NITDA set to enforce.gov.ng compliance

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National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said it will henforth enforce strict compliance to the use of the Country Code Top Level Domain of the Nigerian government (ccTLD.ng) by all ministries agencies and departments (MDAs) in the country. The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami, who disclose the stance of the agency in a statement, said NITDA had observed that many MDAs were disregarding the use of the .gov.ng domain name domain in the transaction of government business despite previous directives by the agency.

NITDA will henceforth ensure strict compliance with the directive by ensuring that all government business transactions are strictly carried out on the .gov.ng domain name. To this end, the management of NITDA has put in place measures to ensure that all government MDAs (Federal, State, and Local Government) operate within the .gov.ng. These measures include; Ensuring that all request http://for.gov.ng domain are verified & approved within 24hours provided all conditions are met; Provision of a Special Purpose 24/7 mobile line

(+2348140504418)for responses 2 enquiries & support; Regular evaluation of government websites in collaboration with relevant agencies of the government; and iv. Blacklisting of all MDA sites running on Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), other than the .gov.ng.” “For the avoidance of doubt, the National Information Technology Development Agency is an Agency of the Nigerian Government tasked with the implementation of the Nigerian

Information Technology Policy and co- ordination of general IT development & regulation in the country; Section 6(l) of the NITDA Act mandates that NITDA renders advisory services in all IT matters to the public & private sectors”, the statement read.

NITDA is also mandated “to ensure Internet governance and supervision of the management of the country code top-level domain (cctld.ng); Furthermore, .gov.ng domain names are free with no rental or renewal cost attached. “We therefore call on MDAs and service providers to support the Federal Government effort of moving Nigeria up on the scale of “ease of doing business”; by ensuring that all government websites are ONLY hosted on the .gov.ng as this will promote Government service delivery in Nigeria”.

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