In a significant move towards safeguarding intellectual and creative property in Nigeria, the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, declared the Nigeria Customs Service’s preparedness to collaborate with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in the fight against piracy. The announcement was made during a meeting with members of the Commission at the Customs Corporate Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.
Welcoming the delegation to his office, CGC Adeniyi expressed optimism that the collaboration would pave the way for both entities to establish a lasting legacy, effectively putting an end to the menace of piracy in the country. He revealed that the Nigeria Customs Service had outlined plans to engage with relevant stakeholders, bolstering its programs through creative initiatives and staff training.
Highlighting the necessity of organizing training for Customs officers to combat piracy effectively, CGC Adeniyi stated, “The program will introduce officers and men of the Service to new values and expertise that would enhance their capacity and morale to fight piracy.” He underscored the role of protecting creative and intellectual property in contributing significantly to the country’s economic growth.
Dr. John Asein, the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, led the delegation and expressed appreciation for the ongoing efforts of the Nigeria Customs Service. During the courtesy visit, he emphasized the critical importance of addressing piracy in intellectual and creative domains. Dr. Asein stated, “The idea behind paying this courtesy visit to you, Comptroller-General CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, was to congratulate you on your appointment and to extend our hands for collaboration to end piracy.”
He further explained that, in addition to enhancing the creative skills of officers across various sectors, the commission aims to fulfill its mandates through strategic collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service.