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General News of Monday, 14 May 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Lotto operators cry over GHC1m registration fees

A group calling itself Concerned Lotto Agents has petitioned president Akufo-Addo over their displeasure about certain developments in the sector.

Speaking to the media, the agents said the National Lottery Authority (NLA) is demanding an “obnoxious and outrageous GhC1 million for registration as a private lotto operator and another GhC5000 insurance guarantee for operators who want to operate nationwide.”

“It is submitted with respect that the demands of the NLA is insensitive and seeks to put the government in a bad light and portray the ruling government as being insensitive to the plight of the numerous unskilled unemployed youth who could otherwise benefit from the private participation of the Lotto business,” the group stated.

Below is the full statement:

A PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY CONCERNED LOTTO AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, we have called on you today to officially inform you about the second petition that we have sent to the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo about an amendment of National Lottery Act 722, 2006.

We the Concerned Lotto Association of Ghana (CLAAG) would want to express our displeasure and disapproval to the demands of the NLA in respect of the private participation in the Lotto business.

Whilst we commend the government and the NLA for seeing the need to opening up for private participation in the Lotto business,

we are however appalled by the obnoxious and outrageous demand of One Million Ghana Cedis for registration as a private lotto operator and another Five Million Cedis insurance guarantee for operators who want to operate nationwide.

Again the demands of NLA that lotto agents should make a down payment of five thousand cedis as insurance guarantee is absurd and unreasonable and needs to be further looked at.

It is submitted with respect that the demands of the NLA is insensitive and seeks to put the government in a bad light and portray the ruling government as being insensitive to the plight of the numerous unskilled unemployed youth who could otherwise benefit from the private participation of the Lotto business.

The ruling government promised massively to create jobs in the 2016 electioneering campaign and the outrageous demands by the NLA defeats the government’s own promise to create jobs for the people.

We want to reiterate our position that the concerned lotto agents association of Ghana had made suggestions as to how they are going to raise revenue for the Central government as contained in our earlier petition to the president of the republic and state unequivocally that we aren’t against the regularization of the industry but are against the excruciating one million non-refundable licencing fee for an operator.

We see all that as an attempt to denigrate and undermine the attempt to rake into the lotto business by private participation.

The Association believes the NLA is against private business due to reasons best known to themselves but they have cunningly accepted to allow private participation and want to kick against the policy by trying to implement dracaniary rules, regulations and outrageous monetary demands.

We are hoping that the President would act on this matter and treat it as urgent as it deserve.

This should be done without delay in the interest of the government and the people in this country.

Thank you.

KWAKU DUAH-TAWIAH

(EXECUTIVE SECRETARY)

Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana (CLAAG)