NOT YET ‘Uhuru’ For COSON Members
Just when you think that the recent Federal High Court judgement in the case brought against Musical Society of Nigeria (MCSN) by its counterpart, Copyright Society Of Nigeria (COSON) has calmed some frayed nerves in the Nigerian copyright community as it concerns who is the real chairman of COSON between Mr. Efe Omorogbe and Chief Tony Okoroji, a statement personally signed by Omorogbe and issued in Lagos on Thursday March 1 2018, seeks to remind the public that the board of COSON is led by Omorogbe.
Titled “COSON STATE OF AFFAIRS,” the statement reads “Contrary to the sim-information being peddled in the media, particularly the social media, the true situation of affairs at COSON as of now, is that the COSON Management board consists of :
Mr Efe Omorogbe- Chairman
Mr Audu Maikori- Director
Mr Dare Fasasi- Director
Mrs Azeezat Allen – Director
Mr Ras kimono Onwubuya- Director
Chief Tony Okoroji- Director
Dr Adewale Ayuba- Director
Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Agboola- Director
Mr Joel Ajayi- Director
Mr Obi Asika- Director
Hon John Ewelukwa Udegbunam – Director.
the statement still went ahead to point out that “This is the position as clearly stated by the NIGERIAN COPYRIGHT COMMISSION (who are the government agency responsible for regulating the operations of Collective Management Organisations under the Copyright Act in Nigeria ), after their investigation into the change in the Chairmanship position of the society during the meeting of the directors on December 7, 2017; and the events at the society’s EGM on December 19, 2017.
“In the Commission’s letter dated February 19, 2018 it was clearly stated that :
” In view of some observed irregularities in the Extraordinary General Meeting of COSON held on December 19, 2017, Management of COSON is directed not to give effect to resolutions taken thereat, except the resolution on distribution of royalties to members”.
“There has been no superior pronouncement on the matter, either by the Minister responsible for supervising the Commission, nor from a court of proper jurisdiction.”
Meanwhile, we gathered that on its part, that MCSN held its board meeting last week to deliberate on how to execute, if possible, the judgement of the Federal High Court.