Mr Rockson Igelige, Lawyer to Mr Elias Ozikpu, the writer of ‘Heroes of the Night’ has called for the arrest of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd.
He said that the call for the arrest was sequel to the refusal of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd. to honour invitation by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) on alleged copyright infringement
Igelige, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja that such arrest would serve as deterrent to other violators of copyrights in the country.
He said that the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) had rejected the representative of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd. over invitation on alleged copyright infringement of a dramatic literary work, ‘Heroes of the Night’.
Igelege said that the petition before NCC was based on criminal infringement for which the directors that represented the publisher could not make statements in a representative capacity.
He said that the Managing Directors of Melrose and Macmillan were billed to appear at the NCC headquarters on July 29, but refrained from doing so and only sent representatives.
According to him, the NCC has now written a second invitation letter to the directors with the determination to issue a warrant for their arrest in the event that they fail to honour the second invitation.
The NCC is of the view that the petition before was based on criminal infringement for which the directors cannot make statements in a representative capacity.
The legal practitioner said that the author, Ozikpu was also pursuing the infringement on his work ‘Heroes of the Night’ in a civil action filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.
He said that Ozikpu was asking the court to award N400 million as general damages and N800 million as aggravated and punitive damages for the unlawful infringement on his copyright.
According to him, this is contained in an amended statement of claim filed and served on all three parties.
He stressed that the author was also asking the court to grant an order of perpetual injunction restraining Melrose, Macmillan and UBEC.
Others include their agents, privies, successors-in-title or assigns from further selling, distributing or offering for a fee his dramatic work: ‘Heroes of the Night’.
Igelege said that the NCC was considering issuing a warrant for the arrest of Managing Directors of Macmillan and Melrose Publishers Ltd.
“Melrose Books and Publishing Ltd. had since 2012 partnered with Macmillan and UBEC to publish and distribute his client’s work to schools nationwide without the prior knowledge and authorisation of his client.”
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Lagos to transform judiciary infrastructure
The Lagos State Government on Saturday promised to transform the infrastructure of the judiciary sector of the state.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, made the promise during an inspection of Lagos High Court, Ikeja and Lagos High Court, Igbosere.
Sanwo-Olu said that the state government was committed to reforming the judicial sector and would change the face of court rooms across the state.
He said that adjudication would no longer take place in an unconducive environment.
The governor said that there would be total transformation of court rooms, buildings and other facilities for speedy dispensation of justice.
He said that the judicial officials, such as judges, lawyers and other workers in the court should operate in an ambiance environment for smooth justice delivery.
Sanwo-Olu said that his administration would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State, adding that the judiciary arm would not be left out.
He said the Lagos State Government would set up a joint committee between the judiciary and executive to work toward putting in place a rebranded and renewed physical infrastructure in the judiciary in the week, month and years ahead.
”The whole objective of the exercise (inspection to the courts) is for all us to continue our collaboration between executive and judiciary, understanding fully-well that we are all set up to serve our citizens.
”And the only way we can serve is to ensure that all of us have the right ambience and have the right environment for that service to continue to happen.
”Lagos State judiciary is prized as the foremost judiciary service in the country, not only with the number of judges that we have but the number of caliber of our judges.
”Beyond that, is also to look at both the physical infrastructure and welfare of our judges,” the governor said.
He said that as the infrastructure reformation begin, there would be a bit of displacement and inconveniences.
Sanwo-Olu pleaded with plaintiffs and complainants that come around the court premises, to understand and bear with the inconveniences of scaling up the physical infrastructure of the courts.
”The press should help push out the communication effectively so that the public will know that it is for a better service.
“At the end of the day, the people who come to use our court rooms must also have a feel of the new and refreshing atmosphere.
”We will also be seeing a rebranded, renewed physical infrastructure in the judiciary in the week, month and years ahead,” he said.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; the Secretary to the Government of Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Jaji; and the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, among others.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Polaris Bank appoints Segun Opeke as Executive Director
The Board of Directors of Polaris Bank Ltd and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria has appointed Mr Segun Opeke as an Executive Director.
The bank’s Company Secretary, Mr Babatunde Osibodu, announced the appointment in a statement in Lagos.
Osibodu said the development was coming on the heels of the recent appointment of, Mr Innocent Ike, as the Acting Managing Director of the Bank.
He said that Opeke, until the appointment, was the Directorate Head, Lagos Business.
“Opeke has over 25 years of hands-on work experience acquired from leading Nigerian commercial banks with over 15 of these years in Senior and Executive Management roles.
“The Lagos Directorate under his leadership recorded outstanding growth and contributed significantly to the turnaround of the bank, evidenced by its impressive financial performance recorded in the 2019 financial year.
“By this appointment, he is expected to strengthen the bank’s leadership aspirations in the banking industry leveraging his wealth of experience and contributing greatly to its ongoing corporate transformation programme,” he said.
Osibodu said Opeke had occupied strategic roles in various institutions including FSB International Bank, Prudent Bank and Chartered Bank where he started his banking career.
“Following the emergence of Skye Bank in 2006, Segun worked as the Bank’s Treasurer and Regional Director for Victoria Island and Ikoyi.
“He was also the Group Head for Corporate Banking, Aviation and Maritime Group at various times.
“As a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee, he has remained a strong asset for the institution making insightful contributions and bringing real value on board,” Osibodu added.
He said that Opeke’s appointment as Executive Director, Lagos Business, would further strengthen the management and board in actualising the bank’s leadership aspirations.
“Opeke holds a BSc. (Banking and Finance) and an MBA from the University of Lagos.
“He is an alumnus of the Columbia Business School, New York.
“He has attended several professional, management and leadership programmes in world-class institutions including INSEAD and Euromoney, London.
“Opeke is credited with making immense contributions in change management, corporate finance/restructuring and digital transformation.
“Polaris Bank is a future-determining bank committed to delivering industry-defining products, and services, across all sectors of the Nigerian economy,” Osibodu added.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle
LASG seeks quality healthcare service for increased patients’ patronage
The Lagos State Health Service Commission on Saturday charged healthcare providers to uplift medical practices for increased patients’ patronage across all public health facilities in the state.
Dr Benjamin Eniayewun, Permanent Secretary of the Commission, gave this charge as he led a nine-man delegate on assessment tour of public health facilities in line the Hospitals’ Transformation Support Initiative.
Eniayewun said the initiative was proffered by health providers as an aid to qualitative delivery that was measurable with international best medical practices.
“The healthcare business is growing exponentially in a more competitive sphere.
“With the advent of the Lagos State Health Scheme and decline in out-of-pockets payments, it has become more necessary to strategically manage stakeholders’ needs being highlighted by various hospitals towards qualitative development.
“These highlighted developmental plans are identified by the various hospitals under a targeted time span with a view for optimal patients’ satisfaction,” he said.
He said that under Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu ‘s THEMES Agenda, the Commission had identified various yardsticks for excellent health service at all windows of public health using the Transformation Support Initiative.
THEMES is the acronym for the six strategic development agenda of Gov. Sanwo-Olu namely: Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology.
Eniayewun admonished the medical directors of the state health facilities on astute entrepreneurial skills at ensuring service driven improvement and Internal Generated Revenue of value on added services being rendered to patients.
The permanent secretary said:” There should be a paradigm shift on maximising potentials that are sometimes hyped by the terrain which your hospital is being situated.
“Being a chief executive officer requires foresight and innovation for qualitative service delivery with a view for patients’ satisfaction using the available infrastructure, which basically induces future patronage or not.
“Invariably, it implies you need to add value for services rendered to patients to make them want to patronise your facility as the best choice they are making, certainly, not because they do not have a choice.
“This will indicate impactful delivery, if well adopted,” the permanent secretary said.
At the Ifako-Ijaye General Hospital, he applauded the initiative adopted for patients ‘ privacy at the Physiotherapy Department, while enjoining the management to improve the aesthetic view of the hospital.
Also, Eniayewun commended the obvious medical improvement for qualitative standard exhibited at the Lagos State Accident and Emergency Centre, Ojota, towards optimal patients satisfaction.
The nine-man delegation included: Dr Olumuyiwa Otepola, a former Medical Director of Ketu-Ejirin Hospital; Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr Kajopelaiye Olarenwaju; Director, Nursing Services, Mrs Laide Animashaun; and Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Segun Onakoya.
Other delegates are: Deputy Director, Medical Services, Dr Shola Pitan; Head, Public Affairs Unit, Mrs Abimbola Salehu – Badejo; Mr Emiabata Lawal of the Finance and Accounts Directorate; and Mr Sadiq Ismaila of the Human Resources Directorate.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Wale Ojetimi
NPA expects 13 ships with petroleum products, others at Lagos port
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says it is expecting 13 ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods from Sept. 19 to Sept. 30.
The NPA made this known in its publication, `Shipping Position’, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday.
According to it, the ships are expected to arrive at the Lagos Port Complex.
The publication said that the ships contained bulk sugar, bulk wheat, petrol, bulk gypsum, bulk salt, general cargo frozen fish and maize.
NPA reports that another set of 12 ships had arrived the ports, waiting to berth with bulk wheat, container, and general cargo.
Also, the organisation said that 19 other ships are at the ports discharging container, bulk wheat, petrol, frozen fish, gypsum, general cargo, butane gas, maize, bulk salt, raw sugar, base oil, and bulk clinker.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Donald Ugwu