OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL
MR. AFAM EZEKUDE
Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC)
Under the supervision of the Director–General, the Director-General's Office performs the following duties:
- Directs action on the day-to-day administration of the Commission
- Directs, co-ordinates and supervises activities of all Departments and Zonal Offices of the Commission
The Legal Unit performs the following tasks:
- Takes charge of legal issues on all matters affecting Copyright in Nigeria with particular reference to the Commission's statutory mandate.
- Facilitates the amendment of the Copyright Act by incorporating new trends in copyright legislation.
- Provides the legal basis for the issuance and implementation of the Commission's statutory Rules and Regulations.
- Provides the legal basis for the administration of the Copyright Notification Scheme.
- Develops and formulates Regulations for the Printing and Publishing Industry.
- Develops a case management system for the Commission.
- Develops and formulates the Nigerian Copyright Mediation Rules as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism under the Copyright Litigation Alternative Mediation Programme (CLAMP).
- Facilitates the Commission's effective liaison with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for conferences on Business Law and allied functions relating to the Copyright Law.
INTERNAL AUDIT UNIT
The Internal Audit Unit performs the following functions:
- Establishes policies for auditing activities of the Commission.
- Provides timely, periodic audit reports on the Commission's financial status and submits same to the Commission's Director-General with copies to the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Auditor-General of the Federation.
- Develops and executes comprehensive audit programmes for evaluation of the management controls of all the Commission's activities in line with its vision and mandate.
- Examines the effectiveness of the management of the Commission's resources to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures.
- Recommends improvement of management controls designed to safeguard government resources, promote growth and ensure compliance with government laws and regulations.
- Reviews procedures and records for their adequacy in accomplishing intended objectives and appraises policies and plans of activities or functions under audit review.
- Authorises the adequacy of the action taken by Management to correct reported deficient conditions; acknowledges adequate corrective actions, and continues to review with the Commission's management personnel actions considered inadequate until there has been a satisfactory resolution of the matter.
- Conducts special examinations at the request of Management, including reviews of presentations made by persons outside the Commission.
The Anti-corruption Unit performs the following functions:
- Acts as the main link between the Commission and ICPC
- Receive oral and/written reports of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption and submit report to the Secretary of ICPC with copies to the Chief Executive of the Commission.
- Examine practices, systems and procedures that aids fraud or corruption and submit detailed reports with recommendations to the Secretary of ICPC for appropriate action, with copies to the Chief Executive of the Commission.
- Educate all officials of the Commission on and against bribery, corruption and related offences by organising seminars, lectures and placement of anticorruption posters in very conspicuous places within the premises of the Commission
- Submission of quarterly and annual report of activities to the Secretary of ICPC.
- Prepare Action Plan for the Unit’s activities every year.
The Procurement Unit performs the following functions:
- Advertise and solicit for bids in compliance with guideline issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement from time to time.
- Receive and maintain appropriate documentation for bids received, examine bids received, obtain a Certificate of No Objection to Contracts Award from the Bureau of Public procurement, and make submissions to the Commission’s Tenders Board.
- Debrief the bid losers on request.
- Resolve complaints and disputes, if any.
- Obtain and confirm the validity of any performance guarantee
- Announce and publicize Contract Awards’.
- Execute all Contract Agreements.
- Handles all matters relating to stores and supplies.
- Manages the Commission's Tenders Board and Public Procurement.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) UNIT
The I.T. Unit performs the following functions:
Provides information technology-related support services to all departments and units of the Commission nationwide, such as;
- Hardware and software installation
- Computer and Internet security
- Website administration and content management
- Creating of new programs/applications for the departments/units
- Creating in-house monthly publications & newsletter
- Systems repairs and maintenance
- Support to computer users (staff)
- General support & troubleshooting
- Installing and setting up the computer network
- Training of staff on new software and application
- Maintenance of the Commission's in-house database/application
The Registry Unit undertakes the tasks below:
- Mails management, including receiving mails and despatching mails.
- Files management, including bringing out and returning files to the cabinet; recording in-coming and out-going files; merging T-files to main files; maintaining morning list of files; and keeping custody of staff personal files and policy files.
- Updating nominal roll
- Updating the staff disposition list
- Updating record of service
- Raising staff variation advice
- Documentation of new staff
- Manages all staff records and personnel data bank.
The Regulatory Department performs the following functions:
- Administers the regulatory Schemes of the Commission.
- Maintains effective liaison with stakeholders.
- Provides copyright counseling services to authors and members of the public.
The Schemes currently operational are:
- The Copyright Notification Scheme;
- The Video Rental Scheme;
- The Optical Discs Plants Regulation; and
- Regulation of Collective Management of Copyright.
The Department also coordinates the Commission's interagency collaboration geared at creating the required synergy in policy articulation and implementation among the four Government Agencies with related statutory mandates for the creative industries, which include film, music and broadcasting. The agencies, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) along with Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) operate within an informal consultative platform called The Creative Industry Regulatory Quartet. The Quartet facilitates deliberations on issues of common concern, periodic review of developments in the creative industries and charting ways of improving the regulatory policies and environment in the industries.
Enforcement Department performs the following functions:
- Takes part in designing policies and programmes for enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Copyright Law).
- Engages in general investigations and intelligence gathering.
- Takes charge of and/or oversees all enforcement activities of the Commission, including antipiracy operations (Arrests and seizures).
- Conducts surveillance on suspected piracy locations.
- Liaises with Sister Agencies and other relevant International Enforcement Agencies on enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.
- Post raid mop-up exercises (Inventory-taking, Suspects' personal profiling and modus operandi, as well as operational appraisal).
- Exhibit Management.
- Inspection of Copyright-based Industries.
The Prosecution Department performs the following functions:
- Prosecutes Copyright Cases
- Defends Civil Suits filed against the Commission
- Audits prosecution cases in all Zones
- Takes charge of Capacity Building Courses for Prosecutors
- Organises In-House Training of Enforcement Officers
- Compiles NCC Lawyers' Practice Notes
- Trains NCC Prosecutors
- Organises Study Meetings for Lawyers in the Commission.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
The Department of Public Affairs performs the following functions:
- Plans, develops and implements Public Enlightenment Programmes and Strategies in line with the Commission's statutory mandate, policy initiatives, vision and mission statements.
- Engages in Public Relations Research and Evaluation.
- Educates the public and stakeholders on the programmes and activities of the Commission through Media/Public Communication, Talk Shops, Advocacy Outreaches, Roads shows, etc.
- Produces and disseminates Press Releases and facilitates publicity in the Mass Media.
- Facilitates sponsored Feature Write-ups, News Analyses and Current Affairs issues on the Commission's mandate and activities in the Print and Electronic Media.
- Produces and facilitates publication and broadcast of Corporate Public Announcements and Advertorials in Print and Electronic Media.
- Monitors and evaluates the Print and Electronic Media reportage on the Commission for Feedback and Follow-up Measures.
- Writes, edits and produces NCC Newsletters, namely Copyright Bulletin and NCC NOTICEBOARD, as well as speeches and reports, etc.
- Prepares, supervises and produces Documentaries, Publicity Brochures, Posters, Handbills, Fliers and Jingles for public mobilisation, awareness creation, support and understanding among the Commission's publics.
- Coordinates the Commission's public/media events and programmes in collaboration with relevant Departments.
- Facilitates and coordinates content generation for the Commission's Website and uploading of awareness materials, in collaboration with other Departments and the IT Unit.
- Liaises with and answers enquiries from the Commission's publics.
- Carries out Photographic and Video Coverage, Production and Documentation of the Commission's events, programmes and activities.
- Produces Branded Corporate Souvenirs and Mementos for awareness purposes.
- Processes Travel Documents for the Commission's operatives in liaison with the Foreign Affairs Ministry, High Commissions, Embassies and allied establishments at national and international levels.
- Arranges Travel Logistics for the Director-General, Management and Staff as well as Official Guests of the Commission.
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
The Department performs the following functions:
- Prepares annual budgets, facilitates and monitors implementation of the budgets.
- Facilitates availability of funds for the Commission's operations.
- Advises and renders professional services to the Commission on all financial matters.
- Provides the Management and the Governing Board of the Commission with financial and accounting information required for making quality decisions.
- Establishes accounting procedures and internal financial controls.
- Collects all monies due to the Commission and disburses same as may be directed in line with Public Service Rules and Financial Regulations.
- Maintains accurate records of all financial transactions of the Commission.
- Prepares annual accounts and periodic records for audit purposes.
- Ensures sound Treasury arrangements, judicious expenditure, and proper safeguard of Commission's assets.
The Administration Department performs the following functions:
- Appointment: It handles all matters on staff appointment.
- Promotion: It handles staff promotion issues.
- Discipline: It carries out necessary disciplinary measures.
- Transport: It ensures that the Commission's vehicles function optimally.
- Maintenance: It provides decent working environment for members of staff.
- Welfare: It implements the Commission's welfare policy.
- Training: It handles training matters for senior and junior staff.
- Staff Identity: It ensures proper identification of NCC Staff.
NIGERIAN COPYRIGHT INSTITUTE (NCI) FUNCTIONS
Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI) is an arm of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) with primary responsibility for specialised copyright training, teaching, research and capacity building. To this end, the NCI offers various training and learning platforms to members of staff; stakeholders, administrators and policy makers in the copyright industries; IP teachers and researchers; members of the Bar and Bench as well as the public. It is also responsible for the dissemination of intellectual property knowledge to children and the development of curricula and appropriate text materials for use in schools. AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES The following training programmes are available at the NCI for national and international candidates:
- Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Courses in Copyright and Related Rights.
- Specialized Refresher Courses for Lawyers on Copyright Matters.
- Copyright Workshops for Copyright Practitioners in the Book, Film, Music, Broadcast, and Related Industries.
- Specialised Training for In-House Counsel and Legal Advisers on Copyright Matters.
- Seminars for Enforcement Officers.
- Principles of Collective Management and Collective Management Organizations.
- University Support Service (USS): This is designed to advance IP teaching and research. The USS is a support service for University lecturers and students towards their teaching and research needs. The services rendered include: identification and development of research themes; assistance with sourcing of relevant materials; fostering of effective mentoring of young IP Teachers and Researchers; building of peer linkages; publication of monographs, journals and special publications on IP. Mentoring of budding academics and researchers in the field of IP.
- Promotion of IP Teaching and Research: In order to strengthen IP teaching in Nigerian Universities, the NCI collaborates with interested Law Faculties to organise refresher and sensitisation workshops for lecturers and students, respectively.
- Development of Model Syllabus: The NCI has developed a model syllabus for IP teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Nigeria and continues to update this on an annual basis.
- Intellectual Property Law Course Materials for Nigerian Universities: The NCI has developed a set of reading materials for use by IP teachers in Nigeria. Copies of the materials are being made available free-of-charge to interested Law Faculties in the country.
- Publication of Nigerian Copyright Journal: The NCI has commenced publication of the Nigerian Copyright Journal, a peer-review, inter-disciplinary journal on copyright law and practice.
- Roundtable and Workshop on IP Teaching and Research: The NCI plans an annual Roundtable of IP Teachers under the aegis of the Nigerian Society of Intellectual Property Law as a learned society.