Ilorin NBA, Aregbesola Give Economic Tips On Intellectual Property
The Nigeria Bar Association (Ilorin Branch) and the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has described intellectual property as a key to economic prosperity in Nigeria. The duo made this known at the Retreat of the Nigeria Bar Association (Ilorin branch) held at Royal Park Hotel, Iloko Osun state.
The event which conveyed delegates who are legal practitioners was designed to address the theme: Intellectual Property as a Panacea to Economic Development. Speaking at the retreat, the executive governor of the state of osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola appreciate what the NBA is doing on intellectual property law as it will create awareness on it and by seeking to protect it, innovators will be encouraged in their works since their endeavour will be rewarded in the end.
Aregbesola who called for improved concentration of intellectual development also stated how the concept can transform Nigeria’s economy. “Intellectual property relevance for us in Nigeria has been restricted mainly to books and music that have largely local relevance. It is regrettable that piracy has made intellectual endeavour in these areas even unprofitable and discouraging. This is why your retreat is important. Making the relevant laws effective and biding will encourage intellectual productivity.
“However, as a people, our concern should be more on getting a sizeable chunk of global intellectual output. The first step should be in the quality of education. This is why education and cultivating the intellect of our youth have been the pivot of our administration in the past four years.
“Secondly, we should close the gap between knowledge production and knowledge application. For most part, intellectual endeavour has been largely for promotion purposes and such output have been left gathering dust on university and research institute’s shelves. Thirdly, we should direct our intellectual efforts to solving societal problems. There are many areas where we are challenged as a people and where we need breakthrough” he added.
The chairman of Nigeria Bar Association (Ilorin Branch), Barr. Mobolaji Ojibara stressed the importance of legal education in ameliorating the status of intellectual property in Nigeria. “Legal education is key and the purpose of continuing legal education is to maintain or sharpen the skill of members of the bar and to ensure that lawyers, throughout their career, keep abreast with law and jurisprudence, maintain or continue to maintain the ethnics of the profession and enhance the standards of the practice of law at all times” he stated.
Also speaking at the event, the Senior Special Assistant on women affairs to the Kwara state governor, legal practitioner and Chairperson, 2015 NBA Ilorin Law Retreat Committee, Barr. Abiola Adimula also emphasized the cruciality of the opportunity provided by the retreat to help galvanize relevant knowledge and exposure in exploiting the enviable economic gains associated with intellectual property.
“This retreat is to expose our members to the importance of that area of practice and to gear them up into exploiting viable economic gains associated with it. Intellectual property as we know, is that which has to do with the mental asset of an individual- this is almost always about the ideas that flow from the creativity of an individual or his ingenuity. The works of an author, a poet, a musician, an artist, etc. are good example. Today, almost everybody lives online, either to read news, for social purpose or for research. To a great extent, the contents we read online day in, day out are the intellectual properties of other people. In the process these authors or innovators protecting their rights, certain statutory procedure has to be followed, issues usually arise, that requires the engagement of Legal Practitioners” she stated.