In preparation for the 2016 Book Season, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently carried out a Compliance Inspection exercise in several Schools and Bookshops across some Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State on August 9, 18, and 25, 2016.The Liaison Officer, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Uyo Liaison Office, Mr. Charles Amudipe who disclosed this in a report noted that the Inspection exercise is a follow-up to a directive by the Director-General, Mr. Afam Ezekude that the Office should collaborate with the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) to find ways to reduce the menace of book piracy and improve sales of books.
He said the Office agreed to amongst other things inspect schools, Issue CEASE AND DESIST letters to schools and also inspect major bookshops so as to remove all pirated textbooks from circulation before schools resume. Giving a breakdown of what has been done; Mr. Amudipe stated that a total of One Hundred and Thirty (130) private schools in Akwa Ibom have been issued the CEASE AND DESIST letters while over a One Hundred (100) copies of the Letter are still being distributed.
The Liaison Officer also noted that the Office will carry out a full-fledged Compliance Inspection of Schools in September when schools resume. According to him, the Officers of the Liaison Office Inspected several Bookshops; which led to the confiscation of several copies of pirated books and enlightenment of booksellers and stakeholders. Mr. Amudipe, giving a review of the Bookshop Inspection exercise disclosed that, the Office on August 9, 2016 inspected the following shops: Sam Uwem bookshop, George Agi bookshop, Edem bookshop, Ette bookshop, Helen bookshop, Udy bookshop and Son’s bookshop respectively.
Similarly, other bookshops located at A-line section of Ikot Ekpene Main Market were also inspected namely: God’s Favour bookshop, Ekanem bookshop, Son’s Stationery bookshop, Friday Udo bookshop and George and Son’s bookshop all located at 12, Club Road. In the same vein, the Liaison Office Commission also embarked on inspection exercise within Uyo metropolis in Akwa Ibom State on August 18, 2016. The exercise which was carried out by operatives of the Commission, led by Liaison Officer, NCC, Mr. Charles Amudipe, gave the names of the bookshops visited as Bonimac Nigeria Enterprise located at 51, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo bookshop and Stationeries also located at 15 Ikpa Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
In another development, Officers of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) carried out an inspection exercise of some bookshops in Eket Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State on August 25, 2016. During the exercise, bookshops visited were Santana bookshop located at 2, Parklane; Lukason bookshop located at 3; Grace Bill Road and Onyekwere bookshop located at 37, Oron Road, all in Eket. He urged the general public to support the efforts of the Commission by patronizing only original copies of published books and also report suspected pirates to the Commission.