NIRA hands over thisday.ng to Leaders & Company
Lagos-Nigeria, January 3, 2011: The management of Leaders & Company Limited, the publishers of ThisDay Newspapers Group has taken the possession of thisday.ng.
President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Mrs. Mary Uduma disclosed this on Monday, saying that it’s a good development for the Nigerian internet community and development of the industry in the country.
She also said that the move by ThisDay to take up its corporate identity as its own Second Level Domain (SLD) name in the .ng Registry is a milestone in the Nigerian internet space.
Commending the ThisDay management for the step, she enjoined other corporate Nigerian to tow the path of being identified by the truly Nigerian brand on the World Wide Web with pride.
According to her, the usage of .ng by credible Nigerians and corporate citizens will facilitate the needful change in the current battered image of the country on the internet.
She pointed out that Leaders & Company has met the NIRA Executive Board’s requirement for the acquisition of Second Level Domain - thisday.ng, describing the pace-setting move as worthy of emulation.
Chairman and chief executive officer, Leaders & Company Limited, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, in the letter of expression for the registration of thisday.ng domain, had said that his firm was excited to have its Nigerian brand of internet address.
This acquisition, he said, would entail the migration of it’s hitherto website, www.thisdayonline.com to www.thisday.ng, which has since gone live on Monday, January 3, 2011.
“We believe it will promote international and national interest in the Nigerian national domain registration making it fashionable and highly desirable for Nigerian entities and corporates operating in Nigeria to change to the .ng domain” he said.
Additionally, he said, ThisDay is committed to partnering with NIRA to promote the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name through collaboration.
NIRA was founded on March 23, 2005 as a stakeholder-led organisation, charged with the management of the nation's Country Top Level Domain Name (ccTLD), dot ng.
NIRA's establishment was the end of a long period of inactivity and dispute on the appropriate management of this important National Resource. Coordinated by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Stakeholders within Nigeria’s Internet community participated in its formation.
THISDAY is published by Leaders and Company Limited. It hit newsstands on January 22, 1995 and quickly carved out a niche for itself in business and political reporting and for breaking big news stories. It soon became Nigeria's newspaper of record.
In its first years of publication, THISDAY won the Newspaper of the Year Award for three consecutive years. In 1997 THISDAY also became the first Nigerian newspaper to introduce full colour printing. It now has printing plants in Lagos, Abuja and in the Niger Delta.
ThisDay Newspapers Group, has one of the most active website in Nigeria, hitherto at www.thisdayonline.com with over 4.300,000 (four million, three hundred thousand ) unique users per month and over 4,000,000 ( four million) readers per day of our print edition. Its latest website www.thisday.ng has since January 3, gone live.
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