The National Association of Private Lotto Operators and Agents and the Ghana National Chamber of Banker to Banker Lotto Operators and Agents have asked their members to cease the media war with the regulator, saying it is inappropriate and improper to do so.
To this end, they have advised their members to always adopt dialogue and consensus building with the National Lottery Authority (NLA) rather than always running to the media to ‘fight’ the regulator.
The call was made in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Association, Dr. Frank Adjei.
Members of the Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana (CLAAG) recently condemned the online lottery that Keed Ghana Limited (KGL) is operating, saying it could cause about two million job losses in the industry.
They claimed that certain initiatives undertaken by the NLA was to get private lotto operators out of business.
Shedding light on the concerns of the private lotto operators, Dr. Adjei noted that per the understanding of the contract between NLA and all private lotto operators licensed under Act 844 regulated by Act 722 and L. I. 1948, it never stated in the contract that a private lotto operator or agent can organise independent live lotto draws on TV without a composition of the Draw Committee properly set up by NLA.
“[It] never stated in the contract that a private lotto operator or agent can operate Short Code for NLA VAG 5/90 Game. Only one license that was issued to us, that is a license under Act 844. We were never issued an Act 722 license,” he said.
He therefore called for calm and peace to prevail in the lottery industry, stressing, “let’s all support NLA, the regulator of the lottery industry, because the collapse of NLA will eventually collapse the whole industry, including all private lotto operators, agents and writers.”