To strengthen copyright protection and enforcement interventions across the country, retired Directors of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) have been admitted to its corps of Special Copyright Inspectors (SCIs) while its retiring Directors will similarly be invested as SCIs in line with section 38 of the Copyright Act which empowers the Commission to appoint Copyright Inspectors.
The Director-General of NCC, Mr. John O. Asein, made this revelation at the weekend while investing the immediate past Director of Legal Services of NCC, Abdul Ter Kohol, Esq. as a Special Copyright Inspector during a send-off party organised in his honour at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Mr. Kohol who became the first outgoing Director to be kitted as a Special Copyright Inspector was presented with a plaque as a mark his investiture. The Director-General also invested the former Director of Public Affairs, Ichie Sir Charles Obi who was Chairman on the occasion.
Commending the meritorious service and legacies of Mr. Kohol as a former Director in the Commission and first Director of Prosecution in the Commission, Mr. Asein called for greater collaboration between serving and retired staff of the Commission, adding “We should team up to sustain the growth of NCC and ultimate development of the creative industry”.
Responding, Mr. Kohol expressed appreciation to the Director-General for his initiative in honouring him with a befitting send-off from the Commission. “The DG has pleasantly surprised me by his goodwill. He has taken giant strides towards restoring the friendship which had been the hallmark of staff relationship in NCC from inception until recently. I am happy with my send-off,” he stated.
In his remarks, Sir Charles Obi gave assurance that he would utilise his status and role as a Special Copyright Inspector to boost the actualisation of the Commission’s copyright promotion and protection mandates in the Eastern geopolitical zone of the country.
Sir Obi who is a traditional Chief, an Ichie in his home town, Onitsha, Anambra State, stated that he was humbled by the honour done him by the Commission. He urged the Director-General to continue with his commendable initiatives to right all the wrongs that had undermined the growth of the Commission.
Vincent A. Oyefeso
Director, Public affairs