August 09, (THEWILL) – The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to suppress the sale of pirated items at airports in the country.
The NCC, in a statement by its Director of Public Affairs, Vincent Oyefeso, on Tuesday, said the MoU was signed on behalf of the Commission by its Director-General, John Asein, while Managing Director of FAAN, Rabiu Yadudu, signed on behalf of FAAN.
The provisions of the MOU cover joint enforcement to curb copyright infringements, training, intelligence sharing, and the arrest of persons dealing with infringing materials at the airports and environs.
Asein, who expressed support for the fight against pirated materials, said such acts tarnish the image of Nigeria to airport users.
“Apart from the injury to right owners, the display of pirated materials was tarnishing the image of Nigeria in the sight of airport users”, he said.
On his part, Yadudu said the aviation industry does not tolerate or encourage fraudulent activities and is committed to ensuring that all activities in and around the airports are legal.
He added that the protection of arts and culture, as well as all other creative works, is “a worthy cause which is in line with international aviation protocols.”