Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has pledged full support for the activities of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), the nation’s 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 this week, 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.