IT WAS all joy as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), Chuka Nnabuife bagged an award during the one year anniversary of Anti Piracy Society of Nigeria (APSON), which took place in ANPC Headquarters, Awka, Anambra State.
The award, which was the only award given at the occasion was for service to humanity due to his contributions to the foundation of APSON.
While presenting the award, the director general of APSON, Frank Uduonu, said, “he gave us platform for the foundation of this society. All our meetings have been held in this hall and he has directed us by giving us connection to our course.”
Sir Chuka, who was visibly happy over the award said, “I appreciate this society as both the leader and the group give me inspiration. I am impressed as the group has increased in number. This is not just an Anambra thing. This is a national thing. I am also looking forward to celebrating the society internationally”.
The event With theme, ‘Anti-Piracy and Counterfeiting: Evolving Challenges,’ was graced by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, represented by Nnabuife, representatives of Ministry of Indigenous Art Works, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Federal Competitions and Consumer Protection Commission(FCCPC), Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Dean Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, among others.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the DG of the organisation, Frank Udonu, said the summit provided stakeholders a platform to discuss challenges and proffer solutions facing intellectual property theft and piracy in the country, revealing that the organisation’s aim was to take the campaign of kicking against fake and pirated goods to the rural areas.
“We are taking this campaign to the grassroots in the state where there are neither internet nor electronic media. They are victims as they are not yet fully sensitised on what is fake or original”.
Another speaker and representative of Federal Competition Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Akam Emma, gave lectures on how to identify the original and fake in everyday product. He also enlightened the public, especially consumers on their rights.
“As consumers, you have the rights to choice, satisfaction of basic needs, healthy environment and competition.
He further enjoined the public to promote made in Nigeria products and asked Nigerian entrepreneurs to register their products. He also taught people the importance of checking serial numbers, batch numbers, expiry dates, manufacturing dates and NAFDAC numbers.
Nnabuife, also gave a lecture on effective branding, and advertising of consumer products to guard against piracy and faking.
He said, “like what a bible verse said,” you cannot hide a light under the bed.” You need to advertise your product frequently and by doing so, people can identify your original product and the counterfeited ones.” He also advised manufacturers to have their products franchised and registered, while urging the audience to buy products from the company that they know. Speaking on intellectual, Mr Chinecherem Oguegbe observed that students in different educational institutions are endorsing piracy on a large scale.
“During the time for project, you will see a lot of students in different cyber cafes, paying people to download project topics and contents, which are peoples works, research and sweat without feeling any remorse. This has now become the norms in our institutions today,” he said. He also encouraged APSON to partner different security agencies and charged the audience to speak up when necessary.
Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture and Tourism, Sally Mbanefo, through her representative, commended the organisers of ANSOP, saying that piracy is fast eating deep in our society and has devastating effect on scholarship and development of intellectual creativity. She enjoined everybody to come together and be their brothers’ keeper, by creating awareness and reporting suspected activities.
Chief Operating Officer, Ibeto Petrol Chemical Industry Limited, representing Ibeto Group, of sponsors of the organisation, David Obotie, stated, “we partnered with this organisation because we wanted to play a role in ensuring that consumers get quality products and rid the market of fake products.
He commended the organisation’s efforts towards fighting piracy.
Representing the Dean, Faculty of Law,UNIZIK, Eze Amaka, stated that there is no law in our constitution that protects the rights of the consumers.
“Unfortunately in Nigeria, we are not yet privileged like other countries as consumer rights is not provided for in the constitution”. She pleaded with government to bring down the cost of registering products.
Representative of FRSC, AACT al EL IKE, also disclosed that crooks are also selling fake driver’s license. He gave guidelines on how to get a legitimate driver’s license.
NSCDC Commandant for Anambra State, ACCT Dennis Reuben, was impressed by the agenda of APSON and promised to partner with them in getting rid of pirates and pirated products.
The provost, Federal College of Education Technical Umunze, Dr. Okoli .H. who was represented by Dr. Ugwuogo Christopher, said that he learnt so much from what has been taught by APSON.
In his words, “it will go a long way as people have been educated about the implications of using fake items more especially the edible one. The fight against fake products will be a continuous and sustainable fight and I am sure we will get to our target to eliminate those products, save consumers and their money.”
Dr. Rama’s Asuzu, advised the entire public to disengage themselves from pirating sother people’s products as the agency is now up and doing. He appealed to citizens to join hands together and fight the immoral act of some individual.
Highlights of the events included the cutting of cake, photo shots, drama and dance, award presentation, questions and answers, among others.
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