Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has presented a copyright certificate to a 90-year-old intellectual, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, in Adamawa for a film documentary right protection.
It reports that the film documentary was on Animal Husbandry , produced and directed by Benue Valley Farm, of which Joda is the Chairman and owner.
The Director General of the Commission, Mr John Asein , presented the certificate to Joda on Saturday in Yola.
Asein described the feat as a renewal of hope for the commission if someone like Joda could take the pain of his age to register his work.
He said that Joda’s registration of his work and the presentation of the copyright certificate for his work was a great and significant development in the history of the Commission.
“Today, I feel excited, fulfilled and encouraged and have a renewal of hope in the system if someone like Alhaji Ahmed Joda can take the pain of his over 90 years to register his work.
“It means that he understands what it is and sees the value in a repose copyright system.
“The intellectual work registration by the 90-year-old Nigerian has given us a challenge to do more work in the area of e- registration to let people know the value of their creative works and availability of our services to them,” Asein said.
The director general noted that it was a great opportunity for him to present the certificate to a very honoured citizen who served the country throughout his life.
He explained that the commission would do more to encourage more Nigerians to track, conserve and register their creative and intellectual works.
He called on the relevant stakeholders to join hands with the commission in protecting Nigerian creative works anywhere in the world.
Responding, Joda, said that the best thing a nation could do for its people is to protect their intellectual works and property for dignity and sustainable development.
“I was part of the process that created the Copyright Commission then when I was the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information.
“I don’t think anyone can object to the right to protect people who invented things, because it is the best thing for all kinds of businesses.
“Imaging, if someone spent 10 years of his life and invent something and most of these people can hardly afford to finance their research activities.
“Such persons must have endured a lot of hardships and at the end of it; they do not have anything to show for it. So, these persons and their inventions are entitled to be protected.
“Because the protection of intellectual rights will encourage authors and creativities as well as boost individual and national economy,” Joda said.
He emphasised the need to support the value of copyright and to reward anyone that invented a meaningful thing that would move the country forward.