Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) was founded on March 23, 2005 as a stakeholder-led organisation, charged with the management of the nation's Country Code Top Level Domain Name (ccTLD), dot ng. The transfer of the appropriate management of this important National Resource was coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on behalf of the Federal government of Nigeria. Stakeholders within Nigeria's Internet community participated in its formation.
NiRA's formation brought to an end the long years of .ng controversy in the country, following the intervention of the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. The realisation of the .ng ccTLD came after nearly 12 years in which the country code was hosted first in Italy, and later by Randy Bush, an American. While Bush was the technical contact for the ccTLD, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote served as the administrative contact. NIRA's constitution was adopted by stakeholders, at a meeting held on March 28, 2006. NiRA's Board of Trustees (BoT) was elected among the stakeholders with Dr. Isaac A. Odeyemi as Chairman shortly after the adoption of the constitution. By May 1, 2007, the first Executive Board of NIRA was elected with Ndukwe Kalu leading a 10-man Board.
The Nigeria Internet Registration Association adopted the Registry/Registrar model of operation in the registration of domain names in the .ng ccTLD. 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. Registrars are certified by NIRA to facilitate the registration, transfer, renewal, and modification of registration data for customers that apply for dot-ng domain names.
(second level domains)