Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has pledged full support for the activities of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the nation’s wave making copyright collective management organization for musical works and sound recordings. The governor has called on all persons and organizations which deploy music in their businesses in Imo State to ensure that they respect the law and obtain appropriate copyright licenses from COSON.
Governor Okorocha was speaking at Government House Owerri on Monday, February 15, when he met with the leadership of COSON led by the Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji.
According to Governor Okorocha, “Music has left America and London and is back to Nigeria now. So, this is our finest moment to make use of this special product. Probably, oil is giving way to allow the musical talent to come up. So the drop in oil price is increase in the price of music and I will like us to celebrate it. So we are proud of you. We are very very proud of you and I am not mincing words, we are proud of you”.
Governor Okorocha underlined the support of his state by pledging that the Imo State government will immediately provide land for COSON to build a befitting headquarters in the state because according to him, Imo state has everything necessary for the success of the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Said Governor Okorocha, “Somehow, as small as the state might be in terms of size, this seems to me to be the pivot of which many activities in Nigeria will rotate. Imo has provided everything for this nation. Many of you may not know that the gas we talk about; the source of power is in Imo state and we are number one in gas in the whole of Africa. We have over 2.8 cubic trillion of gas deposit. The one next to us is Bayelsa. But Bayelsa is riverine. So if Nigeria could come here to set up a power station, we can power the whole of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Speaking earlier, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, commended Governor Okorocha for the rapid developments in Owerri, the state capital which are turning the city into a very attractive city; a town which he said could have been described as a glorified village not too long ago. According to Okoroji, Owerri has more first class hotel rooms per square kilometer than any other Nigerian city and it has become necessary that the state works closely with the entertainment industry to ensure that these hotel rooms are constantly filled with sustained tourism so as to provide good jobs and respectable income to the people of the state.
The governor pledged close co-operation with COSON on the organization of important entertainment events in Imo State and gave strong indications that Imo State Government is ready to provide quality facilities and support to host the next COSON Week in 2017.
The meeting with Governor Okorocha was prelude to the big COSON Stakeholders’ Forum in Owerri for copyright owners in the South-East and South-South states of Nigeria.
On the COSON delegation to Governor Okorocha were top COSON members like Rub-a-Dub master, Ras Kimono; renowned Highlife crooners, Bright Chimezie and Ugo Stevenson; Queen of Love, Azeezat Allen; Fuji maestro, Aljhaji Sikiru Agboola; Celebrated musicologist, Hon John Ewelukwa Udegbunam; Chairman Music Label Owners Association of Nigeria (MULOAN), Mr. Joel Ajayi and COSON General Manager, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji