Director General (D-G) of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Mr. Sammi Awuku said the Authority is willing to assist Nigeria to build a strong lottery industry.
He said this when the leadership of the Nigeria License Lottery Operators paid a working visit to NLA.
According to him, the NLA and the Nigeria License Lottery Operators must collaborate further in enhancing their operations relying solely on integrity as a key driving force.
“It is interesting to know that Nigeria uses our draw numbers. That is because of the integrity and credibility of our system. But, in as much as Nigeria is benefiting from NLA, we hope that working relationship will also yield something beneficial to us here in Ghana too,” he said.
Sammi Awuku also make references to Ivory Coast and Sierra-Leon as other countries that depend in Ghana’s draw numbers and that Ghana is committed to the ECOWAS project, it is prudent that the two countries, Ghana and Nigeria collaborate well to earn enormous benefit from that endeavor.
He said few of Ghana’s numbers have been contention in Nigeria but hopes those matters can be resolved.
He also urged Nigeria to learn from what NLA does with the proceeds from gaming which go into charity, support for sports development and the development of other sectors.
He also dispelled the claims that spiritualists can give out lotto numbers for people to win. He said people who are engaging in such venture are fake because “we don’t conjure numbers, it is purely a game of chance.”
The NLA D-G also pointed out that in the coming days, the NLA will be going stronger on anybody operating without license.
“That also goes to those using our numbers outside Ghana. All private lotto operators must also ensure that they obtain license to do so,” he warned.
On their part, the leadership of the Nigeria Licensed Lottery Operators said their visit to Ghana National Lottery Authority (NLA) is to rekindle their working relationship and build a strong bond that will be beneficial to both countries.
Sammi Awuku indicated the importance of building the working relationship with Nigeria lottery sector.
According to him, that is necessary because Nigeria depends or uses Ghana’s draw numbers because of its integrity.
Sammi Awuku averred that the relationship that exists between the two lottery industries, both Nigeria and Ghana, must yield much benefits to Ghanaians as well.
Meeting the Director General of the NLA, Sammi Awuku and some officials of the Authority, Chima Onwuka, Chairman of Nigeria License Lotto Operators, who led the delegation enumerated that their presence in Ghana is to improve the already existing relationship between the two institutions.
“Our visit here is for us to rekindle the relationship that has existed between lotto operators in Nigeria and the NLA here in Ghana,” he said.
He also noted that the development of lottery is hinged on integrity hence, with the commitment Ghana has attached to integrity in building its lottery system is imperative for Nigeria to learn more from Ghana.
Chima Onwuka said their engagement with the NLA will also fashion out ways the Nigeria Lottory Operators can pay royalties to Ghana in the use of its draw numbers.
He hopes that their engagement with the NLA will boost their operations back in Nigeria.