Nigerian Copyright Commission to harness inmates’ skills in writing, musicals, visual art, others

“We’ll also promote reading by putting more books in the libraries of correctional centers." said Dr. Asein

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) would harness the skills of inmates in correctional facilities across the country in the areas of writing, musical, visual art and stage performances among others.

The Director General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, Dr. John O. Asein on Friday disclosed this when he visited the Controller-General of the Nigerian Correctional Services, Mr. Haliru Nababa in office at the NCS Headquarters, Abuja.

He said NCC would be partnering with the Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA), Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and other relevant Agencies and stakeholders to support and hone the skills of Inmates.

Dr. John O. Asein (1st-R) speaking while the representative of the CG, Deputy Controller General (DCG), Inmates Training and Productivity (ITP), Sylvester N. Nwakuche (1st L) ; some NCC Directors and NCoS Senior officers listen attentively, at the NCoS Headquarters, Abuja, 20th July 2023.

Dr. Asein noted that the purpose of the visit was to also explore various areas of potential partnerships aimed at enhancing the creative potentials of those behind bars, with a focus on facilitating reforms, rehabilitation, and future reintegration of inmates; training of NCoS personnel; and other areas of mutual interest.

“We’ll also promote reading by putting more books in the libraries of correctional centers. Working with ANA and NPA, we will flag off creative writing competitions with prizes and hopefully publish the best works from the competition” Dr. Asein, further assured.

DG-NCC, Dr John O. Asein (L) presenting a copy of the new Copyright Act 2022 to the DCG-ITP, NCoS, Sylvester N. Nwakuche

He stated that apart from strengthening creative writing and reading, the Commission will also help boost inmates’ creative skills in other copyright sectors like music, visual art and stage performances.

In his response, the Controller-General (CG), Nigerian Correctional Services (NCoS) appreciated the Nigerian Copyright Commission’s efforts at encouraging creativity, describing the Commission as an indispensable gem in the country’s economic growth.

The CG who was represented by the Deputy Controller General (DCG), Inmates Training and Productivity (ITP), Sylvester N. Nwakuche, expressed optimism that the partnership with the Commission will yield favorable results and further boost the NCoS redefined mandates of a holistic reform, rehabilitation and reintegration of Inmates.

DCG, Inmates Training and Productivity, Sylvester N. Nwakuche (L) presenting a commemorative plaque of Excellence to the DG-NCC, Dr. John O. Asein during the meeting.

He stated that there are countless creatives in the Correctional Facilities across the country that will benefit from the partnership, adding that the NCoS has already put in place a Technical Team for the implementation of the partnership.

The meeting was also attended by some Directors, Management and senior Officers of the NCC and NCoS.

The DCG-ITP, NCoS, Sylvester N. Nwakuche (R), receiving copies of NCC Enlightenment Publication “What is Copyright” from the DG NCC, Dr. John O. Asein, at the event.

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