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FG Moves To Stop Intellectual Theft, Piracy



By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah
Authors,musicians and artist are set to make more money as the federal government has moved to ratify its world treaties to provide them protection as far as the copyright of their production is concern.
Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami disclosed this to State House correspondent after the federal executive council meeting presided over by acting president ,Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential Villa,yesterday .
He said the council has given the approval and so the ratification of the treaties has been granted by the council.
According to him,Nigeria as a signatory to treaties and international conventions have a responsibility to ensure that they take the benefits and enjoy the advantages of the treaties.
“Well, Nigeria is a signatory to intellectual property of organisations of copyrights treaty – the world treaty, Beijing treaty and maracaise treaty. All these treaties are intended to provide protection to our creators, musicians, audio visuals as far as the copyrights of their productions are concerned. So, Nigeria is a signatory to those treaties and international conventions.
“So, as a signatory to those international conventions, we have a responsibility to ensure that they take the benefits and enjoy the advantages of the treaties by way of Nigeria being a signatory to those treaties and conventions,” Malami said.
He explained that the presentation of a memo was made to the council seeking the approval of the council for the ratification of the treaties adding that arising from that  his office  from the had been mandated and instructed to draft the necessary instrument for transmission to the world body in terms of ratification of world treaties associated with intellectual property of copyrights.
On his part, Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole said the  council considered a memorandum from the Federal Ministry of Health to centrally co-ordinate, place and fund the placement of house officers in accredited institutions across the country
“By this singular act, the sufferings of thousands of Nigerian young doctors will be put to an end. This new programme will be centrally co-ordinated by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria with effect from 2018, ” he added.

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