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IMPORTANT: The purpose of this policy is to describe the NIRA ("We", "Our" or "Us") rules for the registration and use of domain names within the .ng domain and its sub-domains (the "Policy"). The policy as amended from time to time form part of our Registrant Agreement and are part of your contract of registration with us.
"internet.com.ng" is a domain name ("Domain Name"). A Domain Name is made up of several levels of domains. In the Domain Name "internet.com.ng" the ".ng" is called the top-level domain, the ".com" is the second level domain and "internet" is the third level domain.
In the Domain Name "fourth.internet.com.ng" the domain "fourth" is called a fourth level domain and ".internet" is a third level domain, ".com" is a second level domain and ".ng" is a top-level domain.
In this Policy, the terms top-level domain ("TLD"), second-level domain ("SLD") and third-level domain ("3LD") and fourth level domain ("4LD") will be used accordingly
The SLD is a sub-domain of the TLD. The 3LD is a sub-domain of the SLD. The 4LD is a sub-domain of the Third Level Domain.
.ng Domain Names can be registered either directly at the .ng ccTLD or within a particular SLD. For example, the Domain Name internet.com.ng is registered within the .com SLD.
Despite 'c' above the Executive Board of NIRA may auction or sell at a premium price some domains on the second level or third level
However, registration of domain names within the following SLDs is RESTRICTED to companies and business entities that are duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and have been duly issued with a CAC RC Number.
These SLDs are
Or any other such SLDs are designated by the Executive Board in conjunction with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
We do set out certain intentions regarding the class of applicant or use of registrations of the Domain Name which we assume you will comply with when applying for a registration of a Domain Name within an Open SLD. However, we will take no action in respect of registrations that do not comply with the SLD Charters. We may request certain information from you regarding your legal identity when you make an application for or seek to amend the registration of a Domain Name in the Open SLDs.
APPENDIX A Our SLDs (second-level domains)
These are the specific rules for the .com.ng SLD, administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
Domain Names registered in the .com.ng SLD are intended to be used for commercial purposes, and the 3LD are intended to reflect and be related to these purposes. This SLD would be fully open from July 5, 2008, before then only entities with Nigerian presence may register on this SLD.
These are the specific rules for the .org.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
Registrants in .org.ng are intended to be not-for-profit or public service enterprises and a 3LD within this SLD is intended to be related to these enterprises and their activities. These may include, as non- exhaustive examples, charities, trades unions, political parties, community groups, educational councils, and professional institutions.
These are the specific rules for the .name.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
The .name.ng SLD is intended to provide a personal namespace within the .ng Top Level Domain. Unless Rules 8.d or 8.e apply, registrants of .name.ng domain names must be, and remain at all times, natural persons (a "qualifying person"), and shall not be recorded on the register as being the agent, trustee, proxy or representative for any person or entity (whether having an individual legal personality or not) which is not a qualifying person.
Unless Rules 8.d or 8.e apply, no registration, transfer, renewal or change may be requested to a .name.ng domain name, which would be in breach of Rule 8.b, and any such request may be rejected. If despite the previous sentence, such an action is requested and does occur, NIRA may reverse that action at any time in addition to any other rights NIRA may have by contract or otherwise.
Where, as the result of the DRS or judicial proceedings (of relevant jurisdiction) a .name.ng domain name is to be transferred to a person who would not qualify under Rule 8.b (the "transferee"), the transfer to, and continued registration by, the transferee shall be permitted provided that no use is made of that .name.ng domain name for any purpose, for so long as the transferee holds the domain name.
To prevent a breach of Rule 8.d.1, NIRA may put the domain name into a special status e.g. by blocking the entry of any name servers onto the record for that domain.
The transferee under clause 8.d.1 will be able to transfer the domain name to a qualifying person, in which case the specific restrictions imposed under this Rule 8.d will cease to apply.
These are the specific rules for the .edu.ng SLDs administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
The .edu.ng SLD is a closed one and reserved for ONLY tertiary academic institutions as approved and accredited by the relevant authorities like Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), NCCE and any other body as recognized by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
All registrations on the .edu.ng SLD would be at the 3LD. Various department or institutions under the qualifying institution may then be sub-domains and NOT full domains.
Unless, in our reasonable opinion, the applicant is an approved/registered Degree awarding institution and the Domain Name registered is the same as or a similar variant of the applicant's name.
Without prejudice to any other test that we may apply, the applicant shall only be deemed an Approved/Registered School if the applicant:
These are the specific rules for the .net.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Rules.
This SLD is reserved for the computers of network providers, that are the network information centre (NIC) and network operation centre (NOC) computers, the administrative computers, and the network node computers.
These are the specific rules for the .sch.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
The .sch.ng SLD is a closed one and reserved for both primary and secondary schools as designated and approved by various levels of government. Also, schools accredited and approved by other agencies like the CPN are eligible for registration under this domain.
All registrations on the .sch.ng SLD would be ONLY at the 4LD. This is due to a large number of schools and the similarities of the names. Also, approving authorities for schools are at the local and state government levels. With all these, considered sch.ng SLD would have a qualifying 3LD based on the listed states in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For examples Mary Don School located in Surulere, Lagos state can register marydon.lagos.sch.ng. While Pillars school in Zaria can register as pillars.kaduna.sch.ng
These are the specific rules for the .mobi.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
Domain Names registered in the .mobi.ng SLD are intended to be used for access by mobile phones, and the 3LD are intended to reflect and be related to these purposes. Also published content on this SLD are expected to meet the specification as released from time to time of the Mobile Top Level domain corporation and as adopted by NIRA.
These are the specific rules for the .gov.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
The .gov.ng SLD is closed and limited only to the following
Registrations on the .gov.ng SLD would be both on the 3LD and the 4LD. Registration at the 3LD is ONLY permitted for the following
For example justice.gov.ng, npc.gov.ng, ogunstate.gov.ng, nigeria.gov.ng, etc. For registrations on the 4LD, this is available for the following
For example, justice.lagos.gov.ng would be for the Lagos State Ministry of Justice. Also, surulere.lagos.gov.ng and surulere.oyo.gov.ng would relate to Surulere local government in Lagos and Oyo states respectively. The 3LD to be used by the 4LD would be the state names as derived from the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
These are the specific rules for the .mil.ng SLD administered directly by us. They form part of and, in the case of conflict, take precedence over the Policy.
Domain Names registered in the .mil.ng SLD are intended to be used ONLY for military purposes and as approved by the Nigerian military High command.
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