Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, has warned the National Lottery Authority (NLA) that it must enforce rigorous measures to ensure it promotes responsible gaming.
Speaking during the NLA’s 60th anniversary celebrations in Accra on December 9, Akufo-Addo sent a stern reminder to the organisation over its responsibilities to the country and its communities.
As reported by Ghanaian publication CitiNewsroom, he particularly emphasised the importance of protecting minors from the gambling industry.
“I urge you also to implement stringent policies on responsible gaming, chiefly, to prevent minus and under-age persons from patronising your games and to help sanitise the lottery and betting space.
“The Ghanaian people are expecting reforms that will help you live up to your vision of becoming the organisation of choice and blueprint for lotteries in Africa.”
The President further charged the NLA to ensure that patrons of lottery games receive a true reflection of the daily results published, imploring them to exercise the highest form of transparency and integrity.
“As an institution tasked with revenue generation, I will implore you to ensure that you exercise the highest form of transparency and integrity in the conduct of your draws to uphold the confidence that the public continues to have in you.
“The onus to achieve this does not only lie in your ability to generate revenue for [the] government and give back to society, but more importantly, in ensuring that the Ghanaians who play your lottery games receive a true reflection of the daily results published.”