By Tony Udemba
Hon. Emeka Mozoba, president, Fancy and Furniture Dealers Association (FFDA), Alaba International Market, Lagos, has vowed to reposition the market and bring to an end the scourge of piracy, which has for many years impacted negatively on the image of the market.
According to him, since he came into office, the association has made concerted efforts to improve on security as well as put an end to the activities of pirates in the market.
Speaking to TS Weekend recently during the celebration of this year’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Day, an event jointly organised by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Audio Visual Rights Society (AVRS), in collaboration with Fancy and Furniture Dealers Association (FFDA), Mozoba stated that the choice of Alaba Market for the celebration would no doubt motivate its leadership to keep up the fight until piracy is “finally and completely eradicated in the market”.
He explained that the day, which was set aside by WIPO for the celebration of intellectual property all over the world, would create more awareness on the need to protect intellectual property and further boost the fight against piracy in the country.
“The leadership of the association certainly has a zero tolerance policy to all acts of piracy and theft of audiovisual materials, as well as hooliganism and insecurity in the market. Since we came into office, the special task force which was set up by the association has continued to give a good account of itself in the fight to end the scourge of piracy in the market,” he stressed.
Mozoba further stated that his administration has carried out a number of arrests of suspected pirates, which were handed over to the law enforcement agencies. “We are highly elated that the activities of piracy and theft of audiovisual intellectual property which was so common in the past has been significantly reduced by our special taskforce, thereby showcasing to everyone how committed we are in the fight against piracy.”
He described piracy as an evil act that denies the copyright owner of his or her legitimate financial entitlements and reduces the quality and standard of the audiovisual products.
The ebullient and hardworking FFDA leader solicited for more collaboration between the regulatory agencies and market associations to achieve desired success in the fight against piracy.