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  • Updated: March 23, 2023

Buhari Signs Copyright, Jos Medical School Bills Into Law

Buhari Signs Copyright, Jos Medical School Bills Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to two bills recently passed by the National Assembly.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Nasiru Ila, in a statement issued on Thursday titled ‘ Buhari Assents to Copyright Right, Federal College of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology Jos Bills.’

Ila said the bills were assented to by the President on March 17.

The “COPYRIGHT ACT 2022: This Act repeals the Copyright Act, Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and enact the Copyright Act, 2022, to provide for the regulation, protection and administration of copyright.

"The enactment of the new Copyright Act has again demonstrated the commitment of this administration to re-energising Nigeria’s creative economy and making it more globally competitive in the digital age."

“The principal objectives of the new law, as outlined in Section 1 are to: protect the rights of authors and ensure just rewards and recognition for their intellectual efforts; provide appropriate limitations and exceptions to guarantee access to creative works; facilitate Nigeria’s compliance with obligations arising from relevant international copyright treaties and conventions; and enhance the capacity of the Nigerian Copyright Commission for effective regulation, administration, and enforcement.”

According to the statement, the revised Copyright Act broadens the scope of author rights, increases penalties for illegal copyright violations, and effectively confronts the difficulties posed by the digital and online use of copyrighted materials.

Ila added that the Acts also entails special provisions for the blind, visually impaired and print-disabled persons to have access to learning and reading materials in accessible formats.

 The statement further reads: “FEDERAL COLLEGE OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, JOS ACT, 2023: This Act repeals the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos (Establishment) Act, 2018, and enacts the Federal College of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology, Jos Act, 2023, establishes the Federal College of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos, to make the Institution more effective in the discharge of its functions by strengthening the organisational framework, and to bring its provision in conformity with current democratic principles and operations of existing educational institutions, and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

President Buhari on the same day signed 16 out of the 35 bills passed by National Assembly the seeking to amend various parts of the 1999 Constitution.

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