Ghana News-The Ghana National Chamber of Licensed Banker to Banker Lotto Operators and Agents has expressed their willingness to pay the fees determined by the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) for licenses to operate.
This, they noted is because the fees was adequately explained to them during a stakeholder meeting with the NLA recently.
Speaking at a press conference in Kumasi on Tuesday, Mr Frank Adjei, Founder and Executive Chairman of the group noted their readiness to pay the fees for the license.
According to him, his outfit was actually the first to pay the stipulated fee which came to force in March 15, 2018.
‘’We at the Chamber of banker to banker lotto operators and agents are ever ready to pay the 1million fee knowing this amount will also help government streamline activities in the lotto industry’’, Mr Adjei noted.
Mr Adjei revealed that the NLA earlier ordered the leaders of the various groups of banker to banker lottery to submit their proposals for discussion.
This meeting, he added was to enable both the operators and the regulators to finalize discussion on the fees the regulator wanted to charge before licenses were given out.
According to him, the group who are now calling for a reduction in the license fees ironically came up with the highest rate when proposals were submitted.
Mr Adjei, therefore, described the sudden turn by the Private Lotto Operators to demand a reduction of the rate as mischievous.
Speaking to this reporter later, Mr Razak Kojo Opoku, Founder of Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) and consultant noted the fee of 1million was the least the NLA came up with after meeting with the lotto operators.
The Private Lotto Operators, he mentioned are acting in bad faith, adding that per their argument the NLA should be collecting Five (5) million cedis for those wanting to operate nationwide.
Instead of going with the suggested five million, the NLA has drastically reduced the license fees to one 1 million Ghana cedis.
The NLA, Mr Opoku noted has dealt transparently with all lotto operators and by their operations will make the business smooth for honest operators across the country.
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