The Concerned Lotto Agents Associations of Ghana (CLAAG) has bemoaned the abrupt tightening of the law against unlicensed lotto operations in the country by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) upon the assumption of office of President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Kofi Osei–Ameyaw, Director–General of NLA, recently told all unlicensed lottery operators to, as a matter of urgency, register with the NLA in order to operate in accordance with the National Lottery Act of 2006, Act 722, which mandates the Authority to regulate, supervisor and conduct national lotteries in the country.
All lotto agents, under new directives as well as writers, and operators, have up to the end of this year to register with the NLA or they would be made to face the full rigorous of the law, the CLAAG members, claimed.
The Executive Secretary of CLAAG, Kwaku Duah Tawiah, in a statement to the media, noted that they heard the Director General on radio indicating that the NLA would register between 30 and 50 lotto operators in each region and charge each person GH¢1million to raise GH¢150million for the country, and described this as unacceptable, and passionately appealed to the government to quickly amend the law governing the lotto operation, since the government stands to gain more than GH¢300 million annually if it allows the current status quo to remain.
Mr. Duah–Tawiah said that the large number of the lotto agents, writers and operators could contribute substantially to the growing of Ghana’s economy, if proper modalities were put in place for them to operate.
The CLAAG members claimed that Mr. Osei Ameyaw and some management members of NLA intend to arraign and jail all private lotto operators by setting a high threshold that is difficult to meet.
Arresting people, who are prepared to work in their own country in order to contribute meaningfully to the economy , is not a good thing to talk about, we do not know whether we will be registered as “ banker to banker” operators of NLA or not.
They appealed to President Akufo-Addo and his government to take a second look at the National Lottery Law or “we would interpret the directive by the NLA boss as bad faith on the part of government after honouring our side of bargaining in the electioneering campaign promise.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi