- NCC Director-General, Dr. John Asein (left) and the Comptroller-General of Customs, Adewale Adeniyi, during the NCC delegation’s courtesy visit to the Customs Headquarters in Abuja
By Anthony Nwachukwu
The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is ready to collaborate with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to combat piracy of intellectual and creative property in Nigeria, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, has said.
Adeniyi, who received members of the commission at the Customs Corporate Headquarters in Abuja Tuesday, said their collaboration would create opportunities for both parties to establish a significant legacy that would end piracy of intellectual property in the country.
He disclosed that the NCS has concluded plans to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to enhance its programmes in all aspects through creative activities and training of its staff.
He further stressed the need to train officers in combating piracy, as “the programme will introduce officers and men of the service to new values and expertise that would enhance their capacity and morale to fight piracy.”
Commending the collaboration, Adeniyi said it underscores how protecting creative and intellectual property significantly contributes to the country’s economic growth.
Earlier, NCC Director-General, Dr. John Asein, commended the NCS’ ongoing efforts, while emphasising the importance of addressing piracy of intellectual and creative property.
“The idea behind paying this courtesy visit to you, Comptroller-General Bashir Adewale Adeniyi, is to congratulate you on your appointment and extend our hands for collaboration to end piracy,” he said.
“Apart from strengthening the creative skills of officers and men in various sectors, the commission would achieve its mandates by working with the Nigeria Customs Service.”