The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) held its 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, Thursday, April 29, 2021.
The meeting was held virtually via Zoom due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his opening remarks, the President of NiRA, Muhammed Rudman spoke about the complexities of COVID-19 and the need to strategize with the NiRA Executive Board of Directors to ensure NiRA’s long-term viability
“We have learnt to communicate more within and outside NiRA, be realistic with our goal settings and be more strategic in thinking. COVID-19 caught the world unprepared with the health and economic challenges.
We planned in the year 2020 for NiRA to be the leading registry in Africa by making the .ng domain name the preferred to Nigerians and this was to be achieved through ‘Unity of Purpose’.
The Executive Board of Directors also planned to enhance and protect the corporate image of NiRA and the .ng brand.
We have navigated successfully through the restrictions and lockdowns; NiRA and the DNS ecosystem in Nigeria are better off.
We have more .ng domain registrations and more businesses online using the .ng domain for their websites and email addresses.
We have seen the shift of businesses to online and embracing remote work/operations, which decrease the amount it costs to start up a new business.
We have seen the COVID-preneurs, as more entrepreneurs start their business to pursue a passion or as people who lost their jobs and needed to build a new business to survive.”
The AGM is a yearly meeting of the members (General Assembly) to receive from the Executive Board an Annual Report, the Financial Statements for the preceding financial year, the Auditor’s report on those statements and a Business Plan and Budget for adoption or amendment.
The NIRA board decreased the number of Standing Committees from seven (7) to five (5) in order to streamline its operations; the meeting frequency per committee was also revised to better match the defined priorities and mandate of each committee.
It is also an avenue to elect members of The Executive Board because at the end of this year’s AGM, five (5) directors would have completed their tenure on the NiRA Board and would leave the NiRA Board.
Amongst today’s the highlight was the election of Five (5) members into the Executive Board and also other activities which included the presentation of both financial and annual report as well as the business plan and budget for 2021.
The President acknowledged the entire NiRA community and members of the media for their continuous support over the past years in giving NiRA the necessary coverage and support at its annual event.
The election into the new board commenced electronically yesterday and ended today at 12 noon. The following members were elected:
- Eugene Ohu – Financial Secretary
- Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata – Treasurer
- Destiny Amana, Frank Ogochukwu and Mayowa Ajiboye as Executive Board Members (EBOD)
On behalf of the newly elected Board members, the new NiRA President, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, appreciated the NiRA members for their active participation at the AGM and electoral process and solicited for their co-operation and support towards a better NiRA.
Current members of the Executive Board are Muhammed Rudman (President), Toba Obaniyi (Vice-President), Eugene Ohu replaces Biyi Oladipo as the Financial Secretary, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata replaces Ikechukwu Nnamani as the Treasurer, Nkem Nweke exits the board completely, while Destiny Amana, Frank Ogochukwu and Mayowa Ajiboye join Murtala Abdullahi Adesola Akinsanya and Lawrence Olawale-Roberts as Executive Board Members.
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