Culture, Tourism and National Orientation Minister Commends NCC’S Anti-Piracy Efforts

26 September 2014

The Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke has commended the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, for what he described as its tremendous effort in fighting piracy in the entertainment and Creative Sector. He said it was on record that the issue of piracy has been drastically reduced by the spirited efforts of the Commission.

The Honourable Minister who was represented at the event by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Nkechi Ejele disclosed this while declaring open the workshop organized by the NCC for staff of the Ministry’s newly created Entertainment and Creative Services Department held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry on September 11, 2014. He said he was “optimistic that the workshop will broaden the knowledge of staff of the Ministry which would help them face the daunting challenges ahead in the Entertainment Industry”.

Also speaking at the event, the Director General, NCC, Mr Afam Ezekude described the workshop as a reaffirmation of the close linkage between entertainment, creativity and copyright while also stating that it was a demonstration of the unalloyed commitment of the Commission to promote inter-agency collaboration in the discharge of its mandate.

He thanked the minister for accepting the offer from the Commission to offer training for staff of the newly formed department which he said would open up new opportunities and promote mutually beneficial synergy to strengthen institutional capacities and enhance service delivery to the very important creative industries.

Speaking further, the DG said the training is designed to acquaint officers of the Department with the economic importance of the creative industries and how they interface with the Copyright System. The DG encouraged participants to take full advantage of the opportunity provided by the training.

The DG explained that he had directed the Nigerian Copyright Institute, NCI to identify other areas of collaboration with the Ministry and other Departments with a view   to assisting them to deliver on their mandates. Lectures at the workshop were delivered by Mr John Asein, Director, NCI, Mr. Bitrus Dauda, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, NCC, Mr. Austin Amodu, Director, Enforcement, NCC, and Mr. Mike Akpan, Deputy Director and Head, Regulatory Department, NCC.

The workshop which had the theme ‘The Copyright System as a Catalyst for Growth in the Entertainment and Creative Sector’ was attended by senior officers in the Entertainment and Creative Services Department of the Ministry and a team of Directors and staff of the NCC.

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