Gaming C’ssion impounds 17 slot machines in Nkawkaw

• Kobby-Annan

• Kobby-Annan

A taskforce from the Gaming Commission at the weekend seized 17 slot machines (jackpot) at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region for flouting the rules and regulations of the Commission.

The Commission also closed down two betting shops in Anyiman for operating without permit, and allowing under-aged children to engage in gaming activities.

These activities of the offending operators contravene section 48 of the Gaming Act 2006, (Act 721).

The Commission was established with the purpose of regulating, controlling, monitoring and supervising the operations of games of chance in the country.

According to the regulations, centres must have identifiable office, a service mark, logo registered with the registrar of companies among others to operate.

Mr Kobby Annan, the Deputy Commissioner of Gaming Commission of Ghana, who led the operation, told the Ghana News Agency, that the  exercise was to clamp down on illegal gambling gaming activities in the country.

Speaking on the seized machines, Mr Annan said the owners of the machines would forfeit the machines if they fail to regularise their licence and permit after 30 days of the confiscation according to the Gaming Act.

The seized machines would be destroyed.

He said the rise of underage children involved in gambling and several complaints from parents whose children are actively involved in act also necessitated the Commission to embark on the operation.

Mr Annan said the exercise was an ongoing operations which started last year and has so far visited Ashanti Region, Central Region, Western Region, Brong-Ahafo Region and hope to visit all the regions to ensure that the right thing is done.

He said some of the operators who complied with the Commission’s directives where allowed to operate, and advised them to display a sign post in front of their businesses to discourage children from entering the shops.

The Deputy Commissioner said the exercise was a shared responsibility and urged the public to assist the Commission by giving timely information about the activities of illegal operators.

GNA

 

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