The Nigerian Publishers Association has called on the Federal Government to begin crackdown on pirates and vendors of pirated books being sold on the streets across the country.
Gbadega Adedapo, President of the Association, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja while presenting three brand new Coaster Buses to Universal Basic Education Commission(UBEC).
Adedapo said that Nigerian authors were worried that most books sold in the country were not from their owners.
He urged the government to strengthen Copyright law in order to eradicate the menace of piracy in the country.
He noted that the association was already collaborating with several organisations including Nigerian Copyright Commission to ensure books werere bought from rightful owners.
He added that there was need for the government to put in place functional book policy to address the issues of piracy
“We all know how important education is to a nation and this facilitated the need for us to support UBEC in its mandate since it’s in congruence with our goal too at NPA”, he said.
“We have donated books worth over Twenty Seven Million Naira (N27,000000) to UNICEF For onward distribution at IDP camps and we won’t rest on out oars as we continue to support our society”, he added.
Responding, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, thanked the members of the association for their kind gesture, saying that buses would be used for coordination of basic education and staff welfare.
Bobboyi expressed the commission’s readiness to collaborate with the association on book policy by engaging on the supply of quality and curriculum books for the promotion of education and literacy across the country.