GHANA National Chamber of Licensed Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operators and Agents (GNCLBBLOA) has stated emphatically that, it has absolutely nothing to do with members of the Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana (CLAAG) who have recently accused the National Lottery Authority (NLA) of mismanagement and corruption.
According to the Chamber, CLAAG led by Mr Kwaku Duah-Tawiah was not and can never be the mouthpiece of all private lotto operators and agents known as banker-to-banker across the country, adding that the CLAAG has a credibility deficit.
A press statement signed and issued by the Executive Chairman of GNCLBBLOA, Mr Frank Adjei, and copied to Today on Saturday, March 23, 2019 said the Chamber does not recognise CLAAG and Kwaku Duah-Tawiah, and, therefore, urged the general public to totally ignore them.
The statement asserted that Ghana National Chamber of Licensed Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operators and Agents welcomes the GH¢1 million (One Million Ghana Cedis) license fee and “as a matter of fact we were the first group in Ghana to pay to the National Lottery Authority the said license fee as a pre-requisite for the registration, validation and granting of license.
“We are of the view that such a laudable initiative would help to create legitimate lottery businesses, expand the operations of the lottery industry, ensure equity and standardisation in the lottery operations, bring sanity to the lottery industry, generate substantial revenue for government and create a lot of employment opportunities for the youth, it said.
The statement urged the NLA and government to cause the arrest and prosecution of illegal lotto operators and agents who refuse to take advantage of the opportunity that NLA has presented to serve as a deterrent to all illegal lotto operators and agents.
“We are there to support any government to succeed and we will never be an obstacle to any government,” the statement said.
The statement stressed that the CLAAG was not associated with GNCLBBLOA.
It went on to explain that members of GNCLBBLOA had no affiliation with Kwaku Duah-Tawiah and CLAAG.
It further said that the Chamber “would like to put it on record that CLAAG and Kwaku Duah-Tawiah do not have any mandate to speak on behalf of Private Lotto Operators and Agents in Ghana.”
The statement maintained that the Chamber was fully in support of the License Fee of One Million Ghana Cedis for Private Lotto Operators who want to operate nationwide.
It would be recalled that the NLA has dismissed claims of mismanagement and corruption at the authority which was made by CLAAG.
A statement issued by the Head of Public Affairs Department of NLA, Mr Razak Kojo Opoku, said “all the allegations raised by CLAAG against the Authority are baseless and without merit,” adding that “CLAAG has a credibility deficit.”
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