GHANA Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) has called on the board of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), the Director-General and Finance Minister to walk their talk and stop making promises they cannot fulfill.
According to GLOA, their contributions to the growth of the country’s economy cannot be underestimated.
GLOA made this observation through its Chairman, Mr. Dan Borsor, on the sidelines at a forum organised by NLA in Accra at the weekend.
His call comes on the heels of a statement made by both the director-general and the board of NLA to the effect that the NLA was going to implement the much-talked about Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) in the lotto industry in view of its benefits and prospects for the country.
The forum was attended by members of the Board of Directors of the Authority, management members of the Authority led by the Director-General, Mr. Kofi Osei Ameyaw, Lotto Writers, Lotto Agents and Marketing Officers of the Authority.
“The critical stage at this point in the development of Ghana’s lotto industry is the appointment of a regulator who can properly regulate the activities of the GLOA to maximise profits from their operations for the development of the country,” he said.
“We are prepared to contribute our quota towards the development of the country by honouring our tax obligations promptly to help resource the national coffers to accelerate development in the country when their operation is regulated,” Mr. Borsor assured.
He reiterated GLOA’s commitment to help implement the PPP arrangement where members of association will be licensed and permitted to engage in their respective private lotto operations under the strict supervision of a regulator who will ensure strict regulatory compliance and also aid members of GLOA realise their vision of contributing their quota to help accelerate development in the country.
According to him, their proposal was yet to be implemented, but was optimistic that if the current leadership of the NLA is bold to implement the proposed PPP, it will go a long way to inure to the benefit of all Ghanaians.
“If the Director-General of NLA, Mr. Osei Ameyaw, should carry out his threats of championing the scrapping of the VAG Law, 2012 (Act 844), then he should endeavour to replace it with the proposed PPP brought forth by the Association,” he appealed.
Story: Franklin Asare-Donkoh