Acting Director General of Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Mallam Musa Mayaki has vowed that the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) under his leadership will pay royalty on use of music in the exact amount it owes the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON.
The Director General made the remarks during a meeting with the management of COSON. “We are prepared to work with you and to pay you exactly what we owe you. This is a new regime; we will support you in this (COSON Week) event. There is no reason why we shouldn’t support you”, he said adding that he will collaborate with COSON to move the Nigerian music forward.
He said that the two organisations need to converge for the betterment of the Nigerian society. COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji thanked the acting DG and his management for taking the initiative to resolve the lingering issue of non-payment of copyright royalties in Nigeria.
“There are so many ways in which we share the same ideals. We see NTA primarily as a producer of content and in broadcasting, content is key; producer of content also need to protect content. Sometimes you spend so much money creating and acquiring content” he said.
Okoroji who described the occasion as a goodwill visit explained that despite lingering issues, the payment of royalties to Nigerian musicians is important if the industry is to survive, adding that a worker deserves his wage. “We want to work with NTA as much as possible to create better content, better television satisfaction, education and information for our great country…What we are simply saying is that a worker is entitled to his wages,” he said.