In Nigeria internet domain names are sold and administered by NIRA (Nigeria Internet Registration Association) and it serves as the Registry for the .ng Internet Domain Names and also maintains the database of names registered in the .ng ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain) clarified the sales model for local online real estate.

Nigeria Internet domain names are sold only through accreditted registrars to grow uptake of the online real estate, managers of the nation’s .ng ccTLD says.

Nigeria Internet Domain Names 3R Business Model

Reverend Sunday Folayan, President of NIRA, says the body manages the domain name business by operating the 3 R (Registry/Registrar/Registrant) model of operations that ensures that Nigeria Internet domain names are registered only through NiRA Accredited Registrars. NIRA says the adopted 3R model for registration of domain names in the .ng ccTLD has helped build a growing ecosystem of partners that drive uptake of Nigeria Internet domain name locally and across the globe.

“The implication of this is that NIRA does not handle the registration of domain names directly. Registrations can only be done through NIRA certified Registrars”, Folayan explains.

NIRA currently has 57 Certified Registrars, while applications are received from organsations who want to become NIRA Certified Registrars on a regular basis as “NIRA’s policy does not limit the number of certified Registrars”, Folayan says. The NIRA accreditation process is scheduled quarterly, according to the association. “Registrars are certified by NIRA to facilitate the registration, transfer, renewal, and modification of registration data for customers that have, or are applying for, .ng domain names”, Folayan says.

How Nigeria Internet Domain Names Registrars were appointed

According to NIRA, the Nigeria Internet Domain name manager made an initial call to interested companies both resident in Nigeria and in the Diaspora for pioneer registrar in April 2008.

“After a painstaking evaluation process by the Registrar Accreditation committee, the Executive Board approved the appointment of twenty-nine (29) Pioneer Registrars for the .ng Registry, at the various levels (Platinum,Gold, Silver, Standard) in October 2008. Subsequent accreditation processes took place in July and December 2009.”

The NIRA President believes that awareness must be created on all other sources of income generation using ICT (information and communication technology) “and we advocate the domestication of these ICT solutions.”

For him, NIRA as the registry for .ng ccTLD, continues to create awareness of and promulgate the .ng brand.