Workers from Use of Generic Domains, Set to Enforce .gov.ng Usage
The Federal Executive Council (Nigeria)
approved the National Policy on the Nigerian Government Second-Level Domains
during its meeting on the 16th of February, 2022 and barred its workers from
the use of generic domains.
This followed the presentation of a memo by
Professor Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,
TechEconomy.ng can report.
The Policy, according to a statement signed
by Dr Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant (Research & Development) to the
Minister, was developed to strengthen public confidence in the use of digital
technologies and participation in the digital economy.
The Policy is also in line with the implementation
of the Nigerian e-Government Master Plan, approved by the Federal Executive
Council in August 2018.
“The Master Plan has a vision to create a
world class open and digitalized government that connects with people to drive
efficiency in public administration, responsiveness of civil services and
transparency in governance leading to improvement of the quality of life of
The government said that the increasing rate
of cyber-related incidences has inspired countries to develop Policy instruments
to effectively regulate and manage their use of Information and Communication
Technologies in Government Institutions, specifically electronic
correspondences within the government.
Several countries have put policies in place to ensure that official
correspondences are only conducted using approved domains and platforms in
Although, this is not the first time the Federal Executive
Council is directing workers to desist from the use of generic domains, the
government however pointed out that the use of generic domains and private
emails for Government businesses and correspondences impedes the identity,
security and global recognition of the Nigerian Government on the Internet.
Furthermore, the use of private emails for
Government business is a major limitation to the capabilities to archive and
back-up sensitive Government data thereby making it difficult to preserve
historical correspondences and documents hosted on non-Government servers.
This, among other things, seeks to promote
transparency in governance; protecting the Nigerian cyberspace; and promotion
of the Digital Nigeria agenda. It also seeks to accelerate the adoption of the
second level domain (.gov.ng, .edu.ng, .mil.ng) under the country code Top
Level Domain (ccTLD.ng) with the main objective to eliminate the use of
top-level domains for Government business and the use of private emails for
official correspondences by the end of year 2022
“The Policy gives direction for the
enforcement of the mandatory use of the Nigerian Government second-level
domains by all Federal Public Institutions, and recommends its adoption by
States and Local Governments. The scope covers the Nigerian Government
second-level domain and email services on .gov.ng, .mil.ng, .edu.ng, .sch.ng,
and any other Nigerian Government owned second-level domains that could be
approved in the future.