NITDA reviews domain names policy guidelines to boost investors’ confidence
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reviewed the GOV.NG and MIL.NG policy, which guides the administration of government and military domain names in Nigeria.
Director-General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, who stated this yesterday in Abuja during the presentation of the reviewed policy to stakeholders, said the review became necessary to ensure that the policy is in tandem with the constant changes in the IT landscape.
He warned government institutions against using the generic third level domain like the .com as such is not attached to any country and can be used by fraudsters to commit illegal activities.
Pantami said using the nation’s domain names would help to boost foreign investors’ confidence as it is more authentic, adding that it is very difficult for any fraudster to scale through the registration process requirements on .ng as the process requires a lot of verifications and surveillance.
The NITDA boss, however, noted that the agency conducted a study and discovered that 75 federal public institutions were not using the country’s domain names while so many health centres are still using the generic third level domain.
He said: “We want to create awareness about the importance of the nation’s identity so that federal institutions can migrate from generic third level domain to the nation’s third level domain. NITDA has assigned the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) to supervise the administration of the third level domain to ensure that more stakeholders are involved in IT activities in the country. We are in the process of automating the system so that approvals could be received online.”