NiRA seeks stakeholders consensus on internet governance framework



The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has expressed confidence that the outcome of recent Nigeria Internet Governance Forum will further drive stakeholders focus towards common grounds for internet governance in the country.

In its bi-weekly e-newsletter, NiRA described such framework for internet governance as critical in addressing the nation’s most critical and evolving issues on internet governance.

According to Rev’ Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA, the “Overall, the outcome of the forum will further enhance consensus building among stakeholders on the framework for Internet governance in Nigeria, address the nation’s most critical and evolving issues on Internet governance, while advancing the nation’s position at the regional and global Internet Governance Forum”.

Meanwhile, the 2016 edition of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) was held recently in Abuja, Nigeria, with the main theme: “Harnessing Internet Governance for Inclusive Development and Smarter Nigeria…”

The Forum brought about dialogue amongst stakeholders on how the Internet Governance Ecosystem potentials should be harnessed for Nigeria’s inclusive development, economic growth and ability for sustenance.

The pre-event, for the forum was a Special Youth workshop with the theme: “Connecting for Empowerment”.

The workshop chaired by Nasir Saidu Adhama, special assistant to the President on the Youth and Student Affairs, aimed to connect, empower and stimulate the youth in taking advantage of the opportunities that the Internet provides. Several business opportunities were discussed including strategy for accessing critical business resources.

“The impact of the Internet on the youth is to ensure they behave positively on the Internet. The youths were informed that with over Three billion Internet users worldwide, they have a large audience to market their brands and products to. The special youth workshop showcased several projects of Youths using embedded technology.

“Discussions ranged from Unleashing the power of Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Mind (IoM) for a smarter Nigeria, Harnessing indigenous innovation for inclusive development and the Implication of Free Basic on Internet neutrality and innovation in Nigeria,” Folayan said.

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