President National Working Committee of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria(PMAN), Mr. Teemac Omatshola Iseli has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the accounts of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) so as to bring into the open how all the money collected by the society as royalties in behalf of Nigerian Musicians is shared.
The PMAN President made the remarks while reacting to reports that the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) cannot register the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria(MCSN) unless the NCC Act which makes provision for only one collective management organisation for music and sound recording is amended by the National Assembly.
Teemac called on NCC to register MCSN as ordered by the National Assembly or PMAN will be forced to mobilised musicians to occupy NCC office in Abuja.
He said COSON was illegally registered, had no audited account and lacks bilateral agreement with any collective society around the world contrary to the claims of COSON.
“ It is time that NCC stops their stories. COSON was illegally registered and it was proven to the House Committee in a public hearing. Coson used names of musicians for registration without their consent, they had no audited accounts and no bilateral agreements with collective societies around the world.
“ Now the National Assembly ordered them to register MCSN and we musicians demand that this is done immediately or we shall come back to ABUJA in the hundreds to protest and block their offices as we did 2 years ago. We also demand an EFCC investigation into the accounts of COSON and we shall see on how they shared the money collected. Tee Mac Omatshola ISELI”, he said in the report published on www.starconnectmedia.com