Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. John Ohi Asein has initiated a new operational strategy for the Commission, named Staff Neighbourhood Anti-piracy Surveillance (SNAPS).
The Director-General who disclosed this at the maiden NCC Staff Monthly Keep-Fit Exercise held at the Millennium Park, Abuja today (10 August 2019), stated that under SNAPS, all staff members would engage in anti-piracy surveillance and copyright awareness activities geared towards the actualisation of the Commission’s statutory mandates.
He tasked all staff members to be on the watch out for activities of pirates during the Salah Break and endeavour to educate people about copyright in their neighbourhoods.
Mr. Asein stated that intelligence gathered during SNAPS on the activities of pirates should be channelled by staff through their Heads of Departments and the Director of Enforcement to his Office for prompt follow-up actions.
The Director-General indicated that the Commission would soon introduce a Stakeholders’ Neighbourhood Anti-piracy Surveillance (SNAPS) as a proactive public private sector collaboration for effective copyright promotion, protection and enforcement strategy.
According to him, the upcoming stakeholders’ SNAPS would enable the Commission to engage and empower copyright stakeholders as the eyes and development partners of NCC in the creative industries.
He added that the initiative would would assist in building critical synergy in the fight against piracy while boosting public enlightenment on copyright issues nationwide.
Stressing the importance of fitness exercise, the DG urged staff members to embark on regular keep-fit exercise in view of its necessity for their health and bonding among operatives of the Commission.
The Director-General stated that in view of the necessity of physical fitness for officers of the Commission as Copyright Inspectors and functionaries of an enforcement Agency, fitness exercise would henceforth be inbuilt as part of staff promotion examinations.
Mr. Asein who commended the turnout and passion displayed by staff during the exercise, noted that staff members could achieve a lot by tapping into their innate talents.
He urged NCC staff in State Offices to identify with the Keep-fit initiative at the Headquarters by replicating same at their respective Offices.
The DG encouraged all staff to exercise regularly in their private moments and mind what they eat. He said he looked forward to a family recreational outing for all staff and their families.
Among a total of 29 staff that participated in the exercise were Mr. Mike Akpan, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics; Mr. Obi Ezeilo, Director, Prosecution; and Mr. Vincent A. Oyefeso, Director, Public Affairs. Also in attendance were representatives from DG’s Office, Departments of Legal Services, PRS, Prosecution, Public Affairs, Administration, Finance and Accounts and Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI).
The exercise is billed to hold on the second Saturday of every month while the DG has hinted that a trophy may be introduced for the best participating Department in subsequent editions.