Copyright Commission Holds 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving In Abuja, Cautions Pirates

The Christian Thanksgiving Service marking the 30th Anniversary of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) held at the City of David Area Headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, National Christian Centre, Abuja today.

The Director-General, NCC, Mr. John Asein, led the Management team and staff of the Commission in attendance at the Anniversary Thanksgiving also graced by representatives of stakeholders from the copyright industry and sister agencies of Government.

Pastor-In-Charge of RCCG FCT Province 4, Chapel of Life, Pastor (Dr.) Dele Babade delivered the thanksgiving benediction for the Commission and it’s workforce while Pastor-In-Charge of City of David, Pastor Agbolade Okenla, delivered the sermon.

In his charge, the Director-General, NCC, Mr. Asein decried the prevalence of copyright piracy in Nigeria, particularly the piracy of the Holy Bible and Christian devotional books like the Open Heavens, Daily Manner devotionals, among others.

The Director-General assured that the Commission would step up enforcement measures to check the piracy of copyright protected works across the country.

He indicated that the Commission would partner with the Church authorities to stamp out piracy of the Bible and Christian devotional books.

The Director-General observed that the thanksgiving service was unprecedented in the history of the Commission, and assured that henceforth, NCC would hold annual thanksgiving service in gratitude to God for His protection and goodness to the Commission and the creative industries.

Mr. Asein donated 150 copies of the Commission’s awareness publication, “What Is Copyright”, and enjoined the pastorate to give the books to all the children in the Church to enlighten them on basic copyright issues.

Pastor (Dr.) Babade urged the Director-General to be firm and fearless in discharging the statutory mandates of the Commission with a view to ensuring effective copyright protection and development of the creative industries.

Pastor Babade who testified to the diligence and commitment of Mr. Asein seasoned public servant remarked that he was hopeful that under his watch the Commission would intensity efforts to deliver on its mandates in the national interest.

Detailed report in due course.

Below are some pictorials of the NCC 30th Anniversary Christian Thanksgiving in Abuja today.

Vincent A. Oyefeso
Director, Public Affairs
For: Director-General