Nigerians must develop the creative talents of youths, the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. Afam Ezekude, admonished yesterday in his goodwill message on this year’s World Intellectual Property Day.
According to him, this year’s theme, “Creativity: the Next Generation,” “underscores the strategic importance of the younger generation of inventors, scientists, authors, musicians, artistes, etc, to the future of mankind and the sustenance of national aspirations in our increasingly knowledge-driven world.”
He said intellectual property remained Nigeria’s most valuable resource which must be harnessed in a responsible and sustainable manner, adding that the spirit of creativity and excellence should be inculcated in Nigerian children, including all supports to enable them realise their God-given talents.
He added: “Our school curriculum should be balanced in both academic learning and the sharpening of creative skills. Greater attention should be paid to extra-curricular activities in our schools and institutional support given to talent hunts at every level of education.”
Ezekude added: “Convinced on the need to invest in the next generation, the Nigerian Copyright Commission will continue to partner with relevant institutions to strengthen the copyright system and give hope to our teeming creative talents”, he stated, adding that with the country’s abundant creative talents, “the nation will not only reproduce the likes of Achebe, Fela, Ogunde and Ladi Kwali, but is already at the threshold of taking creativity and innovation to the next level on a global scale.”
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