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CSBO Rejects Illegal 300 Million Payment To NLA

 

Coalition of Small Business Owners (CSBO) has rejected the undue pressure from the National Lottery Authority(NLA) on them to cough a whopping Three Hundred Million Ghana Cedis(GHS 300, 000, 000.00) to the Authority.

CSBO described the demand as illegal and noted in a Press Statement that, the Management of the National Lottery Authority informed the Private Lotto Operators during a meeting they had with them on 10 October 2023 of the said payment.

According to CSBO, they shall not pay any illegal Three Hundred Million Ghana Cedis to the National Lottery Authority.

“If the Management of NLA continues to intimidate the Private Lotto Operators then we will have no option but to use the Court System and Demonstrations to stop such irresponsible and illegal actions of the National Lottery Authority.”

Read the statement below:

It has come to the notice of the Coalition of Small Business Owners(CSBO) that the National Lottery Authority(NLA) is illegally putting undue pressure on Private Lotto Operators and Agents to cough a whopping Three Hundred Million Ghana Cedis(GHS 300, 000, 000.00) to the Authority. The Management of the National Lottery Authority informed the Private Lotto Operators during a meeting they had with them on 10th October 2023.

According to the National Lottery Authority, the Chief Justice, Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA), and the Ministry of Finance have authorized NLA through an official letter to collect such an amount of money from the Private Lotto Operators because Akufo-Addo’s Government seriously needs funds.

However, during the meetings held on the 10th October 2023 and 18th October 2023 between the Private Lotto Operators and the National Lottery Authority, the Leadership of Ghana Lotto Operators Association(GLOA) demanded that particular official letter purportedly coming from the Chief Justice, GRA and Ministry of Finance which is authorizing the Management of National Lottery Authority to collect such an amount of money from the Private Lotto Operators but the Management of NLA shamefully failed to produce such a letter.

The CSBO is just serving this strong notice to the Management of National Lottery Authority that, the Private Lotto Operators shall not pay any illegal Three Hundred Million Ghana Cedis to the National Lottery Authority. If the Management of NLA continues to intimidate the Private Lotto Operators then we will have no option but to use the Court System and Demonstrations to stop such irresponsible and illegal actions of the National Lottery Authority.

The lottery business has already collapsed coupled with unpaid wins under this current Management of the National Lottery Authority. The NLA itself is not able to pay its wins as well as indebted to Lots Service Ghana Limited and Simnet Ghana Limited.

The CSBO wants to draw the attention of the GRA that, each Private Lotto Operator has been paying One Million Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis as license fees to the National Lottery Authority every year since 2021. We want GRA to chase such monies at the National Lottery Authority. According to the sources at the National Lottery Authority, all the license fees paid by the Private Lotto Operators and Agents have not been credited to the account of the Consolidated Fund, a requirement under the National Lotto Act. The Management of the National Lottery Authority has wasted all the license fees paid by the Private Lotto Operators and Agents on the NLA Good Causes Foundation, a Foundation set up by NLA yet without a Board of Trustees.

The CSBO has had enough from the National Lottery Authority and it is about time to let the Management of the Authority to understand that they cannot illegally use the National Lotto Act and its Regulations to bully and intimidate the Private Lotto Operators across the Country.

There shall be a series of Court Actions and Demonstrations against the National Lottery Authority if they fail to behave reasonably and act uncooperatively.

Lastly, we want to warn the Management of the National Lottery Authority to stop the illegal sales of the 54 Acres of Land and the over 150 Flats at Adenta to NPP cronies and businessmen. That 54 Acres of Land and the over 150 Flats at Adenta rightly belong to the National Lottery Authority and the Government of Ghana.

…signed…
Mr. Justice Ayeh Donkor
Convener of CSBO

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