The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has outlined the eligibility criteria for its 2017 awards. NiRA President, Sunday Folayan who addressed the press at the NiRA Headquarters in Lagos said the body seeks to recognize and acknowledge those who are contributing to the growth of the .ng domain name registration and the promotion of the DNS Industry.
“The awards aim to showcase Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations which help to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and rewarding experience for all.
“NiRA acknowledges the great work being done out there and desire people to know, talk about it, engage with it and put it into the spotlight,” he said.
Speaking on the eligibility criteria for the second in the series following the maiden event in 2016, he said that the nominee must have a clear online presence; “Company, organization or individual must have registered and is active online with .ng domain name(s). The Domain name must have been registered for over 6 months and the website associated with the domain name must be active on the Internet”.
Justifying the essence of the awards, the NiRA President described the .ng string as a critical National resource and Nigeria’s unique identity on the World Wide Web. Folayan said that using the .ng awards, NiRA celebrates the achievements and innovation of Nigerian Internet initiatives.
Chairman of the award committee, Shina Badaru said that the 2017 .ng awards criteria must be met by all nominees. “The nomination for the .ng Awards by the general public will commence by Tuesday, 31st January, 2017. Members of the public who wish to participate in nominating any organization or individual are to note the nomination criteria.
“The Jury will review all entries/nominations for eligibility and qualification to produce the final short-list of nominees. The list of nominees will be released for general public voting via the website.
“The Awards committee may reclassify or re-categorize entries and may remove entries that do not conform to the entry requirements. Entries that differ substantially from the award criteria will be disqualified without prior notice to the entrants.
“Nomination closes at midnight, on Tuesday 14th February, 2017. Voting starts on Monday 20th February, 2017 and closes by midnight on Monday, 3rd April, 2017. The url for nomination is http://www.nira.org.ng/voting.”
NiRA, as an Industry-led stakeholder organization, is the registry for Nigerian Internet Domain Names (.ng), and maintains the database of names registered in the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the interest of Nigerians and the global Internet community.