By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe on Tuesday, pledged to support Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to ensure the activities of pirates are reduced to the barest minimum in the state.
Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed this when she received the State Coordinator and officials of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) Kaduna State office who came on a courtesy visit to Government House in Kaduna.
As part of activities to mark the 2022 World Intellectual Property Day, the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Kaduna State Office visited Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe to seek for government’s support in carrying out of its responsibility in the state.
The Deputy Governor commended the NCC for some of the successes made in fighting piracy in the state.
She pointed out that Intellectual property rights violation is causing hinderance to economic development in the country.
In a remark, the State Coordinator of the Commission, Rukayya Muhammad Yeldu, said they where at the Government House to inform the state government of some of their achievements and solicited support to address the challenges facing the commission in the state.
Rukayyat Muhammad Yeldu, who was accompanied by some creative and entertainment artists, said the visit was to update Kaduna State Government on some gains made in the fight against piracy and property rights violations and to seek the state government’s support in tackling the problem.
The advancement of technology in the reproduction of information and intellectual goods created a tool for piracy; copying and selling of another’s intellectual works across the globe.
As a result of inadequate laws, enforcement and proper monitoring, copyright theft; production of fake, sub-standard and unlicensed products are on the increase in the country.
This explains why the United Nations set aside 26 of April of every year to create awareness on the danger of copyright piracy and the need for all stakeholders to put more efforts to fight against the ugly act.