As part of its plans to rehabilitate communities destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgency, the federal government will build about 10,000 houses for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Adamawa State.

The vice chairman of the committee constituted by the federal government to superintend the reconstruction of the region, North East Housing Reconstruction Initiative, Hajiya Hadiza Muhammed, disclosed this yesterday.

He said the committee had already visited all the local governments affected by the insurgency in the state and had documented the houses destroyed by the insurgents, noting that the committee would soon make their presentations to the president for his approval and commencement of the project.

“We are going to build no fewer than 10, 000 houses in Adamawa.

“With the work given to me to go round all the local governments to do documentaries of houses destroyed; that one has been done and we will make presentations to the president and, very soon, we will start reconstructing the region,” she said.

According to her, the decision to build 300 housing estates in Adamawa, tagged Bindow Housing Estate, is part of her contributions to the development of the state and for all her successes in the property development sector, even as she called on wealthy natives of the state to cultivate the habit of investing at home.

Muhammad explained that 1.7 million people in the state would benefit from the project in terms of employment and youth empowerment while 300 families will also benefit as owners of the estates when completed.


Osinbajo pledges FG’s support to fight against piracy in entertainment industry

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has pledged the support of the government to the fight against piracy in the entertainment industry.

Osinbajo, represented by Mr Afam Ezekude, director-general, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), said this at the 2O15 COSON lecture with the theme, ‘Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Economy’ in Lagos.

He said that a law would be enacted to provide a comprehensive protection of rights as well as stringent penalties for violations.

“The law will provide sanctions that are directly proportional to the unlawful profit made by those that infringe on the intellectual property of others.

“The law will also create a seamless transition from analogue to digital modes of exploitation,’’ Osinbajo said.

He stressed the need for a review of copyright laws, noting that such was critical to the survival of the copyright system in Nigeria and, especially, given the need for the nation to diversify its economy.

“The potential of the creative industry as economic drivers cannot be overemphasized. Their wealth creation and employment generation prospects are very significant,’’ he said.

Osinbajo urged Nigerians to respect the rights of creators and shun acts of criminality with respect to creative works.

Meanwhile, Prof. Bankole Sodipo, the guest lecturer, said the entertainment industry will improve significantly if the requisite facilities are put in place.

Sodipo, in his lecture, urged the Federal Government to improve infrastructure, encourage local hardware production and also to promote digital literacy.

He commended the efforts of the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) in its fight against the pirating of intellectual property in the industry.

He, however, called on Nigerians and relevant stakeholders to support the implementation of the copyright bill that was recently sent to the National Assembly.

Sodipo added that the bill on the review of copyright laws must be approved and signed into law to protect intellectual property right of owners.

Earlier, the chairman, Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Mr Tony Okoroji, said that his organisation would continue to encourage creativity in the entertainment industry.

Okoroji said that COSON would also continue to create good atmosphere for creative works to thrive in the industry.



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