The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) recently hosted 400 level Students from the Law Department, Ahmadu Bello University. training them on some copyright basics. The students visited the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja on July 19, 2017, were they learned about the rudiments of Copyright, enforcement activities of the Commission, and other Intellectual Property (IP) related matters.
Welcoming the ABU Students, the Director-General, Mr. Afam Ezekude briefed them on the mandate of the Commission noting that it is saddled with the responsibility of enlightenment, administration, enforcement of the Copyright Act , prosecution of offenders amongst other mandates.
The Director of the Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI), the training arm of the Commission, Mr. Idowu Ogunkuade stressed that the Commission is committed to its vision of harnessing the potentials of creativity for national development.
As part of the visit, the Students took part in an interactive session of Lectures. The lectures were delivered by different staff members of the Commission including the Director, Regulatory Department Mr. Mike Akpan who explained the functions of the Department, Collecting Societies and administration of the various Schemes of the Commission.
The Director NCI spoke about the functions of the Institute; while Mr. Net Pyam, a senior copyright officer, gave a breakdown of Enforcement Procedure of the Commission.
The ABU students received several materials to aid their learning and further understanding of copyright principles including the Copyright Act, which was presented to them by the Director of the NCI. The students also received a brief tour of the Commission Library and some offices.
Receiving the books on behalf of the Vice Chancellor ABU, Barr. Zainab Abba Haruna of the Faculty of Law and the leader of the delegation appreciated the Commission for the lecture, adding that the students are better informed.Mrs. Haruna further applauded the efforts of the Commission at fighting piracy and assured that they will henceforth be ambassadors of the Commission on Copyright.
Source: Nigerian Copyright Commission