The Executive Secretary/CEO (ES) of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Ms Yewande Sadiku, paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on Tuesday 14th March. NIPC is responsible for promoting, coordinating and monitoring all investment in Nigeria.
The ES was received by the Director-General NCC (DG), Mr. Afam Ezekude. In the course of the meeting she stated that NIPC viewed NCC as a strategic partner in the task of promoting investment in Nigeria, particularly as NCC oversees the creative industries, which represents a sizeable proportion of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In his response, M. Afam Ezekude expressed his delight in receiving the ES, stating that NIPC is a strategic partner of NCC, as it offers a platform to enlighten intending investors in the creative sectors of the economy, pointing out that NCC’s task of maintaining a databank on authors and their works, enlightening and informing the public on matters related to copyright, the regulation of collective management organizations CMO), the enforcement of criminal provisions of the Copyright Act, amongst other tasks of the Commission, help to create a climate that enhances investment in the creative sector.
The DG further disclosed that in the period between January 2011 and February 2017 NCC in the discharge of its mandate had achieved the following:
- 295 anti-piracy raids carried out;
- 8,005.941 (Eight million five thousand and ninety-one) units of pirated copyright materials confiscated;
- 644 suspects arrested;
- A seizure of 28 containers of pirated works imported into Nigeria (containing books, CDs, DVDs, etc.);
- The estimated monetary value of intercepted pirated materials stands at N8.2 billion (which represents income which would have been lost to the operation of pirates);
- NCC has secured 56 criminal convictions (some with the maximum period of imprisonment without the option of fines) and has more than 175 cases pending at various divisions of the High Court;
- The Copyright e-registration scheme, established in 2014, facilitates the effective documentation of works and subsequent transfer of rights;
- The establishment of Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) over all sectors of the creative industry for the collation and distribution of royalties to rights owners in the preceding 4-year period generated more than N4 million;
- In 2012 NCC engaged in several legislative initiatives, the first one being the reform of the Copyright Act, to bring it up to international standards and enable the fulfillment of treaty obligations, the second being the copyright (levy on materials) order in respect of certain materials capable of being used to reproduce copyright works. Moneys collected are to be paid copyright owners as equitable remuneration for the unaccounted reproduction of their works;
- The Commission carries out vigorous public enlightenment campaigns through the various media and sensitization of the demographics that comprise the stakeholders in the creative sector.
Ms Sadiku commended the NCC for its achievements in spite of notable challenges in the area of funding, affecting the adequacy of personal and operational facilities. She particularly expressed admiration for the results of the CMOs had achieved, as well as for the Commission’s enforcement activities. Ms Sadiku further stated that she was committed to further helping shape investment and fiscal policy measures that will be of benefit to both agencies in encouraging and maintaining a climate that forsters investment in Nigeria.
Mr. Ezekude and Ms Sadiku both exchanged publicity materials from their respective agencies.
The visit ended with an interactive question and answer session.
The Executive Secretary was accompanied by a delegation comprising of:
- Mr. Mutawale Kukawa, Deputy Director Investor Relations
- Mr. Joel Attah, Head Protocol
- Mrs. Lovina Kayode, Head One Stop Shop
- Mr. Benjamin Mgbemere, Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary
Representing the NCC along with the DG are:
- Mr. Abdul Kohol, Director Prosecution
- Mr. Bitrus Dauda, Director PRS
- Mr. Augustine Amodu, Director Enforcement,
- Mr. Mike Akpan, Special Assistant to the DG and Director Regulatory; and
- Mr. Aderemi Adewusi, Deputy Director Public Affairs.