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Piracy, counterfeiting… not in Anambra State – Adinuba

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ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, has pledged the state government’s commitment to ensuring that the intellectual property rights of creative people and innovators are protected.
He also added that the state is keen on stamping out counterfeit and pirated products from markets and every aspect of pubic business, saying that no part of the state should serve as breeding ground for piracy.

The commissioner stated this in an address at the 2018 annual congress for combating piracy and counterfeit in Awka at the Events Hall I of Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), publishers of National Light newspapers.

The event was organised by Anti-Piracy Society of Nigeria in collaboration with Anambra State Government.

According to him, piracy and counterfeit as disincentives to enterprise has no place in any of the state’s economic development templates.

“Anambra State Government wants its citizens to go for ‘California-type’ of economy which is based on entertainment and entrepreneurship, which go hand in hand with ICT development. Anambra State government is willing to partner with you to fight theses menace.

In the next two weeks, we shall set up anti piracy unit in the Ministry of Education. This government is very effective and emphasis on the importance of ICT stated that Nollywood should be ICT driven.  Anambra State has produced numerous artists, novelist and actors. Piracy must not succeed.

If it must take place then definitely not in Anambra state. Nigerians have good music that is sang all over the world and people who suffered to learn such music, put in money to product it should be allowed to reap the fruits of their labours, not to suffer in the hands of piracies,” Adinuba said.

The commissioner also stated that Anambra is the only state where workers and pensioners take  home their wages between 24th and 26th every month, with the best Digital Radio Station in the country to boot, noting that this has earned the sobriquet of ‘alert governor’ for Gov Willie Obiano.

Adinuba, therefore, urged the anti-piracy coalition to rally round the governor in his efforts to widen the frontiers of ingenuity and creativity by making piracy and counterfeit a thing of the past.

Also speaking while delivering the keynote address under the theme “Evolving Challenges: Innovating Responses” in a paper titled “Innovation: Not ‘Monkeywork’ for Baboonchop,’” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ANPC, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, disclosed that it was often difficult to create something meaningful from an idea or a dream.

 

“Before the creative individual will benefit from his idea, product or innovation, he should duly take ownership of it and make the world aware of his ownership of it. This can be done through recognised process of intellectual property protection and administration, such as copyright patent and design as well as trademark among others,” he said.

In his own contribution, President of Anti-Piracy Society of Nigeria, Frank Uduonu said that propagating and pushing originality remained an integral part of the group’s crusade, stressing that anti-piracy has come to stay.

Similarly, Coordinator of South East Unit of Consumer Protection Council of Nigeria Mrs. Ngozika Obidike, said that with everybody being a consumer, the council has been statutorily assigned the duty of protecting people and products through sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns at schools, churches and communities, noting that these exercises are carried out for free.

Highlight of the seminar was a demonstration on how to identify fake from original products, by Akanu Humphery Emmanuel who called on the public to know that there are many fake products in Nigerian markets, explaining that people can identify original products by searching for expiring dates, batch numbers and manufacturing dates amongst others.

Other speakers at the workshop include Chairman Academic Staff Union of Nigerian University (ASUU) Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) Awka, Dr. Stephen U. Ufoaroh and Dean of Students Affair of the university, Prof. Stan Udedi. The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) was represented by Mr. Calistus Okeke.

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