NLRC Urges NASS to Amend the Commission Act

The Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, Mr. Lanre Gbajiabimila, has urged the National Assembly to amend the Lottery Act 2005 to conform to the current trends of running the lottery industry in Nigeria to meet international standard.

The Director appealed to the House of Representative Committee on Inter-Government Affairs investigating the recent crisis rocking the lottery industry and, at the same time, appreciating the House Committee. On its initiative to organize the stakeholder meeting with the lottery operators to find a way forward on the lottery industry’s crisis.

Femi Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila, it was a great honor and privilege to be invited to observe the proceedings. Further said the Commission, as the apex regulator of the lottery industry in Nigeria, is statutorily saddled with functions of promoting transparency, decency, and integrity in the operation of National Lottery in Nigeria, as well as ensure the protection of the interest of the players, stakeholders and the public in the National Lottery.

According to the National Lottery Act (NLA) provision, the Commission takes its functions very seriously, and it is determined to obey the letter and spirit of the enabling Act.

As a regulator of the industry, the Commission must take all operators equal and partners in the lottery business progress. We have to provide a level playing field for all operators and make the business environment crisis-free as much as possible regarding the ongoing rift primarily between Western Lotto and Premier Lotto, and by extension, all lottery operators. The Commission is as concerned about the development as the House Committee. It is our hope and desire that the intervention of the House Committee look into the matter will result in an amicable resolution,

– Mr. Gbajabiamila said.

Moreover, the Commission recently launched a campaign against underage gambling on Radio, Television, all relevant media outlets to curb the menace of underage gambling in Nigeria. Part of which the Commission as the urge of operators to comply with the body’s guidelines such as the verification of age before accepting players linked to there (BVN) Bank Verification Number and home address, among others. Concerning this, the NLRC has decided to clamp down on this menace.

By unveiling the campaign against underage gambling includes jingles in radio stations across the country, newspaper adverts, billboards, and social media adverts that will target parents and young people. The Commission has urged gaming companies to enforce rules against underage gambling and pass the information to all its retail agents nationwide.

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