It seems there’s going to be several face-offs in the Nigerian music industry, following Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) chairman Tony Okoroji’s rant, slamming the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) for petitioning the Information and Culture minister, Lai Mohammed, who they accused of stealing their idea.
Reacting to this, Ruggedman who is a member of PMAN, tweeted;
‘Mr Tony Okoroji u are an elder in every ramification.Going on social media to rant on an issue u know nothing abt is not elder like’.
PMAN in a five –page petition written to the Minister, dated July 20, 2017, told the Minister to “desist forthwith from proceeding further the implementation of action plans or any item from the proposal pending when all issues arising from what it called manipulation of its original brainchild ideas and gross infringement on its intellectual property rights are resolved.
In the petition, the association said a delegation led by Pretty Okafor, its President made a presentation on August 5, 2016 to the Minister on how government will earn N10.3trillion revenue in the creative industry if the proposal is implemented to the letter. However, they were surprised when they received news of a creative industry roundtable press conference held on July 10 at Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja where the Minister declared that a two day conference for the creative industry will hold in Lagos on July 17 and 18 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.