The Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC) is ready to partner with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to ensure that Nigerian Universities comply with copyright laws on published materials, the Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor Julius Okojie has announced. The statement came during a visit to the Commission by NCC Director General Mr. Afam Ezekude and other consultants from outside Nigeria including Mr. David Uwemedimo, Director WIPO Copyright Infrastructure Division, and Mr Jim Alexander, International Copyright Consultant and former IFRRO Vice President.
Mr. Ezekude informed the Executive Secretary that the NCC had the responsibility of enforcing copyright law, granting licenses to writers and making sure that royalties and other benefits that accrued to a writer were given before his/her work is duplicated. As a result of this, Mr. Ezekude said, the Reproduction Rights Organisation of Nigeria (REPRONIG) was established and charged with the task of raising awareness of the public on the ills of reproducing a work illegally, without permission of the copyright owner..
For its part the NUC acknowledged the need for owners of published materials to earn royalty for their works and promised that the Commission would communicate to the Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC) so that they would carry out a awareness raising drive in their institutions for both academics and students. He said that when such mechanism is put in place, it would help check illegal copying and ensure enforcement in the universities. He stated that the project was a welcome idea, adding that the Commission would continue to take advocacy measures to ensure that academic authors received reward for their work.