30 January 2017 - Alan Barrett, AFRINIC CEO, and Sikiru A. Shehu, Dean NiRA Academy, signed an MoU to develop and certify skills in Internet Number Resources Management and IPv6 throughout Nigeria. The signing ceremony took place during the ICANN African Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, in the presence of Sunday Folayan, Chair of the AFRINIC Board, and Göran Marby, CEO ICANN.
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.
"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".