Publishers seek review of Nigeria’s copyright law, donate buses to UBEC

*The Nigerian Publishers’ Association urges the government to put in place functional book policy, saying the issue of piracy is not something to be taken with levity without strong legal backing

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a bid to rally stakeholders towards addressing the disturbing issue of piracy of intellectual property in the country’s economy, the Nigerian Publishers’ Association has urged the Federal Government to commence the crackdown on pirates and vendors of pirated books being sold across the country.

Gbadega Adedapo, President of the association, made the call Wednesday, in Abuja, FCT, while presenting three brand new Coaster buses to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

The President of Nigerian Publishers’ Association, stated that authors are worried that most of the books being sold in the country are not from their original owners, reports ThisDay.

Adedapo stressed the publishers urged the government to strengthen the copyright law so as to eradicate the menace of piracy in Nigeria.

However, the association is already collaborating with several organisations, including the Nigerian Copyright Commission, with a view to ensuring that books are bought from rightful owners, said he.

The government should put in place functional book policy as the issue of piracy is not something that could be taken with levity without strong legal backing, he noted.

The Association’s gesture to UBEC, Adedapo said, is part of its social responsibility with the hope that the donation would be useful as well as contributes to the commission’s increased productivity.

He disclosed “we all know how important education is to a nation, and this facilitated the need for us to support UBEC in its mandate since it’s in congruence with our goal too at our association.

“We have donated books worth over N27 million to UNICEF for onward distribution at IDP camps, and we won’t rest on our oars as we will continue to support our society.”

Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, expressed appreciation to members of the association for their kind gesture.

The buses would be used for the coordination of basic education and staff welfare, said Dr. Bobboyi.

He disclosed that the education agency is ready to collaborate with the association on book policy by engaging on the supply of quality and curriculum books for the promotion of education and literacy across the country.

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