NCC To Sign An MOU With University Of Abuja

24 October 2016

Director General Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Mr. Afam Ezekude has expressed the willingness of the commission to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Abuja in view of the indispensible role of intellectual property to the proper functioning of the university system in Nigeria.The D-G, (NCC), disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the Vice-Chancellor University of Abuja, Professor M. U. Adikwu and his management team to the commission’s headquarters Abuja on October 19th, 2016.

Mr. Ezekude in his address highlighted on the core mandate of the commission which is the enforcement of copyright, creating awareness and regulating the creative industry. He also stated that the commission has put in a lot of measures to reach out to as many universities as possible while intimating the management team of the commission’s readiness to sensitize the university staff on copyright related issues.

Responding, the Vice – Chancellor while calling for synergy between University of Abuja and the commission stated that the importance of intellectual property to the university cannot be underscored. While acknowledging the herculean task involved in policing intellectual property, he advocated for a MOU to enhance the collaboration.

Professor Adikwu further stated that due to the increasing level of sophistication and plagiarism, the university is embarking on investment in softwares to curtail the ugly trend.In the same vein, the DG, NCC, while acknowledging the appeal of the university said high level objectives has been set by the commission for the proactive enforcement and prosecution of copyright offenders.

The DG, NCC, also spoke on the reforms being carried out in the copyright system in line with current best practices particularly in the areas of tackling digital infringement of intellectual property.The meeting was highly interactive with questions and answers on copyright and the creative industry generally.

Others present includes Director Prosecution, NCC, Mr. A.T. Kohol, Director Finance and Accounts, NCC, Mr.Mark Obasi, Director PRS, NCC, Mr. Bitrus Dauda, Director Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Augustine Amodu, Director Regulatory, NCC, Mr. Mike Akpan, DDPA, NCC, Mr. Aderemi Adewusi, Prof. Clement D. Cup (University of Abuja), Dr. R.I. Echezon (Librarian University of Abuja), Mrs. Rifkatu H. Swanta (Registrar, University of Abuja) and others.

Amos Abutu

For: Director-General

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