History reveals that private lotto operators in the Country suffered most in their business and this frequently happened when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) is in power for reasons nobody understands.

In 1989 when the PNDC government find out that a large number of people are into lotto business due to economic hardships.
The government through Parliament enact a law which is PNDC Law 223 as a district weekly lotto, in 1998 a survey by the government found out that over four hundred thousand (400,000) people were surviving on lotto business and the report captured that after farmers and traders, the largest targeted group are into lotto business so why illegal, he lamented.

Addressing the Press today at Cultural Center “Dwaberem” here in the Kumasi Metropolis, the Executive Secretary of CLAAG Kwaku Duah – Tawiah, however, said the government would lose huge revenue if it fails to regulate the private lotto industry to make it more viable and productive which will attract everybody to pay tax.

“Our estimations indicate that NPP led government would earn more than three hundred million Ghana Cedis (Ghc 300m) per annum from the private lottery if the law is amended and regularised.

According to Kwaku Duah competition in any democracy builds a healthy economy, and it is about time management of NLA accept the monopoly as a thing of the past. We are therefore appealing to the President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and his government to have a second look at the law Act 722 (2006) as Hon. Freddy Blay, acting National Chairman of NPP, promised that they would have a second look at the Law and amend to allowed private participation in the lotto industry.

The Director General of NLA Lawyer Osei Kofi Ameyaw was heard on various radio stations saying that he has given all lotto agents, writers and operators up to the end of this year to register with NLA of face the full rigours of the law.
Meanwhile, he has not had any discussion on the proposals with us, and I don’t think we can register with them without knowing what the policy entails.

The Director General’s plan to register between thirty and fifty lotto operators in each region and charge each, one million CEDI’s is unacceptable.

Source: Metro News | Krobea Asante |

 

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