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NiRA to Discuss .ng Domain Name Relevance to Internet Governance

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The Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA) has identified that who manages the Internet and how the Internet is governed as constantly discussed in the domain name system (DNS) requires optimum attention.

According to Mr. Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA, in an e-newsletter titled “Our August Outlook”, the Internet Society highlights how Internet governance remains critical to economic and social opportunities.

He said, therefore, the Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA) has lined up events that will educate people on Internet Governance and will enhance/deepen the knowledge base of the Domain Name System (DNS) Industry and create further awareness of the .ng brand, which is the Nigerian Identity in Cyberspace.

“This has the potential to further reduce the unemployment level in the country and encourage growth of the Nigerian economy,” Folayan said.

The NiRA President said, the Body will in this month of August 2015, conduct a Registrar’s Technical Training, for new and existing accredited registrars.

“This launches the NiRA Academy for DNS Technical Training programmes and plans. The Academy will provide face to face and online training programmes. As part of the training, we will create access to CoCCA (Council of Country Code Administrators) training platform (Registry solution in use by most Registries in the world) for all interested Registrars.

He said that NiRA will also conduct technical training and policy enlightenment to newly Accredited Registrars. The dates for the trainings would be communicated in due time.

Note that the Registrar’s Accreditation Technical Training is open also to all existing Accredited Registrars who desire to be abreast with current happenings of the Domain Name Industry.

According to him, there will be discussions on NiRA Policies which govern the DNS activities for the .ng ccTLD.

The NiRA Academy, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek learnt, aims to educate on Internet Governance; bridge the gap in the knowledge base of the DNS Industry in Nigeria by developing the DNS Industry in Nigeria and to grow local DNS entrepreneurs, develop capacity in other DNS related specialization such as Website design and development, Cybersecurity, Networking, etc.

It will also breed certification based relationships with third parties like NITDA, NCC, ICANN, CPN; create opportunities for our youth to build and develop their own businesses and contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy and use the Ndukwe Kalu Foundation, the arm of NiRA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to reach out to the wider public.

After the training in August and subsequent trainings, “we expect our registrars to further create awareness through their resellers and further increase the number of domain names (Nigerian Internet domain names) in the year 2015,” he said.

Folayan also disclosed other matters NiRA sets to tackle.

He said, “During our annual statutory visit to National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), our supervising Agency, the NiRA Executive Board of Directors had outlined some of our plans to use the NiRA CSR vehicle to contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy and we intend to fulfil our promises”.

He also ceased the opportunity, on behalf of NiRA Executive Board of Directors, to congratulate the newly elected Executives of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), led by Professor Ganiyu Adesola Aderounmu, who emerged as the President NCS at the just concluded Annual General Meeting at Akure, held on the 24th July 2015.

“We wish the new executives a successful tenor in the office,” Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA said.
 


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NIMC Makes Clarifications on AfriGo, New National Domestic Card Scheme

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that the new national Identity card, powered by AfriGo Card, is a single card with multiple services.

NIMC Makes Clarifications on AfriGo, New National Domestic Card Scheme

NIMC made the clarification against the confusion and criticisms that have trailed the AfriGo Card , touted as a National Domestic Card Scheme.

NIMC is launching the AfriGo Card, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), and has had appointed SecureID, a Lagos headquartered company to manufacture the Card Scheme

Making clarification on the card, Kayode Adegoke, head of Corporate Communications of the NIMC, said the General multipurpose card (GMPC) will eliminate the need for multiple cards.

“The new National ID Card is a single, convenient, and General multi-purpose card (GMPC), eliminating the need for multiple cards—not three.

“The single GMPC has multiple use cases: Payments/Financial, Government intervention/services, travel, etc.

“The National Identity Management Commission is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System to deliver the payment and financial use cases.

“The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS. Applicants for the card will have to request with their NIN through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks.

“The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks, in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards.

“The card can be picked up by holders at the designated centre or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Visa Launches Subscription Management Solution

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The global subscription market is on a steady rise, expected to reach a staggering $406 billion by 2025. As the trend of consumers subscribing to services in sectors such as retail, food and more increases, so does the challenge of managing their payments.

Recognising this, Visa, a world player in digital payments, has announced the launch of Subscription Manager, a new, all-in-one service for financial institutions to provide Visa cardholders with a simple, convenient way to track their subscriptions, all from the palm of their hands.

In the era of subscription overload, consumers are grappling with the complexities of managing multiple subscriptions across a web of apps. Navigating through each platform’s unique terms can potentially lead to unnoticed charges, even after a subscription is cancelled.

Visa’s new Subscription Manager streamlines key aspects of recurring payments in one place, allowing cardholders to see where their card details are stored, view which recurring payments are attributed to their card, and stop recurring payments.

“Managing subscriptions can often feel like a maze, with consumers sometimes feeling trapped in a cycle of confusing charges,” said Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore, global head of Issuing Solutions at Visa. “Our goal is to make this process simpler and ensure cardholders know exactly where their money is going, and when.”

 


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NAFDAC Warns Nigerians on sale of counterfeit Tandak Injection in Nigeria

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National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians about the sale of counterfeit TANDAK injection 1.5g powder and water for injection, manufactured by Intracin Pharmaceuticals PVT. LTD C-1, B-53, G.I.D.C Estate, Nadiad- 387001, Gujarat, India.

A statement released by the agency on Wednesday, April 10, says the counterfeit product was discovered in Gombe State, Nigeria, and reported to the Agency by Marcson Healthcare Ltd. – the Marketing Authorisation Holder (MAH).

‘’Tandak® injection of 1.5g powder is a co-formulation of Ceftriaxone 1000mg and Sulbactam 500mg. It is prescribed for use in the treatment of various types of bacterial infections. It fights against micro-organisms by preventing their growth, and further spread of the infection. Ceftriaxone+Sulbactam 1000mg/500mg Injection should only be administered under the supervision of a healthcare professional. the statement read.

The illegal marketing of counterfeit medicines poses a risk to the health of people, since by not complying with the regulatory provisions, the safety, quality, and efficacy of the products are not guaranteed.

NAFDAC has directed all its Zonal Directors and State Coordinators to carry out surveillance and mop up the counterfeit products within the Zones and States.

Healthcare professionals and consumers are advised to report any suspicion of the sale of substandard and falsified medicines or medical devices to the nearest NAFDAC office, call 0800-162-3322 or send an email to [email protected].

 


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