Abidjan - The Music Advertisement Association of Nigeria (MAAN) in Cote d’Ivoire has decried harassment and interference faced by its members from the Ivorian authorities.
MAAN’s Secretary and spokesman, Sunday Olutoyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that uniformed persons and anti-piracy authorities harassed its members unduly.
Olutuyi said that dealers of Nigerian music in the country had a full license from the Ivorian authority to operate.
He said that the association ensured that no dealer owed the mandatory monthly tax paid to government.
According to him, every disk containing Nigerian music carries a certification seal showing that it is not pirated.
"Each dealer pays the sum of 50,000 CFA to the government every month, and we ensure that our members comply.
"It is worrisome to see them come to harass us and extort money from us arbitrarily, it is unfair,’’ he said.
Speaking to NAN, the Consular Officer in the Nigerian Embassy in Cote d’ Ivoire, Obinna Ogbonna said that the embassy had stepped into the matter.
"We brought the Nigerian music dealers and the Ivorian anti-piracy body together, and the meeting was very fruitful,’’ he said.
He urged the Nigerians in the music market to comply with ``every genuine rule given by the authorities’’.
"As an embassy, we will stand by our citizens doing genuine businesses here, but they must obey the laws governing the business they do,’’ he said.