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Abiru identifies national unity as solution to Nigeria’s woes, as he felicitates with Muslims at eid.

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Senator representing Lagos East at the national assembly, senator Tokunbo Abiru has identified national unity and cohesion as solutions to the many challenges facing the Nigerian nation.

The Senator made the assertion in his goodwill message to the Muslims celebrating the eid which marks the end of the 2021 Ramadan season.

“The unprecedented challenges facing our dear nation demand bipartisan and patriotic efforts at rescuing the country from the cliff.

“This is the time to come together in unity to forge a national cohesion, tolerance and peace.
 
“Like I said I referenced in my goodwill message at the commencement of the fasting that, ‘Our challenges, though daunting but not insurmountable’ if we collectively renew our commitment to nation building.

“I therefore implore us not to stop seeking God’s favour and guidance over the disturbing happenings in the country.” Abiru said.

The senator also felicitates with Muslim Ummah of the Lagos East Senatorial District on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr.
 
He said: “I enjoin all believers who obeyed Allah’s commandment to fast in the Holy month of Ramadan not to relent in demonstrating Godly virtues and eschew vices they avoided during the fasting  in obedience to divine command.  
 
“Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and may the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation.” The senator concluded

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Here is the full list of PDP chairmanship candidates for Lagos LG poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has unveiled its flag-bearers for the July 24 local council elections in the state by Electoral Commission (LASIEC)

The PDP’s list of chairmanship and vice-chairmanship candidates released on Tuesday night was signed by the party’s Chairman, Adedeji Doherty, and the Secretary, Muiz Dosunmu.

See the list below (chairmanship/vice-chairmanship candidates):

  1. Agbado-Okeodo: Richard Osagie/Jimoh Ibrahim
  2. Agboyi Ketu: Oluwole Dahunsi/Joy Ashinze
  3. Agege: Azeez Adebiyi/Yusuf Adamu
  4. Ajeromi: Tajudeen Balogun/Azuonye Nkepadobi
  5. Alimosho: Aduragbemi Oyebade/Olusola Joseph 6. Amuwo-Odofin: Adedayo Adesoye/Fortune Chijioke
  6. Apapa: Deley Bandaki/Samuel Emmanuel
  7. Apapa-Iganmu: Albert Olorunwa/Moses Aderoju
  8. Ayobo-Ipaja: Ben Arulogun/Talabi Olasunbo
  9. Badagry Central: Honfonvu Denagan/Folashade Kuti-Balogun
  10. Badagry West: Abraham Kolawole/Bolaji Awesu
  11. Bariga: Ibrahim Tijani/David Aina
  12. Coker-Aguda: Akeem Animashaun/Modupe Adeyemi
  13. Egbe-Idimu: Muyiwa Bajulaye/Olorunfunmi Sulaimon
  14. Ejigbo: Rasheed Otegbola/Grace Solomon
  15. Epe: Sidikat Nekuleyi/Abiodun Lawal
  16. Eredo: Stephen Okoya/Anike Adesina
  17. Eti-Osa: Lasisi Jinadu/ThankGod/Bardagha
  18. Eti-Osa East: Bolaji Akinpelu/Suwebat Sholarin
  19. Iba Kolawole Ageyin/Bello Muhammed
  20. Ibeju Lekki: Olumide Komolafe/Ismail Lazees
  21. Ifako-Ijaiye: Kolawole Uyi/Oladele Oyekanmi
  22. Ifelodun: Omogbolahan Ijaola/Ikechukwu Edna
  23. Igando-Ikotun: Olatunde Olatokun/Pius Omoorantan
  24. Igbogbo Baiyeku: Oyesanya Adeboye/Ibrahim Afinju
  25. Ijede: Lookman Apina/Gideon Ogini
  26. Ikeja: Femi Folorunsho/John Nwabueze
  27. Ikorodu Central: Hassan Babatunde/Abolore Oyesanya
  28. Ikorodu North: Raji Omotayo/MondayEgheleme
  29. Ikorodu West: Olumide Lawal/Hammed Alabi
  30. Ikosi Ejinrin: Rasheed Raji/Matthew Ajayi
  31. Ikosi/Isheri: Nurudeen Orosiji/Titilayo Adetayo
  32. Ikoyi/Obalende: Anthony Bourdillon/Ahmad Mohammed
  33. Imota: Fatai Ogunfolabi/William Ikpedu
  34. Iru, Victoria Island: Olumide Thompson/Oluwatosin Adeniyi
  35. Isolo: Tajudeen Bamgboye/Goodman Ahivekwe
  36. Itire-Ikate: Oyewola Bakare/Odegua Osagie
  37. Kosofe: Adelekan Abdulrauf/Rebecca Akindolie
  38. Lagos Island: Olusegun Ajibade/ Lateef Adele
  39. Lagos Island East: Agboola Odunfa/Bright Gbolahan
  40. Lagos Mainland: Abiodun Fakoya/Njoku Cosmos
  41. Lekki: Ismail Shugu/Mustau Ipaye
  42. Mosan Okunola: O. Oduwole/Omotola Ojo
  43. Mushin: Saheed Elegbede/Chiamaka Peter
  44. Odi-Olowo: Olakunle Solaja/Bolatito Oshifala
  45. Ojo: Olajide Oniyide/Patience Borisade
  46. Ojodu: Sunday Shodolamu/Modupe Ajayi
  47. Ojokoro: Stephen Akerele/ Tawakalitu Ajao
  48. Olorunda: Qudus Olagoro/Akonasu Gbedozin
  49. Onigbongbo: Ayodeji Omotosho/Evelyn Salami
  50. Oriade: Olajide Kujenyo/Sylvester Onwurah
  51. Orile Agege: Wasiu Akintoye/Rasheedat Bello
  52. Oshodi: Rilwan Akinbiyi/AdepojuTiamiyu
  53. Oto Awori: Wasiu Olayiwola/Michael Abel
  54. Somolu: Fatai Ghazal/ Olawale Akanni
  55. Surulere: Tokunbo Ogunade/Augusta Ogar
  56. Yaba: Solomon Hungbeji/Maria Aladetan.

(NAN)

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Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill Passes Second Reading

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A bill sponsored by the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA seeking to provide stronger protection for the intellectual works of content creators and other intellectual property owners passed second reading on the floor of the Senate today.

The bill titled, ‘The Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill, 2021’ will replace the extant Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004 when finally passed into law. 

The bill widens protection to include digital contents among others which were not covered in the existing law.

While leading debate on the bill at the plenary on Tuesday, Senator Abiru argued there was a need to enact a stronger law that will protect investments of copyright owners stressing that Copyright Act, 1988 (as amended) has become obsolete in addressing emerging contemporary issues in the Nigeria’s copyright industries.

The Nigerian copyright industries, comprising of the creative industries such as Nollywood and broadcasting industry, the music industry, the fashion industry, the book publishing industry, the art industry, and Nigeria’s emerging software and Apps industry among others.
 
The Senator who cited Section 16(1)(a) and Section 16 (1) (d)  of the 1999 Constitution as amended that enjoins government to promote national prosperity and provide atmosphere for self-reliant economy and protection of citizens to engage in lawful economic activities, decried the plight of intellectual content producers under the weakened legislation.
 
He said, “Many Nigerian businesses have disappeared and many Nigerian creators have died because of the harm occasioned by piracy and the weak mechanisms offered by the existing legal framework and successive government’s inability to sufficiently fund the Nigerian Copyright Commission.
 
“Time and again, stakeholders in the Nigerian copyright community have called for the amendment of the copyright law in line with new technologies and stipulate deterrent penalties but there has been no follow up action in terms of amendments to the Copyright Act 1988 which was promulgated in 1999, under the military regime and more than Twenty-Two (22) years ago.
 
‘’More significantly, the emergence of digital technologies revolutionized the creative economy as production and dissemination of creative works became more accessible and lent themselves to global exploitation beyond national boundaries.
 
The Deputy Chip Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi (Niger North) backed the bill. He argued that the contact of the new bill of Copyright ‘’ rightly captured what is obtainable in our global knowledge-based economy’’ adding that the facts on the ground should necessitate passage of the bill.

He said Twenty years ago, top global companies were the oil companies and the rest but today tech companies have overtaken them. He stressed that the bill if passed into law will guarantee reward for hundreds of talented young Nigerians who are breaking frontiers in the tech space and music industry.

The Senate passed the bill and mandated its joint committee on Trade and Investments and Judiciary and human Rights  to work on the bill and report back within four weeks.
 
The bill seeks to Strengthen the copyright regime in Nigeria to enhance the competitiveness of its creative industries in a digital and knowledge-based global economy.

And also to effectively protect the rights of authors to ensure just rewards and recognition for their intellectual efforts while also providing appropriate limitations and exceptions to guarantee access to creative works, encourage cultural interchange and advance public welfare among other benefits.
 
 
Enitan Olukotun
Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru
(Media and Publicity)
Tuesday 8th June, 2021

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Senator Tokunbo Abiru’s Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill Passes Second Reading

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A bill sponsored by the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA seeking to provide stronger protection for the intellectual works of content creators and other intellectual property owners passed second reading on the floor of the Senate today.

The bill titled, ‘The Copyright Act Repeal And Re-enactment Bill, 2021’ will replace the extant Copyright Act Cap C28 LFN 2004 when finally passed into law. 

The bill widens protection to include digital contents among others which were not covered in the existing law.

While leading debate on the bill at the plenary on Tuesday, Senator Abiru argued there was a need to enact a stronger law that will protect investments of copyright owners stressing that Copyright Act, 1988 (as amended) has become obsolete in addressing emerging contemporary issues in the Nigeria’s copyright industries.

The Nigerian copyright industries, comprising of the creative industries such as Nollywood and broadcasting industry, the music industry, the fashion industry, the book publishing industry, the art industry, and Nigeria’s emerging software and Apps industry among others.
 
The Senator who cited Section 16(1)(a) and Section 16 (1) (d)  of the 1999 Constitution as amended that enjoins government to promote national prosperity and provide atmosphere for self-reliant economy and protection of citizens to engage in lawful economic activities, decried the plight of intellectual content producers under the weakened legislation.
 
He said, “Many Nigerian businesses have disappeared and many Nigerian creators have died because of the harm occasioned by piracy and the weak mechanisms offered by the existing legal framework and successive government’s inability to sufficiently fund the Nigerian Copyright Commission.
 
“Time and again, stakeholders in the Nigerian copyright community have called for the amendment of the copyright law in line with new technologies and stipulate deterrent penalties but there has been no follow up action in terms of amendments to the Copyright Act 1988 which was promulgated in 1999, under the military regime and more than Twenty-Two (22) years ago.
 
‘’More significantly, the emergence of digital technologies revolutionized the creative economy as production and dissemination of creative works became more accessible and lent themselves to global exploitation beyond national boundaries.
 
The Deputy Chip Whip of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi (Niger North) backed the bill. He argued that the contact of the new bill of Copyright ‘’ rightly captured what is obtainable in our global knowledge-based economy’’ adding that the facts on the ground should necessitate passage of the bill.

He said Twenty years ago, top global companies were the oil companies and the rest but today tech companies have overtaken them. He stressed that the bill if passed into law will guarantee reward for hundreds of talented young Nigerians who are breaking frontiers in the tech space and music industry.

The Senate passed the bill and mandated its joint committee on Trade and Investments and Judiciary and human Rights  to work on the bill and report back within four weeks.
 
The bill seeks to Strengthen the copyright regime in Nigeria to enhance the competitiveness of its creative industries in a digital and knowledge-based global economy.

And also to effectively protect the rights of authors to ensure just rewards and recognition for their intellectual efforts while also providing appropriate limitations and exceptions to guarantee access to creative works, encourage cultural interchange and advance public welfare among other benefits.
 
 
Enitan Olukotun
Special Adviser to Senator Tokunbo Abiru
(Media and Publicity)
Tuesday 8th June, 2021

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