The Nigerian government prohibits ministries and agencies from using Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail for official communications

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Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami said on Wednesday that the federal government has ordered government agencies to stop using generic internet domains such as Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail and others for official communication. .

Pantami gave the directive while addressing reporters at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

He noted that the council had approved the “National Policy on Government, Second-Level Domain”, which mandates the migration of all official communications from generic domains to the nation’s second-level domain under the top-level domain. of the government.

The Minister said: “This policy has been approved and it focuses more on the mandate of Federal Public Institutions, Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and all institutions as long as they are for the Government; they need to migrate from using generic domains in their websites and emails to our second level domain under the government top level domain.

“For example, you will find today that some government institutions will engage in official communications using private email: yahoo.com hotmail.com gmail.com.

“And it’s an official communication and someone can retire or complete their term or the term can be terminated, and they’ll go with the same email. And in this e-mail, there are many official documents.

“So this will no longer be tolerated by the government. All official communication should be done using an official email and this email should not be generic, it should be “.gov.ng”. What is most important is the ‘.ng’ which is our national identity.

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“There are many second level domain categories, some are for the military, you will see like mil.ng mil is a short form of military.ng for Nigeria. You can see .gov.ng — Gov for government and ng for Nigeria.

“So there are categories of second level domain, while our national.ng top level domain must be present on our websites so that anyone accessing them will know that this website is from Nigeria, while for email , it should reflect the official name.”

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