• “80% of States, LG, MDA” have not yet transitioned to .ng”
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has declared its readiness to force the adoption of the Nigerian domain name, .ng, especially among Departments and Agencies of Ministries (MDAs).
NITDA recalled that in line with the Digital Economy Policy, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the National Policy on Second-Level Domains on February 16, 2022, making it mandatory for all government-owned websites and the official electronic correspondence of all government personnel to comply.
Therefore, he said that the full implementation, which falls under his purview, will begin, first, with the inauguration of a Compliance Enforcement Committee.
The Guardian had exclusively reported on February 7 under the headline – “Nigeria domain name fails to gain traction, attracts 184,341 users” – that compliance with the directive was still weak. The report revealed how companies and MDAs shunned Nigeria’s song while opting for .com, .net, .org, among others.
The NITDA has stated that it is mandated by its NITDA Act of 2007 to manage and administer the Nigeria ccTLD (.ng). This gives NITDA the power to allocate and administer the Nigerian government second level domains on .gov.ng; .edu.ng; .mil.ng; .sch.ng and any other second level domain names that may be approved in the future.
Following the approval of the policy, NITDA inaugurated a 14-man compliance committee to oversee its implementation.
According to NITDA, the new policy is expected to significantly boost public confidence in the authenticity and security of information and other services accessed from government-owned websites.
The agency explained that the wish of the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, is to bring all of its information and services online through the Nigerian Government’s second-level domains. He pointed out that the Nigerian government’s online presence is a strategy for dominance in the digital economy.
NITDA pointed out that the use of generic domains and private emails for business and government correspondence hampers the identity, security and global recognition of the Nigerian government on the internet.
According to the agency, 99% of federal MDAs transitioned to the .ng domain and maintained compliance with Nigeria’s ccTLD program.
He said, “Unfortunately, it’s not the same at the state and local government level, where 80% of government websites and email addresses lack .ng validation.
“Therefore, the newly inaugurated committee has developed a strategy for the transition of all remaining government websites and email addresses at all levels to .ng domains. NITDA, following this, is requesting that all government websites and email addresses at all levels now use the .ng domain.
“We advise MDAs at all levels to stop using ISP or email provider domains. NITDA is working with relevant organizations to ensure that all government institutions have access to domain names We are also asking service providers to support this initiative by ensuring that any government domain they wish to register complies with this guideline to ensure widespread adoption of .ng.