The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to support the Federal Government by using the government domain, `gov.ng’ for effective service delivery.
Dr Isa Pantami, the Director-General of the agency, made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Pantami, the domain is free and compliance to the directive will ease the process of business transactions within MDAs.
“ We call on MDAs and service providers to support the Federal Government’s effort of moving Nigeria up on the scale of ease of doing business by ensuring that all government websites are hosted on .gov.ng.
“This will promote government service delivery in Nigeria. Furthermore, .gov.ng domain names are free with no rental or renewal cost attached,” Pantami said.
Pantami said that over time MDAs had neglected the use of the domain, in spite of previous notices on the directive.
He, however, said that the agency would, henceforth, ensure strict compliance.
“The management of NITDA has observed the disregard to the use of .gov.ng domain in the transaction of government business despite previous cautioning 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 Country Code Top Level Domain of the Nigerian government (ccTLD.ng).
“To this end, the management of NITDA has put in place measures to ensure that all government MDAs at the Federal, State, and Local Government levels operate within the domain: .gov.ng.
“We will ensure that all requests for .gov.ng domain are verified and approved within 24hours provided all conditions are met.
“The agency will evaluate government websites in collaboration with relevant agencies of the government and blacklist all MDA sites running on Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), other than the .gov.ng,” the DG said.
Pantami stressed that NITDA was tasked with the implementation of the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordination of general IT development and regulation in the country.
He recalled that NITDA was also mandated to ensure Internet governance and supervision of the management of the country code top.on behalf of the populace.