The Nigeria Customs Service has declared its commitment to joining forces with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) in a concerted effort to tackle the rampant piracy of intellectual and creative property within Nigeria.
During a meeting at the Customs Corporate Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, 21st November 2023, the Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, affirmed the readiness of the Customs Service to partner with the NCC to eradicate the scourge of piracy in the nation.
Welcoming the delegation from the Commission to his office, the CGC highlighted the collaborative initiative as a pivotal step that would establish a lasting legacy, effectively curbing piracy across the country.
CGC Adeniyi further elaborated on the Customs Service’s intention to bolster its programs in all spheres by engaging in creative activities and conducting specialized training sessions for its personnel, aiming to fortify their capabilities in combating piracy.
Addressing the necessity for comprehensive training programs for Customs officers to combat piracy, the CGC stated, “The program will equip officers and personnel with new skills and values, enhancing their competency and dedication in the fight against piracy.”
Expressing gratitude for the collaboration, the CGC emphasized the significant contribution that safeguarding creative and intellectual property makes to the country’s economic advancement.
Dr. John Asein, the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, conveyed appreciation to the Nigeria Customs Service for its ongoing efforts and stressed the paramount importance of addressing intellectual and creative property piracy.
“Our visit, Comptroller-General CGC Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, was to extend congratulations on your appointment and to forge a collaborative partnership to combat piracy,” stated the DG, emphasizing the Commission’s commitment to fostering creative skills among officers while actively collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service to fulfill its mandate.