NCC Insists On Transparency, Professionalism To Enhance Copyright Enforcement

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Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. John O. Asein addressing members of the Commission’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) during their inauguration in his Office at the NCC Headquarters in Abuja recently

For proactive service delivery in the implementation of the Nigerian Copyright Commission’s (NCC) regulatory and enforcement mandates, its operatives must uphold the Public Service ethics of transparency, accountability, integrity and professionalism.

Director-General of NCC, Mr. John O. Asein who made the pronouncement in Abuja while inaugurating the Commission’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) recently, stated that the Commission’s operatives must align themselves with the anti-corruption policy of this administration.

According to him, the inauguration of the Unit was in compliance with the guidelines of the Independence Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to promote transparency in governance and check all forms of corruption.

Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Mark Obasi; Director, Prosecution, Mr. Emeka Ogbonnna; and Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Bitrus Dauda, listen during the address of DG, NCC at the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit members at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja recently

He charged the Unit to develop a system for also monitoring the activities of the Commission’s operatives across the country to check operational lapses.

Said he: “The Commission exists to serve the interests of authors, copyright owners, users and society as a whole. As we develop zero tolerance for piracy, we insist on prompt and quality service from all operatives”.

He therefore charged officers to discharge this mandate fearlessly, efficiently and creditably for the good of Nigeria.

Indicating that ACTU members would be held to a much higher standard, Mr. Asein noted that its members were appointed based on their integrity which must not be compromised. He tasked members of the Unit to show loyalty to country and be truthful, dedicated and professional in the discharge of their functions.

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Director-General, NCC, Mr. John O. Asein (L) presents the ACTU Operational Manual to the Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, NCC, Mr. Babatunde Salami, during the inauguration ceremony in Abuja recently

The Director-General also used the opportunity to disclose that the Commission would soon be introducing a whistle-blowing policy to complement the work of the Anti-Corruption Unit while secured channels would be provided for confidential reports.

In his remarks, Director of Administration, Dr. Idowu Ogunkuade, counselled members of the Unit to live above board as every one of them was being watched.

Stated he: ‘’Your work is not restricted to monetary issues alone but covers any act of misconduct that contravenes the Public Service Rules”.

Dr. Ogunkuade noted that although the tenure of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit was fixed, this was not sacrosanct as any act of misconduct on the part of any member would lead to appropriate sanctions in line with the protocol established by ICPC.

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(R-L) Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Mark Obasi; Director, Prosecution, Mr. Emeka Ogbonnna; and Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Bitrus Dauda, listen during the address of DG, NCC at the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit members at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja recently

Responding on behalf of the ACTU members, Assistant Director and Head of NCC Audit Unit, Mr. Babatunde Abdulsalami who doubles as Chairman of ACTU, thanked the Director-General for the confidence reposed in them. He pledged the Committee’s commitment to the same values of integrity and accountability in the interest of the country and the copyright system.

Other members of the ACTU, drawn from different Departments at the NCC Headquarters, were Assistant Chief Copyright Officer, Regulatory, Mrs. Oludayo Folarin; Assistant Chief Admin Officer, Mrs. Nelly Ayua; Senior Copyright Officer, Public Affairs, Mr. Amos Abutu; and Chief Clerical Officer, DG’s Office, Mr. Johnson Ogwu.

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