It’s now crystal clear to me that there is something certainly wrong with the Nigerian Country Code Top Level Domain (cc-TLD), the .ng domain registry.
It is bad enough that for the past 3 weeks, I have had 5 domains in the final stages of registration, but no action has been taken by NIRA and the domains are still pending. Who is NIRA? According to NIRA’s website:
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) was established on 23rd March 2005 as a Private Sector led Organization, charged with the management of the Nigerian Country Top Level Domain Name (Dot-NG).
NIRA’s establishment was the end of a long period of inactivity and dispute on the appropriate management of this important National Resource. Coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Stakeholders within Nigeria’s Internet community participated in its formation.
Emmanuel Oluwatosin, the owner of yemma.com.ng I blogged about a few weeks ago, was chatting with me online yesterday and told me he believed his domain name (also pending re-registration for several weeks now) was going to be re-registered yesterday. His information was that the fellow in charge of the final registrations had travelled thus the long delay in .ng domain registration. I really didn’t want to believe that because I didn’t want to believe Nigeria could have sinked to this level.
But then, in the early hours of this morning, another friend who is also a .ng domain holder told me his domain had also been deleted. I quickly checked mine and alas, it wasn’t working. A quick check revealed that all .ng domains were down! At time of blogging, I can confirm that they have all been down for at least 6 hours now. This is incredible.
- The official website of the Federal Government of Nigeria – nigeria.gov.ng
- Federal Minsitry of Finance – finance.gov.ng
- Obafemi Awolowo University – oauife.edu.ng
- Nigerian Tribune (leading newspaper in Ibadan)Â – tribune.com.ng
- and so many other websites using .ng domains
How do we expect to be respected in the world when we cannot manage anything that has to do with us, effectively. Nothing seems to work in Nigeria, except corruption. This is very very shameful.
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