Public Affairs Department Mandate
In line with the mandate of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on the promotion of copyright in Nigeria under the Copyright Act 2004, the Public Affairs Department coordinates the public awareness interventions of the NCC. The focus to facilitate consistent enlightenment of the Commission’s diverse publics and stakeholders in the copyright industry, on its statutory mandates, programmes and policy implementation towards sustainable development of the creative industries in the interests of copyright owners and users as well as in the overriding national interest.
The Department operates via three Units:
Media and Publicity Unit
The Media and Publicity Unit interfaces with the Mass Media, namely Print and Electronic, plus the Social Media platforms of the Commission, for dissemination of information on the activities of the Commission to its various stakeholders and development partners. The Unit, in liaison with other Departments, also manages the Commission’s website.
Corporate and Public Enlightenment Unit
The Corporate and Public Enlightenment Unit has responsibility for articulating the corporate perspectives and branding of the Commission’s reputation profile for positive public perception and awareness creation among its publics. It deploys both online and offline public relations strategy in corporate designs and project implementation to cultivate good reputation for the Commission via the formal mass media and social media platforms of the NCC like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as by means of informal media like billboards, posters, handbills, fliers, souvenirs, etc.
The Protocol Unit coordinates the Commission’s interface with sister regulatory/enforcement agencies, national and international development partners. In liaison with Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Diplomatic corps, the Unit also facilitates official travels by the Management and staff of the Commission.
The combined thrusts of the interventions of the Public Affairs Department are geared at creating sustained public sensitisation on the values and relevance of copyright to national economic development, to engender the culture of respect for creativity and discourage the illegal tendency of copyright infringements, or piracy, punishable on conviction to various terms of sentences in fines and, or imprisonment under relevant sections of the Copyright Act, CAP C28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.