Lottery: Commission moves to clamp down on defaulting firms

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has commenced moves to recover about N326 million accrued revenue into the coffers of Federal Government from a major brewery over promotional lottery, described as “illegal.”

NLRC has also insisted that it would continue the clampdown on all illegal lottery operators anywhere within Nigeria.

The Director General, NLRC, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, who disclosed this at the weekend, said the measure was in line with its mandate as contained in the National Lottery Act, 2005 (as amended) and the National Lottery Regulation, 2007.

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He was speaking against alleged comments from the Nigeria Employees Consultative Association (NECA) over the recent enforcement exercise conducted by NLRC against Nigerian Breweries Plc.

He stated: “It is important to note that the Commission will not be distracted in its bid to rid the country of all illegal lottery and promotional activities whether in the manufacturing, financial, telecommunications or any other sector.

“The action of the Commission in closing down illegal lottery operations should not be misconstrued, because lottery activities are governed by law, and anybody or organisation that violates that law would be made to face the consequences of such violations.

“The interest of the Lottery Commission is to ensure that organisations who wish to carry out lottery operations comply with the provisions of the Lottery Act and not carry out such lotteries without due regards to the law.

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“It is our duty to enforce, to ensure the Federal Government is not short-changed in the transactions. The Commission acted within its mandate.”

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