Date:24 March 2005
Application for "At-Large Structure" (ALS)
- Organization's Name: Nigerian Internet Users Coalition (NIUC)
- Organization's email address: tyokunbo@xxxxx
- Organization's phone number (include country/city codes): 234-052-255364 4
Organization's address (location and postal address, if different):
1 Reservation Road,
Government Reservation Area,
Benin City, Nigeria
- Organization's website (URL) (if available): Not yet available
Organization's contact for ALS application (email, phone, address):
ADDRESS: 1 Reservation Road,
Government Reservation Area,
Benin City, Nigeria
Is your organization constituted so that participation by individual Internet users who are citizens or residents of countries within the Geographic Region in which your organization is based will predominate in your organization's operation?
Describe your organization's constituents/membership (number, citizenship/location, defining characteristic - e.g. profession for professional societies):
Nigerian internet Users Coalition is a national Non governmental organization committed to the increased use of the internet in Nigeria. Its membership is open to people from the thirty six states of the country. Currently, it has over thirty active members and a total membership of over a hundred. It is a coalition of community networking groups, internet civil society organizations, consumer advocacy groups, and the media. Knowing the shortcomings of the ICT revolution in Nigeria, it hopes to inspire communtiy ICT centres in rural areas in the country, in a bid to bridge the digital divide and to bring development to the doorstep of the masses.
Explain the eligibility requirements (if any) for your organization's constituents/membership (if you provide a written application for admission as a member, you may attach a copy):
Expression of interest in the aims and aspirationss as well as goals of the coalition is a necessary prerequisite to being a member of the group. This interest is communicated to the coordinator, who approves subjects to agreement of members of the coaition. Membership confers right to hold positions in the association.
In what language/s does your organization conduct its business?
Provide support for the statement that your organization is self-supporting (by answering "yes" you confirm that it will not rely on ICANN for funding):
It is self supporting
- Describe your organization's structure (e.g. governing and decision-making bodies and processes):
Does your organization commit to supporting its individual constituents'/membership's informed participation in ICANN?
It has a Board of Directors, which oversees the coalition. Under it is the National Coordinator, then the Regional Coordinatos and members. The National Coordinators heads a national committee while the Regional Coordinators head the regional committees.
Describe how your organization keeps its constituents/membership informed about, and enables them to participate in, decisions regarding issues of interest:
My organization is committed to supporting individual member's informed participation in ICANN14. Describe how your organization keeps its constituents/membership informed about, and enables them to participate in, decisions regarding issues of interest: Information concerning activities of the coalition and issues of interest to internet users are put regularly on its newsletter. Members communicate with each other through a mailing list and express their opinion on issues of interest through it. An annual report of the coalition to be presented at the end of the year in a general meeting is being planned.
Does your organization post on the Internet publicly-accessible, current information about your organization's goals, structure, description of constituent group(s)/membership, working mechanisms, leadership, and contact(s) (if this information currently is available, provide URLs)?
Provide information on your organization's leadership (leaders' names, positions, emails):
Nigerian Internet users Coalition was formed in 2004. A meeting was held at the Press Centre, Benin City to deliberate on the functions and aspirations of the group, as well as reach agreement on these issues. This was followed by an election in which the following were elected: Adetokunbo Abiola (Coordinator)
Vahid Ashu (Secretary)
Kate Ehigalua (Treasurer)
Johnson Omoifo (Assistant Secretary)
What is your organization's primary goal or mission (please attach any mission or policy statement for your organization, if in writing, or provide a URL, if posted):
(1)The goal and mission of the organization is to enable informed participation by individual members on issues of interest to internet end-users in Nigeria
(2) To promote individual understanding of issues such as ccTLDs and ccTLDs as they concern Nigeria, Africa and the world
(3)To coordinate opinion on internet number resources forum
(4) To promote understanding of how internationalised domain names are implemented.
(5) To promote internet use in Nigeria
What ICANN-related issues currently are of interest to your organization's constituents/membership:
(1)Management of domain names in Nigeria, Africa and the world in general.
(2)Informed participation in discussion on management of domain names.
(3)Dissemination of information on management of domain names.
(4)Keeping members informed about ICANN meetings and issues.
(5)Participation in ICANN discussions
If formed, will your organization commit to assisting the Regional At-Large Organization (RALO) for the region in which your organization is based in performing its function?
We are committed to assisting the Regional At Large Organization for the region
Nigerian Internet Users Coalition (NIUC)
Step VII - Certified as At-Large Structure