The Director General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila and other representatives of NLRC, paid a courtesy call to the Director General of National Lottery Authority, Ghana; Mr. Samuel Awuka on a 2 day working visit to Ghana.
The visit was part of the process for launching the Nigerian National Game. According to Mr. Gbajabiamila, the visit which was also made alongside a company called Elrae Technologies, was to avail both NLRC and Elrae Technologies, the opportunity to understudy the Ghanaian National Game, which has been in existence for the past 60 years.
Mr. Gbajabiamila went on to add that the delegation from NLRC, visited some of the facilities in Ghana and engaged in some progressive discussions on how to collaborate for the ultimate interests of both Nigeria and Ghana. They delegates also witnessed the live draw of the Ghana national game.
Mr. Samuel Awuku, at a reception in honour of the NLRC delegation, pledged the support of the NLA, in ensuring the success of the proposed Nigeria National Game. He advised the NLRC to undertake elaborate publicity of the launch to ensure wide participation. “We are happy to have you as brothers and friends, we want you to succeed, and we will support you to succeed” Mr. Awuku affirmed.
Mr. Awuku also invited NLRC to the 60th anniversary of the Ghana NLA, slated for December 2022 and appealed to the DG NLRC to approve participation of the Commission.
Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila in response, expressed profound gratitude to the DG Ghana NLA and his team for their warm reception.
Mr. Awuku, again called on Nigeria to join the Association of African Lottery Authority which according to him is currently dominated by Francophone countries. He said Nigeria Ghana and Sierra- Leone ought to drive the interest of the Anglophone African countries in the group.
Furthermore, Mr. Awuku advised Nigeria to seize the opportunity afforded by the planned African Lottery Conference to be hosted in Ghana this year to join the Association of African Lottery Authority. According to him, the conference would centre on issues around Responsible Gaming and the need to curb addiction in the Lottery and Gaming industry. He stressed the need for Nigeria and Ghana to exit the bottom level of the Gaming addiction index to better ratings for responsible Gaming.