The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has applauded the federal government for showing understanding of the need to intensify the adoption of Nigeria country code top-level domain (ccTLD), .ng within and outside the government circle.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari, had last month following a presentation by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, approved the National Policy on the Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains.
Thus, the President of NIRA, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, reacting in a press statement, said the policy will strengthen public confidence in the use of digital technologies and participation in the digital economy.
The Policy is also in line with the implementation of the Nigerian e-Government Master Plan, approved by the Federal Executive Council in August 2018.
“The National Policy as adopted by FEC is apt because for years NiRA has been pushing for the government to accelerate the adoption of the second-level domain (. gov. ng, .edu.ng, .mil.ng) under the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD.ng).
“So, what the Minister has done is commendable because the main objective is ‘to eliminate the use of top-level domains for Government business and the use of private emails for official correspondences by the end of the year 2022”.
He noted that the policy will create a world-class open and digitalized government that connects with people to drive efficiencies in public administration, the responsiveness of civil services, and transparency in governance leading to improvement of the quality of life of Nigerians.
According to Mr. Rudman, the need to switch over to .ng is no longer negotiable in view of the significant role it plays in the country’s digital economy agenda.