Abuja – Alhaji Aliyu Pai, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secretary, in charge of education, yesterday in Abuja, warned publishers against the sale and distribution of pirated books in the territory.
Pai, who gave the warning at the 14th FCT Book Fair, organised by Education Resource Centre (ERC), described the practise as a serious disservice to the development of education. Hajia Rahmatu Ibrahim, Chairman, Secondary Education Board (SEB) represented Pai on the occasion.
The secretary said that FCT would not hesitate to evoke the relevant provision of the law to punish any person who indulges in such unethical practice.
According to him, the illicit business is capable of negating the essence of the book fair. He, however, noted that the fair served as a veritable antidote to illegal circulation of pirated books. Pai commended the exhibitors for their efforts in enhancing the quality of education in the territory.
In his remarks, Mr Emmanuel Aina, Director of ERC, said the fair was an annual event aimed at making books available and affordable to the public. He promised that the fair would exhibit quality and valid books which the education department had chosen for schools in the FCT.
Aina also commended the collaborative efforts of publishers for making the fair to meet the expectation of the public. Also speaking, the representative of the publishers, Mr El-maarouf Abdourl of Odusote bookstore, said that books are of tremendous value to human knowledge.