Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Danger to pirates as Gov. Obiano inaugurates anti pirate committee

Some of the committe members

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
Following his resolve to ride the state off pirates, the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Tuesday, inaugurated a special anti-piracy and counterfeit task force charged with the responsibility of arresting and prosecuting offenders.
The committee whose members were drawn from various intellectual and entertainment industry as well as government agencies including: the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN); Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); National Agency for Food, Drug, Agency and Control (NAFDAC); Film, Video-Producers, Marketing Association of Nigeria and Consumer Protection Council has Comrade Frank Udeonu as its state chairman.
Governor while performing the swearing in ceremony at Awka, through his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Mobilisation, Hon. Tony-Uche Ezekwelu, tasked the committee to checkmate the activities of pirates in the state to bring it to a barest minimum.
The governor, who frowned at the increasing rate of piracy in the state, revealed that Anambra state is fast becoming the second in piracy activities after Lagos State, adding that the committee would work with the Nigerian Police, Directorate of State Security Service, Nigerian Prisons Service and National Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and other Para-military agencies.
“In terms of the activities of pirates, Nigeria rates 3rd in the world and Anambra State, outside Lagos, rates highest in the crime and that is why the state government decided to inaugurate this special committee to stem the tide of piracy in the state.
“Piracy, which is fast becoming a menace in Nigeria is the worst form of corruption. Imagine a situation where the original owners are left in perpetual poverty while the perpetuators smile to banks on daily basis, a situation that has made people stop writing and singing.  
“This government has zero tolerance for piracy and counterfeit and detests any form of crime; that is why our Governor, Chief Willie Obiano implored all forms of scientific strategy to nip crime and criminalities in the board, a trend that has made Anambra the safest state in Nigeria" Obiano emphasised.
Speaking on behalf of others, the newly sworn in state piracy control chairman, Comrade Frank Uduonu, assured that he will not disappoint the state in carrying out the onerous task of riding the state off pirates, and warned pirates in the state to relocate to other states or face the dare consequences as his team will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in such heinous act.
Contributing, the governor Performing Musician Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Mr. Ikem Mazeli described the move by the state government to fight the menace of intellectual theft, forgery, and piracy as laudable and capable of contributing to the wellbeing of her citizenry.
On his part, the chairman of Film, Video-Producers, Marketing Association of Nigeria, Mr. Igwemba Emeka, called on the people to support the committee to unmask those persons involved in mimicking the efforts of people, describing it as inhuman while the Zonal Coordinator, Consumer Protection Council, Mrs. Ngozika Obidike represented by Mr. Anthony Nwafor, assured that the council will collaborate with the task force towards fighting piracy in the state.



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