Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Domain Name: NITDA Inaugurates Compliance Committee

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has inaugurated an enforcement committee to oversee the implementation of the newly approved Domain Name Compliance Policy, following the appointment of the agency as the frontline implementer of the new policy.

A statement by NITDA’s head, corporate affairs and external relations, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, read in part: “This is in line with the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s drive towards economic diversification and commitment to the development of a robust digital economy, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the National Second Level Domain Policy on February 16, 2022, making the Nigerian second-level domain mandatory for all government-owned websites and official email correspondence of all government personnel.”

According to it, NITDA is mandated by the NITDA Act 2007 of Second Schedule Section 6(m) to manage and administer Nigeria’s ccTLD (.ng). This power gives NITDA the authority to allocate and administer the Nigerian government’s second-level domains on .gov.ng; .edu.ng; .mil.ng; .sch.ng and any other second-level domain name that may be approved in the future. Following the approval of the policy, NITDA has inaugurated a 14-man enforcement committee to monitor its implementation.

It posited that the new policy is expected to drastically enhance public confidence in the authenticity and security of information and other services accessed from government-owned websites.

The statement further said the Federal Government’s desire through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is to move all its information and services online on the Nigerian government’s second-level domains. The online presence of the Nigerian government in her identity is a strategy for dominance in the digital economy. The use of generic domains and private emails for government businesses and correspondences impedes the Nigerian government’s identity, security and global recognition on the internet.

“Ninety-nine per cent of MDAs are confirmed to have made the transition to the .ng domain at the federal level and they have maintained compliance with the Nigeria ccTLD scheme. Unfortunately, it is not the same at the state and local government levels, where 80 per cent of administration websites and mail addresses lack the .ng validation.

“Therefore, the newly inaugurated committee has mapped out a strategy for transitioning all remaining government websites and mail addresses at all levels to .ng domains. NITDA, as a result of this, is requesting that all government websites and email addresses at all levels use the .ng domain henceforth.

“We advise that MDAs at all levels stop using domains from the internet providers or mail providers. NITDA is working with the relevant organisations to ensure that all government institutions have access to dedicated domain names. We are also asking the service providers to support this initiative by ascertaining that any government domain to be registered by them conforms to this directive to ensure the general adoption of .ng,” it added.

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