Chris Steven, Abuja
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has inaugurated the Anti-Piracy Committee.
During the inauguration which held on Monday in Abuja, he charged the Committee to work out the modalities to tackle the piracy of creative works in the country.
The inauguration followed last week’s visit to Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, by the Minister to solicit the support of the Police in the fight against piracy.
Members of the committee include Adedayo Thomas , Director General, National Film and Video Censorship Board, Chief Tony Okoroji, the Chairman of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Deputies Inspector General of Police in Charge of Criminal Investigation Department Hyacinth Maidugu and that of Operations Joshak Habila; President, Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPAN) Abdullahi Maikano Usman; Ms Tundun Aderibigbe of the House of Tara and Mr. Tonye Princewell, a movie producer.
While inaugurating the Committee, the Minister said the time has come for a decisive action against piracy in the country.
“This is the first meeting between the police and the major stakeholders in the Ministry of Information and Culture as well as the Creative Industry (on piracy). This meeting is evidence that this is not just about mere talk, but about action,” he said.
Mohammed tasked the committee to devise a pragmatic approach that will ensure a regular and sustained enforcement, with a view to putting an end to the menace of piracy.