Ref: NCC/ADM.532/VI/623 Date: 3rd December 2020
Nigeria’s national antipiracy campaign has been boosted by the United States
Embassy with the donation of diverse operational equipment to strengthen the
regulatory and enforcement interventions of the Nigerian Copyright Commission
Presenting the working tools to the Director-General of NCC, Mr. John O. Asein at the
Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja on 2 nd December 2020; the Director,
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the United States Department
of Justice, Mr. James Jawett II, expressed hope that the working tools would assist in
the actualisation of the Commission’s mandate and growth of the creative industry in
He added that the donation marked an improvement in the good working
relationship between the agencies of the Governments of Nigeria and the United
States. The equipment donated include walkie-talkies, public address systems
projectors and projector screens, laptops, printers, backup batteries, whiteboards
with markers and flash drives.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony, the Director-General pointed out that
the facilities would assist the Commission, particularly in its efforts to check online
copyright infringements as part of the renewed national antipiracy campaign. He
indicated that the Commission’s newly created Online Copyright Inspectors Unit
would be the first beneficiary of the equipment stressing that the fifty laptops would
assist the Unit in the trace of online pirates and matching them with technology.
The Director-General expressed gratitude to the United States Government for the
donation, adding that it was a giant leap for the Commission and a significant
threshold in the relationship between the Commission and various Departments of
the US Government. He stated that the donation was an incentive for the
Commission to do more in delivering on its mandate and assured that all the items
would be put to good use by the Commission for the ultimate benefit of the creative
Observing that the donation was a wakeup call to other stakeholders to match words
with action by supporting the enforcement drive of the Commission, the Director-
General appealed to other donor agencies and corporate organisations to support
the Federal Government’s anti-piracy drive. He used the opportunity to also thank
other donors and law enforcement agencies for their collaboration.
Speaking on the draft copyright bill that has been cleared by the Federal Executive
Council for presentation to the National Assembly, Mr. Asein expressed the creative
sector’s appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Honourable Attorney-
General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN and
members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the special interest that they
have shown in giving Nigeria a comprehensive copyright legislation that meets the
needs of the digital environment.
He disclosed that the copyright bill provides for increased sanctions that serve as
deterrence to piracy, addresses the challenges of online infringement, digital
protection and better management of rights as well as a legal framework for the
registration of works.
The presentation of the working tools was concluded with the signing of the handing
over documents by Mr. James Jewett II, representing the US INL and Mr. John Asein,
on behalf of the NCC.
Other officials of the US Embassy in attendance were the Coordinator, International
Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP), US Department of Justice, Ms.
Tanya Hill; Legal Adviser, US Department of Justice, Mrs Bisi Olabanji; Programme
Management Specialist, INL, US Embassy, Ms. Adaeze Aki and Project Assistant, INL,
US Embassy, Mr. Mahmud Adamu.
Vincent A. Oyefeso
Director, Public Affairs
+234-8051143736, +234-8033244478, +234-9019013008
Get real time update about this post categories directly on your device, subscribe now.