Government has been asked to get out the operation of lotto business and leave it in the hands of the private sector by acting only as regulator to games of chance in the country.
A group,calling itself Concerned Voters Movement (CVM) says the continuous participation and operation of lotto by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) indicates Government’s lack of faith in the principle of free market economy.
Addressing a news conference in Kumasi on Monday, September 18, President of CVM, Razak Kojo Poku stated that the National Lotto Act, Act 722, had created monopoly in the lotto business and denied private sector participation to the detriment of employment creation and tax revenue for the nation.
Mr. Kojo Opoku was defending banker to banker operators after the NLA indicated it had given them a six-month period to regularise their operations or will face legal prosecution in accordance with Act 722.
According to him, the CVM “wants government to immediately suspend the National Lotto Act since it is in contravention with Article 36 of the National Constitution” adding the “Act 722 was also in conflict with the Gaming Act of 2006 (Act 721) and the VAG Act of 2012 (Act 844) that grant autonomy to the Gaming Commission of Ghana and the Veterans Administration Ghana respectively which are under different Ministries”.
For the CVM, the tussle among the three state agencies about which has the authority to supervise and control lotto, raffles, and other game of chance like sport betting is worrisome and harmful to the development of the nation’s economy.
“Private sector participation in the economy of Ghana is enshrined in the 1992 Constitution. Specifically, we are talking about Article 24, 36 and 37 of the Constitution,” Mr. Opoku stressed.
He noted:“CVM wants Government to respond in the changing times to avoid serious pitfalls and abolish the lotto courts set out to go after banker-to-banker operators. If the NLA Director General and others don’t believe in free markets, let them know that some of us worked at the trenches for the NPP to win power.”
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Jonathan Ofori