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Buhari approves medical school copyrights and bills

President Muhammadu Buhari gave his assent to two bills recently adopted by the National Assembly into law.

This was revealed on Thursday, March 23 by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for National Assembly (House of Representatives) Matters, Nasiru Ila, in a statement titled ‘Buhari Assents to Copyright Right, Federal College of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology Jos Invoices.’

The new copyright law, which extends the rights of authors, increases the penalties for criminal infringement and more adequately addresses the challenges posed by the digital and online use of copyrighted works , also provides specifically for the needs of people who are blind, partially sighted and print disabled to have access to learning and reading materials in accessible formats.

He read;

“COPYRIGHT ACT 2022: This Act repeals the Copyright Act, Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and enacts the Copyright Act, 2022, to provide for the regulation, protection and copyright administration. The enactment of the new Copyright Act has once again demonstrated this administration’s commitment to reinvigorating Nigeria’s creative economy and making it more globally competitive in the digital age.

“The main objectives of the new law, as set out in Section 1, are: to protect the rights of authors and to ensure fair reward and recognition for their intellectual efforts; provide appropriate limitations and exceptions to ensure access to creative works; facilitate Nigeria’s compliance with obligations under relevant international copyright treaties and conventions; and strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian Copyright Commission for effective regulation, administration and enforcement.

“FEDERAL COLLEGE OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, JOS ACT, 2023: This Act repeals the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Science, Jos (Establishment) Act of 2018 and enacts the Federal College of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology, Jos Act , 2023, establishes the Federal College of Medical Laboratory Sciences, Jos, to make the institution more efficient in carrying out its functions by strengthening the organizational framework and to bring its provisions in line with current democratic principles and the operations of the existing educational institutions, and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

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