IN a bid to create a piracy free society in Anambra State, the Anti-Piracy Society of Nigeria (APSON), has joined force to fight against fake and counterfeiting products out of the market by all course.
This was made known in the just concluded four days stakeholders workshop held at Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation ( ANPC) Event Centre, Awka.
The workshop, which was tagged ‘Let’s Get it Right’ attracted about 500 persons from among the business class and entrepreneurs across the 21 local government area of Anambra State.
Speaking during the training, the Director-General of APSON, Frank Uduonu stressed the need for citizens to make the right choice on products in the market since the ugly situation was now seen as economic sabotage to originality.
Uduonu added that re-occurrence and wide spread of piracy has done more harm than good and had called for the sensitization to let people know the danger and need to join force in the fight.” That is why we want to make Nigerian society piracy free and the way to achieve it is by creating value orientation concerning consumers as to enable them be able to identify those fake, counterfeit and pirated ones in the market.
In his lecture tagged, ‘Investigative Journalism’, the Managing Director and CEO, Anambra Newspaper and Printing Corporation, Chuka Nnabuife, explained news as the unusual, unexpected stories that must be new, novel, relevant to the target audience and that is of interest to the public.
Sir Nnabuife pointed out the difference between ‘fact and truth’ in the profession, saying that ‘truth’ deals with one’s conviction while ‘fact’ is the authentic information about something.
Relating his topic to Anti-Piracy, he urged the participants to always pay attention to details and happenings around them as well being helpmates to the media.
Also in his lecture titled, Legal Aspect of Piracy’, the Superintendent of Police, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Innocent Obi, said that intellectual work are protected by copyright, stressing that to combat piracy, it must be through the law enforcement strategy thus civil court law, the regulatory body among others.
He charged consumers to constantly follow up any case tendered before the regulatory agency overseeing the products for adequate actions to be taken, urging them not to relent pushing on until something positive is achieved.
In his presentation, ‘Safeguarding Intellectual Property of the Nation, the Senior Regulatory Officer, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), Chuka Nwosu called to mind that” whatever one does is his or her intellectual property and when pirated, it becomes of no value which would lead to a serious problem”.
Nwosu listed some of the organization’s work such as fight against fake products, pirated and expired products in the market, noting that anybody found guilty would be dealt seriously with after intensive verification.
Also in his presentation,’ Let’s Get it Right’, a Senior Consultant on Stress Management, Innocent Uhachukwu, highlighted four steps to make it right as; need to hold oneself accountable, personal commitment which entails time, effort and resources.