The Association of Lotto Marketing Companies and the Staff Union of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) are calling on the NLA to harmonize the operations of private companies.
The call comes on the back of the recent impasse between the NLA and some private lotto operators.
Despite the huge potentials available to the NLA to work to generate huge sums of revenue to support the economic endeavors of the Government, the Authority is rather struggling to generate income to pay winning prizes, lotto commission, staff salaries, and emoluments, etc.
This is due to the massive encroachments on a large segment of its market to feed on the flagship product, the 5/90 game.
While the association of lotto marketing companies agrees that the 5/90 game is gold, they stress that the right things need to be done to ensure the NLA does not suffer because of it.
The association has hence in a collaborative press release with the Staff Union of the NLA called on the management of the authority to address the problems within.
“….we would like to urge the Management of the NLA to take steps to harmonize the operations of the private companies with the NLA. The private companies are also urged not to be recalcitrant and adopt a confrontational stance but should bear in mind that Section 4 of the Lotto Act, 2006 (Act 722) gives the Authority the sole mandate to operate and regulate lottery in Ghana, and that they are obliged to respect and abide by the rules and regulations and operate within the parameters set for them,” part of the press release reads.
The Lotto marketing companies are also appealing to the NLA and private lotto operators to refrain from using politics and the Media as battlegrounds, which has the tendency to not only inflame passions but also muddy the waters.
All the parties involved in the impasse have been urged to rather resort to dialogue in resolving their issues.
Find below the press release from the lotto marketing companies.