It is not alien to us that the domain on .NG has been somewhat neglected by the Nigerian populace. Only few website and blog owners tend to use this domain name for their blog or website as the case may be.
This might not be the faults of these Nigerians but might be as a result of the activities of others which are selling this domain at very high prices. This would surely hinder the number or population of people who would even be interested, in the first place in registering a domain with .NG.
NiRa, which is the registry for .ng Internet Domain Names, has been condemned by a lot of Nigerians for selling .ng domains at one of the most expensive rates of any domain in the world. The cheapest a .ng domain sells for by companies listed on the NIRA website is N13,500/year: Yes, you surely heard right.
I might not know why, but it all seems that In Nigeria, we all have the habit of extorting ourselves to a very high extent. I’d love to stop my criticism at this point till I know the reason for the high price and confirm if it is a justifiable one.
NiRA reported that the active domains in the country in 2016 reached 76,907 doubling the 33,752 recorded in 2015 and 31,542 recorded in 2014.
According to the President of NiRA, Rev. Sunday Afolayan:
There is always a lull in Domain Name Registrations and Renewals at the Registry in the last month of the year.
“The increase in domain name registration is more noticeable when viewed across the different years. The domain names registered and renewed in December 2016 is more than the registrations in December 2015 and almost doubled the registration in November 2014.
NiRA hopes to acquire and create more awareness for the .com and .ng domains by exploiting Internationalized domain names (IDNs) in the three main Nigerian languages (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba); Introduction of Domain Name System (DNS) in the Nigerian educational curriculum; Appointment of .ng ambassadors from the Business and Art world amongst others.
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