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Experts deplore products trafficking, counterfeiting at IPR forum

By Innocent Anoruo
24 November 2022   |   4:23 am
Experts have raised the alarm over growing counterfeiting and illicit product trafficking in the country, saying it has become a global security concern, portending danger to humans and animals.

Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo

Experts have raised the alarm over growing counterfeiting and illicit product trafficking in the country, saying it has become a global security concern, portending danger to humans and animals.

The issue was the focus during a two-day Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI) Consultative Roundtable on Counterfeiting at Eko Hotel, Lagos, recently, where the experts brainstormed on how trafficking of counterfeit and illicit products could be checked.

At the forum, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, called for synergy among relevant government agencies in the war against IPR theft, trafficking of counterfeit and illicit products in the country.

The minister, represented by Chief Registrar (Trademarks, Patent and Designs), Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Stella Ezenduka, described counterfeiting as a global problem.

According to Adebayo, counterfeiting is an international menace, which poses danger to businesses in Nigeria and other parts of the world and to global trade, hence it needs the collaboration of all relevant agencies to tackle.

He pointed out that government alone could not handle the problem of counterfeiting and illicit products, as it is a cartel with a global connection.

He said: “The Nigerian government, through its regulatory institutions, such as National Agency for Food and Drug and Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other institutions, including non-governmental organisations, is working to combat counterfeiting in Nigeria. 

“However, this is a fight that requires collaborative effort. It cannot be eliminated or tackled through the efforts of one group or region involved.

“To combat counterfeiting and IPR theft, we must collectively figure out how to deploy anti-counterfeiting solutions that are tough to copy but easy to recognise and verify for the supply chain, merchants and consumers, while being cost-effective.”

The minister believes that strong legislation will go a long way in reducing the menace. Also, the Vice President for Africa, Interpol Executive Committee and Head, National Central Bureau (NCB) Abuja, Garba Umar, admitted that counterfeiting and trafficking of illicit products has become a global security concern.

Umar, who was represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abass Sule, feared that the rate at which counterfeit and illicit products now flood the market is a major challenge for international law enforcement community and a huge risk to global public health and economy.

 

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