General Yakubu Gowon (rtd),
Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Thursday called on the Federal Government to take serious the need to protect copyright materials in the country.
Speaking at the launch of the Reform of the Copyright System in Nigeria, Gowon said the creative industry remained an impetus of the nation’s growth in the future.
According to him, author, composer, performer or visual artists should be allowed a conducive environment to exploit the product of their creative enterprise.
He stated that in the emerging global economy, driven by innovation and knowledge based goods, copyright protection had become more crucial to development of nations.
He said: “The creative industries, authorship arts, nollywoodism, etc have indeed contributed immensely to our economic advancement providing employment opportunities to the teaming population of our vibrant youths and population.”
He, therefore, called on government to build structures to promote and protect the creative industry in order to secure a bright future for the present and future generations.
Gowon pointed out that government’s protection of the creative industry would serve as an assurance to investors that their investment was secured.
He also appealed to Nigerians to support both the Federal Government and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in ensuring that the creative industry remained vibrant.
NCC’s Director General, Mr Afam Ezekude, noted that despite the exponential growth in film and music industries in Nigeria, the contributions of the creative industries to the overall national economic profile remained dismal.
He pointed out that a weak copyright system was largely responsible for the country to derive maximum benefit from its booming creative industry.
“In realisation of the forgoing, NCC has initiated the reform to reposition the country’s creative industries for greater growth that will facilitate access to new markets and strengthen the capacity of the various creative sectors to compete more effectively in the global market,” Ezekude said.