Is Akwa Ibom State Government (AKSG) Ready to Embrace the Digital Migration?
As an IT professional who is passionate about anything ICT and who also believes in contributing to the development of that sector wherever I find myself, I make it a hobby to research about new and emerging technologies in the field of ICT and try as much as I could to experiment on them.
In one of such adventures, I stumbled upon a news article from Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) about the availability of Nigeria’s Top-Level domain (.gov.ng) for government use.
For the benefit of those who do not know what NiRA stands for, NiRA is an independent not-for-profit organization that manages the .ng country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name space in the public interest of Nigeria and global internet communities. NiRA then subcontracts the registration of gov.ng domain names to Registrars e.g whogohost.com.ng to help Nigerian Government institutions in the registration of their required domain.
Having become aware of the existence of these domains in Nigeria and having also understood the import of migrating States Government websites to the secured domain which of course creates a unique semblance of our country of origin in the global internet communities, I decided to conduct a domain search for akwaibomstate.gov.ng
Precisely on April 6th, 2012, I discovered that Akwa Ibom State Government(AKSG) was yet to apply for the purchase of akwaibomstate.gov.ng, so I made enquiries from NiRA to purchase that domain and was told that I must present a Letter of Authorization from relevant Government Department officer e.g Commissioner in the Ministry of Science and Technology
With that information, I proceeded to the Ministry of Science and Technology to get a letter from the Commissioner with a proposal for the design, development and management of that domain, after painstakingly explaining the importance of AKSG to be on .gov.ng. Unfortunately, the then Commissioner replied that that aspect of Akwa Ibom State website was taken out from the Ministry to Information and Communication Ministry and so I headed to Ministry of Information and Communication on the 16th April, 2012 for the letter.I was told by the Commissioner that the Ministry was working on it, whereas at the time of my visit, the registrar confirmed that the domain is yet to be taken by any person or government department.
The proposal was ignored and the idea taken from me. As at that April, 2012, just about few states were on gov.ng in Nigeria
Since April, 2012 to date, Akwa Ibom State Government is yet to host its official website on .gov.ng. A check on the domain address today says; Under Construction and it had been under construction since May, 2012 when AKSG eventually applied and bought the domain.
The following are domain addresses of other state already on gov.ng after May, 2012 when AKSG secured: www.akwaibomstate.gov.ng
How long does it take for a website to be developed and hosted?
This attitude begs the question whether AKSG is ready to embrace ICT.
If we must develop our state in line with modern realities in the area of ICT, we must allow for a pool of professional ideas and set aside politics.
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