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NLA, Private lotto Operators resolve age-old feud

The National Lotto Authority (NLA) and the Private Lotto Operators Association have reached a consensus on how to chart a new path for the lotto industry.

The parties have therefore agreed on a road-map towards successful adherence to contracts agreed upon and signed by the parties.

The parties signed the contracts at a press briefing in Accra to announce the agreements they have reached and the new course for the lotto industry.

They subsequently issued a joint communiqué indicating the parties’ agreement to set up a Joint Technical Committee made of representatives from the NLA and the Private Sector Operators (PSO) to resolve the impasse.

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Director-General of the NLA, Kofi Osei Ameyaw read the Communiqué on behalf of the parties.
He indicated that following exhaustive deliberations by the parties, the NLA will restore the PSOs who previously held licenses issued by the lotto Veterans Administration, Ghana, (VAG) under new terms and conditions from January 2020.

Under the terms, the PSOs will migrate from paper-writing to an IT platform for effective monitoring, regulation and more revenue for the state.

The parties, he said, will execute two separate contracts covering the qualified PSOs operation of the VAG Lotto under Act 844 and qualified PSOs participation in NLA 5/90 Fixed Odds Game in accordance with Section 2(4) of Act 722.

Mr. Osei Ameyaw noted that the parties have planned a nationwide sensitization campaign this month to educate the lotto public, the general public and all citizens on the Lotto Laws of Ghana, duties, responsibilities in modern lotto operations; and targeted training for sales agents and writers.

“This sensitization will also help explain the NPP government’s efforts in resolving this 30-year-old impasse on Private Sector Participation in Lotto, which has created upheavals for all governments since 1992,” he stated.

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: To ensure smooth implementation of the roadmap towards successful adherence to the signed contract, the Joint Technical Committee has put in place Joint Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to forestall unilateral breaches, unfavorable media publicity and adverse actions that may create national security concerns.

Dr. Osei Ameyaw expressed gratitude to the parties for their patience and commitments and stressed the NLA, together with the private operators, would be able to work together and provide employment to Ghanaians and revenue to the government.

Former Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Maame Tiwaa Addo Danquah who played a mediating role in resolving the impasse indicated the police were compelled to intervene after the threats of demonstrations.

According to her, any event that will lead to loss of revenue to the government is a national security threat, hence the need for the police to step in to mediate.

She averred that though she is leaving the position of CID boss, she would continue to offer her expertise and support to maintain the peace.

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