The Federal Government has pledged to support the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) to enable the creative industry contribute its quota to the growth and development of the economy.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this in Abuja during an audience with the Board members of COSON led by its Chairman Chief Tony Okoroji, who were at the Tafawa Balewa building, Abuja
The organisation had earlier conferred on the Minister COSON award of the year which is the highest honour of the organisation.
Onyeama stressed the importance of the organisation with regards to the development of creative industry in Nigeria.
“I want to really commend the leadership of the organisation and I feel very humbled and honour for the award which shows the importance of intellectual property.
“We are now in the knowledge economy in the world and we have seen how the creative industry has played important role in the economy in major industrialised country.
“And, how it has played more and more important role in Nigeria, its role came to limelight during the rebasing of Nigeria economy where Nigeria became the largest economy in Africa,” he said.
According to him, one of the greatest factors that contributed to that was the creative industry; and it is important because what they do was to collect royalties to pay the artists.
He said that the creative industry had really redefined the country and also rebranded the nation and helped in growing the economy.
“The bulk of Nigeria population is made up of youth so to have an industry that is really creating jobs for the youth and creating a very positive image for the country.
“The industry is also adding to the wealth of the country which is amazing,” he said.
He however, noted with concern that one of the biggest challenges of the industry was piracy,
Earlier the Chairman of COSON board sough the cooperation of the Federal government in the development of creative industry.
Okoroji said that the organization was trying to work with the Federal Government at different levels and at the level of foreign affairs because Nigerian creative products are all over the world.
“The issue is that we are not getting appropriate value for the work and then we need to engage all the stakeholders and others involved in the changing nature of the economy.
“We will engage the Ministry of Information and Tourism, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and all other agencies involved,” he said.