Lagos Lotteries Board Exceeds Target Set 2020

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic crisis, the Lagos state lotteries board announced that the Board exceeds the set target for 2021 by 100 percent. The Board has called for continuous support and commitment of lottery, sports betting, and other gaming operators in the State towards achieving the Board set plans to make Lagos gaming hub and the best in Africa.

Speaking at the 2020 Lagos Gaming Operator’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held at Oriental Hotel Victoria Island on Wednesday last week, the Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Lotteries Board, Mr. Bashir Abiola. Are advised the operators to always focus on positivity. Are disclosed that the Board met the set target and recorded over 100 percent increase in the set target by the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget despite the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that enviable accomplishment amid the numerous wrongs that characterized the year 2020 is a testament to the grace of God and the tenacity of a relentless team of hardworking individuals at the State lotteries board.

He said:

“As we are approaching another year of uncertainty, it is imperative for us to always focus on positivity. We must be open-minded to challenges and always try to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As L.S.L.B. aims to raise the bar higher, we will need the full support of operators while working together to help you build and sustain your businesses.”

Bashir Abiola

Abiola Are, while commending the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the sterling leadership qualities of the governor have reflected in the steadfast progress currently being experienced in the State despite the unfortunate turn events in 2020. He also praises the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, for his unwavering devotion to the successful implementation of the campaign promise made to the good people of Lagos State, adding that Dr, Hamzat has been a reliable partner-in-growth to Governor Sanwo Olu in actualizing the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of the present administration in Lagos State. The L.S.L.B. boss who commended the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Rabiu Olowo, for his advisory role and opened door policy, also appreciate the licensed operators for their commitment in ensuring that the Board exceeded its targeted revenue.

Speaking on L.S.L.B.’s activities in 2020, Are disclosed that with the incredible support of Governor Sanwo-Olu and the dutiful Lagos State House of Assembly, the agency achieved a monumental feat of getting its bills aimed at harmonizing the Lagos State Gaming and Lotteries Authority laws, passed. He also praised the Law Reforms Commission’s cooperation, which contributed in no small measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He said, “The Year 2020 will be remembered in the minds and hearts of people for generations to come. Like a thief in the night, it stole the smiles and joy of millions worldwide with the various catastrophic events, from the life-changing Covid-19 pandemic to the destruction of lives and properties by multiple explosions and even the desolation of infrastructure during the #EndSARS protest.

I empathize with anyone who might have lost a family member, business partner, or friend. My heart also goes out to those currently recuperating from financial, medical, and education mishap.

“Due to movement restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we implemented a work from home policy that made it possible for continuation of promoting, regulating, and protecting the gaming industry in Lagos State. We were able to exceed our given target by more than 100 percent. This enviable accomplishment amid the numerous wrongs that 20202 ushered is a testament to the grace of God and the tenacity of a relentless team of hardworking individuals.”

In her address, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Sanwo-Olu on State Lotteries, Ms. Olufunmilola Olotu, urged all stakeholders to give Lagos State Lotteries Board all their support and commitment towards achieving the set plans to make the Lagos gaming sector the best in Africa and to promote entertainment and tourism as encapsulated under the T.H. E.M.E.S. agenda of the Babajid Sanwo-Olu administration.

Olotu said L.S.L.B. has collaborated with gaming operators in the State and held series of meetings to come up with a detailed framework for the actualization of EKO Games, adding that the Board will champion EKO Games and oversee the total operations of the games to ensure a controlled and regulatory lottery sector in the State. She Said L.S.L.B. as of November 30, 2020, has a total of 85 licenses across various gaming verticals, which are Public Online Lottery (8), Online Sports Betting (28), Casino (180, Gaming Machine (7) Pool Betting (14) other Games (9) Scratch Cards (1).

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