ANAMBRA PARTNERS NGO FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY, FAKE PRODUCTS
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By Paulinus Onah

Awka, Oct 12, 2017 -- The Ministry of Information and Communications Strategy will partner with a Non-Governmental Organization, the Anambra State Anti-Piracy and Fake Product Control to sensitise people on implications of indulging in illegal business.

The Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry, Mr Benjamin Umerah said this while hosting members of organisation, who paid him courtesy call at his office in Awka.

He advised them to articulate strategic frame-work to carry on the campaign effectively and efficiently, if they must sustain the tempo.

``Government will always support anything that will not go contrary to its policies and programmes,” Mr Umerah noted.

On request by the organisation to be domiciled in the ministry, the Perm-Sec explained that this could give them political coloration, which they did not deserve.

He pointed out that as an NGO, it was a private organisation and had nothing in common with government.

Earlier, the leader of the group, Mr Frank Uduonu explained to the Perm-sec and other management staff that they had come to seek for a working relationship, aimed at building synergy with the ministry to help to publicise and sensitise them on activities of the organisation through the media.

Mr Uduonu explained that the organisation was inaugurated on the Aug. 7, by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth Mobilisation to carry the campaign to all nooks and crannies of the state to reduce piracy and faking of products to the barest minimum.

He said that the creative industry, if well-harnessed would help to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

``Proper enlightenment and aggressive drive will help to regulate the menace.’’

The Perm-Sec was supported at the event by the Director, Information, Mrs Obiageliaku Umeadi, Ag. Director, Administration, Lady Anagor Patience and Ms Ebere Nwobi, Head of Planning Research and Statistics.

The Chairman of the organisation, Mr Uduonu, was accompanied by Mazi Martin Orah and Ositadinma Onyemaobi.