The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has rejected claims by a section of the public that it is engaged in financial impropriety.
It expressed concern about the “deliberate attempt by some individuals to tarnish the reputation of the authority for their personal gains” without any shred of evidence.
A statement signed and issued by the Board Chair, Ambassador Emmanuel Oscar Ameyedowo, and the Director-General, Brigadier-General Martin Ahiaglo (rtd) yesterday, refuted the claims and called on Ghanaians to ignore them.
It said such speculations seeking to suggest that all was not well in respect of the management of the affairs of the authority, were unfounded and inaccurate.
“We wish to state unequivocally, that such allegations are untrue and that they are attempts by some detractors, who wish to paint the board and management of NLA black,” it said.
“There are no negative or suspicious developments in NLA; anything to the contrary emanates from a few disgruntled individuals who are being used by persons who see the board and management as a formidable force preventing them from having their way”.
The statement stressed that the authority is one of the most vibrant state institutions contributing its quota to the development of the nation’s infrastructure, and is committed to raising revenue for the state.
It said the board and management of NLA were focused on achieving their core mandate of raising revenue for national development and to continue delivering quality service to NLA’s valued patrons, adding that “the NLA will never waver in the midst of such destructive speculations.
“We believe that all well-meaning Ghanaians and especially our valued patrons, as well as our sector Ministry, are living witnesses to the achievements of NLA in recent times, and management is poised to achieve even greater heights,” it stressed.
The statement further indicated that the NLA was aware of steps by the detractors to distract the management and board from focusing on its mandate of serving the country with quality service, unmatched in the sub region.
It, therefore, assured the public and its patrons that there was no such impropriety, as management operated an open door policy that did not entertain any inappropriate behaviour.
“As an authority, our paramount interest lies in maximising revenue for government; that has always been our avowed aim and is the sole agenda at the heart of all our operations,” it said.
The statement, therefore, called on the stakeholders of the authority to remain committed to its vision and mission and ignore the rumour, assuring them of the NLA’s resolve to expand ad continue to enhance its service delivery.
By Times Reporter