NLA is determined to enhance relationships with all operators – Director General

By Amadu
Kamil Sanah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 4, GNA – The National Lottery
Authority (NLA) has said it is working to enhance relations with all lotto
operators in an effort to generate more revenue to support government’s
national development agenda.

This was made known by Mr Kofi Osei-Ameyaw,
the Director General of the NLA, when a group of Lotto Operators and the
Association of NLA Licensed Banker to Banker Agents called on him to formally
introduce themselves.

He said there is the need for all unlicensed
operators to collaborate with the Authority in order to obtain a licence and
operate within the laws, adding that the doors of the NLA are open to all

Mr Osei-Ameyaw said it is the responsibility
of the NLA to mobilise funds through the game of lotteries to support
government’s development agenda, hence the need to regulate the sector by
bringing licensed and unlicensed operators under a one umbrella.

He said the licensing of illegal lotto
operators will be regulated through a public-private partnership to curb the
revenue lost through tax evasion.

Mr Osei-Ameyaw said the Authority would not
tolerate anyone who goes contrary or disobeys the lottery laws adding that,
lotto marketing companies are the ones licensed by the law.

He said: “On August 15, I would separately
meet with lotto operators to discuss the proposals on a public private
partnership and that this is to create a level playing ground for all parties
in the sector.

Mr David Offei Agyekum, Chief Executive
Officer of Super4 Intelic Limited, said the reason for forming the association
was as a result of the issues raised at the stakeholder forum held by the
Authority on Tuesday, July 25.

He said the forum deliberated on ways to
address the imbalances in the lottery industry hence the directive to all
illegal operators to acquire a licence.

Mr Agyekum commended Mr Osei-Ameyaw for the
initiative and thanked him for giving unlicensed lottery operators the
opportunity to be registered to operate within the law.


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