New NCC DG, John Asein, pledges restructuring of agency

Newly appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein, has declared his commitment to the reconstruction and repositioning of the commission for effective regulation and development of the nation’s copyright industries.

Mr Asein made the declaration at a management meeting upon his assumption of office at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday following his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari,

Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Justice and Solicitor-General of the Federation, Dayo Apata SAN, who conveyed the president’s approval in a letter dated January 15, 2019 with Ref. No. MT:4511/T/106, stated that Asien’s appointment for an initial four-year tenure took effect from January 8.

Asein, who had reported at the commission’s Headquarters on January 16, called for dedication and team work among management and staff.

The new director-general indicated that the commission under his watch would develop a comprehensive intervention strategy that would impact positively on every sector of the creative industries.

He assured that it would be proactive in the execution of its mandate under the Nigerian Copyright Act CAP C28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, adding that areas of its mandate like the visual arts and others which have not received sufficient attention would be covered.

“We must change the copyright narrative in Nigeria positively to impact the copyright-based industries to the benefit of all copyright stakeholders,” he stated.

He stressed the need for a cohesive management that would deliver on the mandate of the Commission, adding that staff discipline, manpower development and institutional strengthening wound be prioritised.