Workers Advocate Removal Of Ezekude As Nigerian Copyright Commission DG Over Alleged Impunity


Mr. Afam Ezekude

Due to alleged maladministration, high-handedness and misappropriation of funds, the Senior staff of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has in the last weeks been calling for the removal of its Director General, Afam Ezekude, for alleged maladministration and misappropriations of funds.
The workers under the auspices of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), an affiliate of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), also demanded Ezekude’s immediate investigation and prosecution.
The association, which protested against the DG’s alleged maladministration and embezzlements of public funds on Monday, March 12, 2018, said Ezekude’s continued stay in the commission was affecting the growth of creative industry in the country.

Chairman of NCC chapter of the association, Moses Ihuma, who spoke on the telephone Thursday, March 15, 2018, said staff members of the commission have lost confidence in Ezekude’s absurd leadership of the Commission.
He noted that the director general had reduced the NCC, which is an enforcement agency set up to protect and promote the creative industry, to an agency for looting of funds.
He also alleged that poor welfare scheme resulted in the death of 15 employees of the commission, adding that undue and arbitrary transfers of staff without recourse to their core professional training and expertise has brought the Commission to its knees just as he stressed that they would continue their protests until their demands were met.
According to him, some of the senior staff who are Grade Level 12 and above officers have no offices and have been subjected to the D.G.’s vindictive re-postings over seven times without being paid the necessary allowances, pointing out that Mr. Ezekude in his lopsided administration would post and administrative officer to the legal department meant for trained lawyers which has led to the poor prosecution of copyright suit instituted by the Commission.
Ihuma, chairman of the association, further revealed that their grouse include lack of payment of staff allowances since 2011, lack of working tools and illegal renewal of Ezekude’s tenure, as well as the director general’s possession of two letters of tenure renewal from two different government offices.

The association had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Services (DSS) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) with evidences of corruption against Ezekude.

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