Min­is­ter seeks end to piracy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Lat­i­fat Opoola

The Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed has in­au­gu­rated an An­tiPiracy Com­mit­tee, to tackle piracy of cre­ative works in the coun­try.

Speak­ing at the event yes­ter­day in Abuja, the min­is­ter urged the com­mit­tee to take de­ci­sive ac­tion against piracy.

A state­ment by his as­sis­tant, Se­gun Adeyemi said “This is the first meet­ing be­tween the po­lice and the ma­jor stake­hold­ers in the min­istry as well as the Cre­ative In­dus­try (on piracy). This meet­ing is ev­i­dence that this is not just about mere talk, but about ac­tion.”

Mo­hammed tasked the com­mit­tee to de­vise prag­matic ap­proach that would en­sure reg­u­lar and sus­tained en­force­ment, with a view to putting an end to the men­ace.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­clude the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Na­tional Film and Video Cen­sor­ship Board, Mr Ade­dayo Thomas; The Chair­man of Copyright So­ci­ety of Nige­ria (COSON), Chief Tony Oko­roji; Deputies In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice in Charge of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment Hy­acinth Maidugu and that of Op­er­a­tions Joshak Ha­bila; Pres­i­dent, Mo­tion Pic­ture Prac­ti­tion­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MOPAN) Ab­dul­lahi Maikano Us­man; Ms Tun­dun Aderibigbe of the House of Tara and Mr Tonye Princewell, a movie pro­ducer.

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