By Prince Osuagwu
The Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC, and National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, NOTAP, have committed to exploring avenues of inter-agency collaboration towards boosting the development of the intellectual property (IP) industries and technology transfer in the country.
This was a fall out of the consultative meeting between the Director-General of NCC, Mr Afam Ezekude, and that of NOTAP, Engr. Umar Bindir last week.
The latter had paid a courtesy visit to the NCC DG in Abuja recently, and during discussions, the NCC boss assured of the Commission’s disposition to sharing information with NOTAP on the development agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) particularly those that touch on some transfer of technology issues that would benefit Nigeria.
According to him, areas of such collaboration with national and international development partners include capacity building, innovation promotion, awareness creation on copyright and industrial property rights issues. Other areas in consideration are introduction of IP programmes into school curricula, development of workable standards and guidelines for research and allied issues of common interest.
Ezekude remarked that inter-agency relations particularly between both agencies have the potential of impacting positively on government’s efforts at protecting and promoting the gains of IP in the country.
He noted that the Commission is the only IP agency in Nigeria with a training arm called the Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI) which is accredited by the Global Network for Intellectual Property Academies (GIPA). He indicated that the NCI is currently assisting most universities in developing IP curriculum while the Commission is prepared to share experiences with NOTAP to broaden the scope of its technology development centre initiative.
Earlier, the Director-General of NOTAP had congratulated Mr. Ezekude on his recent appointment as the new helmsman of the NCC and gave assurance on his readiness to support the Commission in the pursuit of its mandate.