Walt your talk – Lotto Operators tell NLA and Finance Ministry

The Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA), has called on the the Director-General and Board of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) to walk their talk and not make promises they have no intentions of keeping.

GLOA is of the view that private lotto operation in Ghana has a huge prospect of contributing immensely to the transformation of both the local and national economies of the country hence special asttention must be paid to developing that sector.

Mr. Dan Borsor, Chairman of GLOA stated this at a recent forum organized by the NLA in Accra. He was reacting to statements made by both the Director-General and the Board of NLA to the effect that, the NLA was going to implement the much-talked about Public-Private-Partnership in the lotto industry in view of the benefits and prospects it has for the country.

The forum was attended by members of the Board, Management members of the Authority led by the Director-General, Mr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Lotto Writers, Lotto Agents and Marketing Officers of the Authority, among others.

He told the participants at the forum that, what was critical at this stage in Ghana’s development, was the appointment of a regulator who can properly regulate the activities of the Lotto Operators Association to maximize profits from their operations for the country.

He told the forum that, members of GLOA are prepared to contribute their quota towards the development of the country by impressing on their members to promptly honour their tax obligations to help resource the national coffers to accelerate development in the country.

It would be recalled that, since 2006 members of GLOA, who operated private lotto in the country, were banned from operations following the passage of the National Lottery Authority Act, 2006 (Act 722).

As a result, private lotto operators and their workforce numbering over five thousand were thrown out of job, a development that has allegedly increased the unemployment rate in the country.

Following this development, GLOA has made several proposals to successive governments about the hardships caused by the passage of Act 722 and its attendant consequences and called for a review of the law in line with economic liberties contained in the Directive Principles of State Policy enshrined in the 1992 Constitution.

Among others, GLOA has proposed the implementation of a PPP arrangement where their members would be licensed and permitted to engage in their respective private lotto operations under the strict supervision of a regulator who will ensure strict regulatory compliance and also aid members of the Association to realise their vision of contributing their quota to accelerating the development in the country.

Their proposal is yet to be implemented, but Mr. Dan Borsor is optimistic that, if the current leadership of the NLA is bold to implement the proposed PPP, it will go a long way to inure to the benefit of all Ghanaians.

GLOA is of the view that, if the Director-General of NLA, Mr. Osei Ameyaw should carry out his threats of championing the scrapping of the VAG Law, 2012 (Act 844), then he should endeavor to replace it with the proposed PPP brought forth by the Association.

This is because, members of GLOA have been identified as a strong force with the requisite knowledge, skills and innovations that can help transform the lotto industry in view of their vast experience in that sector of the economy.

Source: Anthony Kwesi Coomson

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