Change Of Barton: Eriemeghe Takes Over From Chukwuji As COSON GM

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Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji (r) hands over COSON flag to his successor, Ms Bernice Eriemeghe (l)

Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), has appointed Ms Bernice Eriemeghe as the new General Manager of the wave-making Collective Management Organisation (CMO). Bernice who got the nod of the COSON Board to assume the position, was before her appointment, Head of Finance & Administration at COSON.

Ms Eriemeghe takes over from Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji who has been General Manager of COSON from inception and whose voluntary retirement as General Manager took effect on April 1 during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Bernice Eriemeghe is a graduate of Accounting with an MBA and belongs to several professional bodies amongst which are the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria (MILRM).

The widely travelled Ms. Eriemeghe who speaks fluent French, has had significant international work experience especially in France. Several times in the past, Ms Eriemeghe had acted as the COSON General Manager in the absence of Mr. Chukwuji.

At a brief formal change of baton ceremony which took place at the magnificent COSON House Arena in Ikeja on Thursday, May 7, Mr. Chukwuji thanked the Board of COSON and the members for the opportunity affirded him to participate in the building of COSON which he referred to as an exceptional Nigerian institution respected across the world.

Declared Chukwuji: “What I have had with COSON was not a job but a passion”.

He assured the Board members and staff present that his commitment to the continued growth of COSON remained strong and would last for the rest of his life, just as he called for a standing ovation for the Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji, whose unparalleled vision, commitment and never-say-die spirit according to Mr Chukwuji, are responsible for the resilience and continued development of COSON.

Said Chukwuji: “Nothing and no one can break the special bond I have with this extra-ordinary Nigerian”.

Appealing to all staff of COSON to give the new General- Manager the same support that was given to him, Chukwuji said that with his new position as a COSON Consultant, as approved by the Board, he was only a phone call away and always available to make his training and experience useful whenever required by COSON.

He presented a copy each of the COSON Memorandum & Articles of Association, the Companies & Allied Matters Act and the Copyright Act to Ms Eriemeghe saying that with strict compliance with the prescriptions of the documents and a complete reading and understanding of the book, “Copyright & the New Millionaires” authored by Chief Tony Okoroji, she could not go wrong. He finally presented Ms. Eriemeghe with the COSON flag and urged her to fly the flag higher and higher.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of COSON, Chief Tony Okoroji praised the former General Manager for his work at COSON, the camaraderie and warmth with which he is passing the torch to his successor, a passage that would have resulted in bad blood and disagreement elsewhere.

On behalf of the Board and members of COSON, the Chairman presented Mr Chukwuji with a plaque in recognition and appreciation of his contribution to the growth of collective management of copyright in Nigeria during his almost ten years as General Manager of COSON.

Other new appointments made by the Board are that of Mr. Vincent Adawaisi, formerly Head of Membership who becomes Deputy General Manager, Mr Isa Aruna, formerly Head of Datatech assumes Head of Membership & Datatech, Mr. Anthony Imuse, formerly a Finance Executive who becomes Head of Administration. Mr. Tolulope Balogun, erstwhile Head of New Media was appointed Head of Communications & New Media.

At the event, Chief Okoroji pledged that going forward, the COSON Board was laser focused on making COSON a fast class international organisation driven by data, digital technology, transparency and accountability with the clear objective being the happiness and well-being of the stakeholders.

Present at the event were COSON Board members such as KSB, Richard Cole, Maureen Ejezie and Eng. Sharon Esco Wilson.

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