The Private Lotto Operators Association has given the National Lottery Authority (NLA) until the end of the month to issue licenses to their members.
Seth Asante Amaoni, the Association’s General Secretary, stated that they would be forced to drag the NLA before a competent court of jurisdiction to be compelled to grant them what they deserve.
On Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm’s Frontline, he explained that they began negotiations with the National Lottery Authority (NLA) in 2020, led by Mr. Ameyaw, to register for a lottery license.
He told host Kwabena Agyapong that each member paid one million cedis (GHc 1,000,000) and was required by the NLA to purchase POS terminal machines, software, servers, drawing machines, and other items.
He revealed that the proposed NLA changes were capital in nature and would cost them a significant amount of money.
Aside from that, they were given a ten-year agreement to assist us in recouping our investment, but when the current NLA, MD Mr. Samuel Awuku, took office, he pretended that such an agreement did not exist.
He claimed that the new NLA boss demanded an additional Ghc1 million before issuing the license.
“We have given the NLA until the end of the month to issue our license, or we will be forced to drag them to wherever we will drag them so we can demand our license,” he said. We have already paid and require our license. We paid for it and require it.”
He emphasized the importance of the NLA renewing their operations so that they could more easily identify those who were not licensed but were still operating in the lotto industry.
“There are several people who are unregistered and have never licensed with the NLA. That is why we are requesting that the NLA issue and renew our license. As a result, we are unable to crack the whip on unregistered individuals.”
He also said that if the NLA boss violates Article 296 of the constitution, the operators will personally drag him to court.
He stated that the Supreme Court had ordered the NLA to be mindful of the provision and regularize the operations of lotto operators because the apex court ruled that lotto operators’ activities could not be discontinued.
”We have earned our right to participate in the industry, and the government is enjoying, and as stated by the constitution, we are operating a free market economy.”