The Nigerian Publishers Association (NPA) says it has donated books worth over N27 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for onward distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.
President of the Association, Gbadega Adedapo, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja while presenting three brand new Coaster Buses to Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to enhance education delivery in the country.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to crack down on pirates and vendors of pirated books being sold on the streets across the country.
Adedapo disclosed that the Association was already collaborating with several organisations including Nigerian Copyright Commission in ensuring books are bought from rightful owners.
While calling on government to strengthen copyright law in order to eradicate the menace of piracy in the country, Adedapo called on government to put in place functional book policy, noting that the issue of piracy was not something that could be taken with levity without strong legal backing.
According to the NPA boss, the donation to UBEC was a part of Association’s social responsibility with the hope that the buses would be useful and contributes to the commission’s increased productivity.
“We all know how important education is to a nation and this facilitated the need for us to support UBEC in its mandate since it’s in congruence with our goal too at NPA”, he said.
“We have donated books worth over Twenty Seven Million Naira (N27, 000,000) to UNICEF gor onward distribution at IDP camps and we won’t rest on our oars as we continue to support our society, ” he said.
In his response, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, thanked the members of the Association for their kind gesture, saying that buses would be used for coordination of basic education and staff welfare.
He expressed the commission’s readiness to collaborate with the association on book policy by engaging on the supply of quality and curriculum books for the promotion of education and literacy across the country.