Okoroji foresees bumper 2019 for COSON members

[FILES] Chairman of COSON Chief Tony Okoroji

As business activities open this year at the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), chairman of the society, Chief Tony Okoroji, has asked members across the country to see 2019 as a year of tremendous growth.

According to Okoroji, as the creative industry enters a new year with fresh leadership at the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), “the destabilisation, meddling and unending interference in the internal affairs of COSON, a 100 per cent private sector organisation set up without public money, should cease. “

The former President of PMAN said that instead of the continuation of the adversarial relationship that has not produced any good for anyone in the copyright system, the leadership of COSON looks forward to a more co-operative relationship with NCC so that the tremendous local and international goodwill and expertise available to the society can be deployed not just for the good of members, but for the progress of the creative community and the Nigerian nation.

In his New Year message to the creative community, Okoroji said that he is aware that many friends of the organisation were deeply concerned about the battle for the soul of COSON, which started in 2017 through to 2018.

According to him, “some of our friends were scared that in 2018, COSON will scatter or die like many creative industry organisations before it.”

In the words of Okoroji, “rather than die, COSON has become stronger. We wish to assure our friends that COSON has become a better organization as a result of the challenges and that our membership has continued to grow, the relationship between the board, management, consultants and affiliates has become even more solid and that we see 2019 as a year of tremendous growth for copyright management in Nigeria.”

The COSON chairman explained that that the challenges of recent months have created opportunity for laws dealing with collective management of copyright in Nigeria to be vigorously queried and the internal rules of COSON to be properly examined.

In conclusion, Okoroji thanked the members, board and management of COSON for their unflinching trust and confidence in him and assured them of his commitment to a COSON that remains a model organisation, 100 per cent dedicated to defending the interest of its members and steadfast on transparency, accountability and good governance.

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