The last has not been heard about the crisis currently rocking the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) as the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) has taken a stand against the embattled chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji.
Okoroji (who has been chairman of the body since inception and has been involved in a struggle for leadership with Now Muzik CEO Efe Omorogbe) was accused of trying to a ‘Robert Mugabe’ in a recent statement. The statement signed by Pretty Okafor, Sunny Neji, Zaaki Azzay, Ruggedman, Felix Duke, Asha Gangali who are all officers of PMAN accused Okoroji of sabotaging COSON as he did when he was Chairman of PMAN.
Read the full statement below.
The Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN ) has 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 has continued to treat with contempt the Pronouncements and directives of NIGERIAN COPYRIGHT COMMISSION (NCC) the Agency that regulates and License CMOs in Nigeria . It has become evident that Chief Okoroji has become a law unto himself, and COSON cannot be regulated under his leadership.
PMAN hereby sternly warns Chief Okoroji to desist from this recurring act of impunity that threw PMAN into crisis years back when he Tony Okoroji was then PMAN President, the Union is yet to recover fully from the crises Okoroji created decades ago at PMAN, and history will not judge him favourably for the intense damage done to PMAN’ s image
PMAN is currently consulting with Entertainment industry stakeholders to decide on line of actions to be taken in this matter, stakeholders are particularly concerned about the collateral damage this crisis will inflict on the collective management system in particular and creative enterprise in general.
PMAN reiterates that 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.
PMAN calls on the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to perform its statutory duty as the Regulator of COSON, and compel Okoroji and his cronies 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.
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