Stay off Lotto business-NLA Staff warned

The Director General of the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), Mr Kofi Osei Ameyaw has warned staff of the Authority to stay off lottery business in the country.

According to him, no staff is mandated by law to engage in lottery business, adding anyone doing so is contravening the law governing the Authority.

Addressing members of the Lotto Marketing Company and Retailers Association at the Center for National Culture in Kumasi, Mr Amewaw indicated the resolve of the Authority to prosecute any of its staff who is found to be engaged in the lottery business.

The attention of the Authority, he indicated had been drawn to this illegal activities of some of its staff and pledged his commitment to dealing with the issue.

Mr Osei Ameyaw assured members of the Association of plans by the Authority to rid the lottery business of unscrupulous and illegal persons.

For starters, he disclosed the registration of members in the lottery business countrywide, adding this will ensure the regularization of the activities of member groups and unions.

According to him, the registration will help the authority to scrutinize and monitor those who are engaged in legal business in the lottery sector.

The Director- General revealed that those who undergo the registration will be permitted to commence business as the Authority will only provide license to those who have the requisite registration.

Mentioning plans by the NLA, Mr Ameyaw said the Authority is in the process recruiting at least 30,000 people into the lottery business.

Some of these recruits, he indicated will be lotto police and monitors who will be tasked to ensure sanity is brought into the system.

According to the DG, the government is committed to ensuring the sector is rid of corruption and illegal activities.

He mentioned plans to crowd out banker to banker operatives from the system but noted that the ongoing registration is to allow some of them regularize their operations with the Authority.

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