As the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, attains another milestone, it is also counting on their achievements in re-positioning the creative industry as a critical sector for economic plans.
The Director-General of the Commission, John Asein, stated this at a thanksgiving service to mark 30th the Anniversary of the Commission in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Director General also revealed plans to fight piracy of devotional and Christian books as the Commission partners with the church.
In his words: “The most pirated books in the world are the Bible and ‘Open Heavens’ a devotional by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). It should not happen under our watch. By God’s grace, it will not happen. The gold sticker on the open heavens was put there to deter pirates but they still pirate.
“We will reach out to the church authorities and from January, Open Heavens, Daily Manna that have become where pirates are feasting will be blocked come next year.
“More than 90 percent of devotionals on the streets are pirated but it is for a time like God has raised us,” he said.
Mr. NCAsein also said the Commission is intensifying efforts to silence the pirates and lift up creativity to boost the nation’s economy.
Also speaking, Pastor Gbolade Okenla, said that everyone in this generation has something to deliver for the good of the Nigeria.
The NCC was inaugurated on August 29, 1989, first as the Nigerian Copyright Council. It was elevated to the status of a Commission in April 1996.