and women and indeed all good users of the internet were encouraged to make judicious use of the internet bearing in mind the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) existing in the European Union.
Additionally, participants demanded that government should make haste to sign into law the Digital rights and freedom bill which seeks for equal freedom of expression online.