LIKE a festering sore, the in-house crisis threatening to tear Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) to shreds widens with the latest involvement of the Performing Musicians Employers’ Association of Nigeria (PMAN), which said that it had been monitoring closely the shameful display of disregard for the rule of law “being perpetuated by former COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji who has refused to step aside as Chairman after being voted out by a valid Governing Board, and who has continued to treat with contempt the pronouncements and directives of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), the agency that regulates and license of CMOs in Nigeria .
“It has become evident that Chief Okoroji has become a law unto himself, and COSON cannot be regulated under his leadership, the statement issued in Lagos and signed by the following musicians, Pretty Okafor (President), Suny Neji (First Vice President) Zaaky Azzay (Second Vice President), Ruggedman (Chairman Media), Felix Duke (Chairman Projects) and Asha Gangali (Chairman, Events) said.
The Union in the statement also urged Okoroji not to repeat what led to the sorry state PMAN has found itself ever since he (Okoroji) left office as PMAN President.
PMAN also said “the only way to put a stop to this trend of mushroom monopoly In the entertainment industry is the establishment of an electronic monitoring and regulating mechanism that will ensure that each media item being exploited within the ecosystem goes through designated channel that ensures transparency. “
It also called the NCC to “perform its statutory duty as the regulator of COSON, and compel Okoroji and his supportes to comply with the rule of law and give way for the new Chairman of COSON, Efe Omorogbe, to take charge of the affairs of the organisation as required by law and in line with COSON’s MEMART.”