The Media Luncheon which was held in appreciation of the existing synergy between the Commission and the Media was aimed at cementing the relationship; propel the Media for effective reportage and to re-orientate the population’s perception about piracy and copyright abuses to salvage one of the most vibrant sectors of the economy.
Delivering his goodwill message, Mr. Ezekude while highlighting on the Commission’s responsiveness to stakeholders needs and the anti-piracy commitments from January 2011 to date, stated that in view of the commission’s zero tolerance to piracy, pirated works worth N8.1 Billion Naira has been confiscated.
The DG also disclosed that as a validation of the Commission's efforts in the fight against global piracy, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an arm of United Nations has decided to locate its Africa Regional Office in Nigeria.
He added that the only other African country granted this privilege is Algeria. The choice emanated out of an intense bid by many major African countries and was initiated by the Commission on the behalf of the Federal government in tandem with the Nigerian Permanent Mission in Geneva.
In further appreciation of the role of the media in execution of the commission’s mandate, the Director-General said, the achievements of the Commission will be meaningless if the public and stakeholders are not aware of them.
The Luncheon which was interactive in nature had in attendance representatives of several media organisations; Editors, Bureau cheifs, Programm Directors, Senior Reporters and Corresponents from across all the spectrum of the media; FRCN, NTA, NAN, Nigerian Pliot Newspaper, Nigerian Tribune, Punch Newspaper, The Authority Newspaper, Raypower FM and Staff of the Commission.
Also in attendance are the Director, Prosecution, NCC, Mr. A.T.Kohol, Director, Finance and Accounts, NCC, Mr. Mark Obasi, Director, PRS, NCC, Mr. Bitrus Dauda and Deputy Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Aderemi Adewusi.