September 19, 2016 — Last month, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) carried out a Compliance Inspection exercise at several Schools and Bookshops in Akwa Ibom State. The Liaison Officer, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Uyo Liaison Office, Mr. Charles Amudipe who disclosed this in a report noted that the Inspection exercise was carried out under the directive of the Director-General, Mr. Afam Ezekude. According to him, the DG had instructed that the NCC should collaborate with the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) to find ways to reduce the menace of book piracy and improve sale of books.
In accordance with the instructions, the NCC in Uyo agreed to amongst other things inspect schools, issue cease and desist letters to schools and also inspect major bookshops in order to remove all pirated textbooks from circulation before the resumption of schools. A total of 130 private schools were issued cease and desist letters while over a 100 copies of the Letter are still being distributed.
Officers of the Liaison Office inspected several Bookshops across the state including Sam Uwem bookshop, George Agi bookshop, Edem bookshop, Ette bookshop, Helen bookshop, Udy bookshop, Son’s bookshop, God’s Favour bookshop, Ekanem bookshop, Son’s Stationery bookshop, Friday Udo bookshop and George and Son’s bookshop, Bonimac Nigeria Enterprise, Uyo bookshop and Stationeries, and Santana bookshop.
The Liaison Officer called for public support of the efforts of the NCC and encouraged members of the public to patronize only original copies of published books and also report suspected pirates to the Commission. The NCC is scheduled to carry out a full-fledged Compliance Inspection of Schools later this month when schools are in session.
Source: Nigerian Copyright Commission