The National Executives of the association of the Lotto Marketing Companies (LMCS) has thrown its weight behind the Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, to fully pursue all the policy initiatives he has outlined.
The Executives have also disassociated from a statement issued by a group calling itself the National Association of Lotto Marketing Companies and Retailers which sort to undermine the progress being made by the new administration headed by Mr Osei-Ameyaw.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today, on the sidelines of a Press Conference held in Accra to debunk allegations leveled against the NLA Boss and the authority as a whole, the General Secretary of LMCs, Mr Kofi Frimpong described members of the group as disgruntled individuals whose claims are baseless, unfounded, and unwarranted.
“We condemn not only their actions in totality but the contents of their purported press statement issued on 31st August, 2017 in Kumasi in the Ashanti region” he added.
Mr Frimpong announced that true members of the association welcome the decision by the Director-General and the management team of NLA to regularize operations of the Private Lotto Operators whose activities are done outside the legal framework of Act 722.
According to him the operations of Private Lotto Operators, popularly known in the Ghanaian parlance as Banker-to-Banker has become an albatross hanging on the neck of NLA. Saying several attempts made by past managements of NLA including police raids to eliminate them have not been successful.
“In our view, the only option worth considering now is to find a way to control activities of Banker-to-Banker operators. We need to bring them on board; we need to register and license them to enable them pay taxes as we all do” Mr Frimpong added.
Let me say without unequivocal terms that the National Executive Committee and members of the association fully endorse the decision of the Board and management team of NLA to license Banker-to-Banker operators. He reiterated.
The National Executives, has also commanded the Director-General for his foresights and strategic initiatives to expand the revenue base of the authority and most importantly to create jobs for the teeming unemployment youth.
According to them for the short period that the new administration took office, the authority has made unprecedented sale of Ghc205,047,991.65 and paid an amount of Ghc41,009,598.33 which represent 20% of total sales to retailers as commissions.
Source: Franklin Asare-Donkoh