The National Lottery Authority (NLA) on Thursday launched its 60th anniversary celebrations in Accra.
The celebrations, which would include series of activities such as a conference on responsible gaming, will be climaxed in December later this year with a grand draw.
The theme for the Anniversary is “Enriching lives through gaming.”
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr John Kumah, applauded the Authority for its achievements over the past years and impact in the country.
He asked the NLA to reflect on the achievements which could be an incentive for it to aim higher and do more.
He tasked the Authority to prioritise the sealing of all points of revenue leakages that drained the coffers of the Authority and by extension the state.
“We believe these and other notable decisions and policies by the Board and Management of the Authority would help you generate the needed revenue to support national development,” he added.
Board Chairman of the NLA, Torgbui Francis Nyonyo, said the Authority had over the past years, embarked on a restructuring exercise, including the re-launch of the Caritas Lottery Platform to drive efficiency and rebuild our corporate image.
He said the NLA had licenced some Private Lotto Operators, (PLOs) adding that his outfit was in the process of signing on some more collaborators to introduce new games for patrons.
The security services together with the NLA task force, he noted, would continue to clamp down on defaulters to sanitise the lottery industry.
MrNyonyo noted that by the end of the year, the Authority would take delivery of modern machines, which were purchased in accordance with the standards of the World Lottery Association (WLA).
“This is to drive efficiency, while we phase out our old draw machines, which are over 25 years old. These initiatives are geared towards diversifying our revenue streams to enable us, to support the government’s developmental agenda and support our communities through the Good Causes Foundation,” he added.
The board, he said, was committed to the growth of NLA and its transformation as the organisation of choice and blueprint in Africa.
Director-General of NLA, Samuel Awuku, said as part of the celebrations, the month of October was dedicated to the Authority’s customers, while November was slated for various initiatives by its Good Causes Foundation.
He indicated that the NLA was in the meantime focused on inaugurating some projects in various parts of the country.
BY CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS