As part of new initiatives to create current data and check piracy, the Nigeria Publishers Association (NPA) is planning registration and accreditation of all publishers in the country. The NPA President, Mr. Gbenga Adedapo, while speaking on the 16th Nigeria International Book Fair taking place at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the University of Lagos from May 8 – 13, explained that the fight against piracy will be easier if the association has a register of accredited publishers just as it will be easier to respond to request by external organisations that need data about the Nigerian publishing industry. He disclosed that the NPA now has better on – line presence through its website which will also invigorate the fight against the iniquitouspiracy.
His words, “We have many new plans to improve the book chain, one of which the idea of registration and accreditation of publishers readily comes to mind”.
It is also important for us to be able to respond quickly to any request by the International Publishers Association (IPA) anytime they ask for current data about the Nigerian publishing industry”.
The Chairman of Nigeria Book Fair Trust, organisers of the fair, Alhaji Rilwanu Abdulsalami, also at the occasion, disclosed that numerous benefits await participants at this year’s edition of the Nigeria International Book Fair. These include the fact that participants at this year’s edition of the book fair will watch various drama presentations free of charges. There will also be free internet facilities. Participants will also have access to eminent literary personalities like notable authors and top government officials that have been invited to grace the occasion. Participants will also get reasonable discount on books bought at the fair.