THE African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) Limited, one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) and the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) Academy, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and certify skills in Internet Number Resources Management and IPv6 in Nigeria.
Alan Barrett, AFRINIC CEO, and Sikiru A. Shehu, Dean NiRA Academy, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations during the ICANN African Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) workshop held recently in Nairobi, Kenya, in the presence of Sunday Folayan, Chair of the AFRINIC Board, and Göran Marby, CEO ICANN.
The MoU is designed principally to develop and certify skills in Internet Number Resources Management and IPv6 throughout Nigeria. AFRINIC is one of only twelve organisations in the world certified by the IPv6 Forum to directly certify engineers. “As a valued partner in AFRINIC’s new certi::6 programme, NiRA Academy will administer certification exams locally in Nigeria enabling engineers to complete their certification within one week at an affordable price. Local training will be facilitated by NiRA Academy using AFRINIC’s world-class IPv6 training course materials and certified trainers will prepare local engineers for certification under the certi::6 programme,” according to a statement on the MoU.
The Memorandum of Understanding, according to Folayan, creates accessibility to International IPv6 certification for Nigerian System and Network Engineers, and provides the opportunity for Nigeria to increase the number of internationally recognised and skilled IPv6 engineers, following the pattern established by AFRINIC. The trainings would be conducted at the NiRA Academy, using AFRINIC coursewares and certified trainers for the certification programmes.
“AFRINIC has been leading IPv6 capacity building efforts throughout the continent for many years and is proud to partner with NiRA to further reinforce the message that the time to deploy IPv6 is now,” said Mr. Barrett. “This partnership comes at a crucial moment in the evolution of the global Internet. Just a few weeks ago, AFRINIC announced that it is nearing Phase 1 of IPv4 Exhaustion. Our pool of IPv4 address space is depleting fast and network operators need to prepare for IPv6 deployment as soon as possible. Partnering with NiRA will ensure that AFRINIC’s top-level IPv6 training materials are more accessible to Nigerian engineers, further reinforcing our commitment to capacity building efforts throughout our service region”.
AFRINIC is the Regional Registry for Internet Number Resources serving the African Internet Community. AFRINIC is one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR) that manage IP Addresses and Autonomous System numbers based on policies defined by the community.
NiRA is charged with the management of Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain Name (.ng ccTLD). NiRA Academy was established, to breed Nigerians that will take full advantage of the jobs and business opportunities, wealth creation and financial rewards that the .ng domain name string has to offer.