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NITDA Warns MDAs over .gov.ng Domain Name

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said it has observed disregard for the use of .gov.ng domain by government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the transaction of government business despite previous directive to comply.

Its Director General/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Isa Pantami, said to ensure strict compliance with the agency’s directive by ensuring that all government business transactions are strictly carried out on the country code Top Level Domain of the Nigerian government (ccTLD.ng). measures have been put in place to ensure that all government MDAs (federal, state, and local government) operate within the .gov.ng.

According to him, the measures include ensuring that all requests for .gov.ng domain are verified and approved within 24hours, provided all conditions are met; provision of a special purpose 24/7 mobile phone number (+2348140504418) for responses to enquiries and technical support; regular evaluation of government websites in collaboration with relevant agencies of the government; and blacklisting of all MDA sites running on Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), other than the .gov.ng.

He said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the NITDA, a Federal Government agency tasked with the implementation of the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordination of general IT development and regulation in the country. Section 6(l) of the NITDA Act mandates that NITDA renders advisory services in all Information Technology matters to the public and private sectors. NITDA is also mandated to ensure Internet governance and supervision of the management of the country code top-level domain (cctld.ng) on behalf of all Nigerians.”

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