A high powered delegation from Tanzania are in Ghana to understudy the operations of the National Lottery Authority and the transformational agenda taking place at the Authority.
This forms part of the efforts of Tanzania’s Government to restructure and transform the Lottery business and operations in Tanzania.
The delegation was well received by the Management of the National Lottery Authority and was later taken through a series of presentations by the Business Development Committee of the NLA.
The Director General of the National Lottery Authority, Kofi Osei Ameyaw in a brief presentation said the NLA has developed the E-kiosk Concept which is one of the top-notch business models of the Authority.
The E-Kiosk project he said has absolutely no financial burden on the Authority and Government.
It is a Private Initiative in collaboration with the National Lottery Authority. The Private Sector he noted is responsible for the financial arrangements for the E-kiosk.
The E-Kiosk project Mr. Osei Ameyaw said has gone through all the neccessary legal proceedings and arrangements awaiting for the full implementation across Ghana and beyond.
The E-Kiosk according to the Director General will offer a wide range of services such as Banking, Mobile Money, Courier services, Remittance, payments of Water bills, Electricity bills, DSTV/Television Fees etc.
The E-kiosk project he said will partner State Institutions such as NABCO, YEA, Ghana Post, Ghana Revenue Authority, One District One Factory Secretariat, MMDAs and Members of Parliament in its implementation.
He said a successful implementation of the E-Kiosk Project will triple the revenue generation of the National Lottery Authority.
The NLA boss said the Ministry of Defence in agreement with the Board of National Lottery Authority and Veterans Administration Ghana have decided to collaborate beneficially for both Institutions to benefit rather the initial move to have the VAG of Act 844 repealed to place all the game rights under the NLA.
He said in accordance with the agreement between the NLA and VAG, the National Lottery Authority will very soon launch and subsequently start the operations of the NLA-VAG Lottery to the benefit of Government, Veterans, NLA and potential customers.
The Director-General,further explained that, one of the nightmares of the Authority is illegal Lottery and that the NLA supported by Association of Lotto Marketing Companies have on many occasions caused the arrest and prosecution of the illegal lotto operators, agents and writers.
However, due to resource constraints, political pressure and interferences no appropriate sanctions are meted out to the illegal lotto operatours.
The National Lottery Authority under NPP Government has adopted a more innovative and pragmatic approach to address illegal lottery operations in Ghana through registration, validation and granting of license to Banker to Banker Lotto Operators, Agents and Writers who are able to satisfy all the requirements of the National Lottery Authority.
The National Lottery Authority since its establishment has been running on a Self-financing business model without Government funds.
The Tanzanians delegation were highly impressed about the innovations at the NLA and called on the Director General to assist the Tanzanian Government to restructure and transform Lottery Business and operations in Tanzania.
Story by Felix Cofie