Sammi Awuku promotes European lotteries in the fight against illegal gambling


The Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Samuel Awuku, has called on European Lotteries to support the NLA in its efforts to combat illegal gambling and enforce responsible gaming practices.

The European Lotteries held its public policy seminar on “Enforcing gambling regulations: importance and challenges in Brussels” from 21 to 23 February 2024.

Representatives from EL affiliates took turns highlighting law enforcement, regulation and industry practices related to illegal gambling in their respective jurisdictions.

Mr. Awuku was invited as a guest speaker to shed light on views beyond Europe, the African and Ghanaian perspective.

While highlighting the measures taken by the NLA to curb illegal lotteries and gambling in Ghana, he called for collaboration with the European Lotteries in combating illegal lotteries and gambling in Ghana.

Mr Awuku also called on the EL to grant observer status to Ghana and collaborate with the NLA in the area of ​​charity, lamenting the illegal gambling operations which he said can be devastating to the society and contribute to the loss of tax revenue to the government.

On some measures taken in the fight against illegal gambling, he revealed: “Use of security agencies equipped with state-of-the-art technology to detain and arrest online lottery fraudsters.” Swoops – working with a joint police and military team to to conduct nationwide arrests and disruption of illegal lottery activities. Gambling Commission raids to close unauthorized gambling centers and discontinue equipment.”

The Secretary General of the EL, Mr. Arjan Van ‘T Veer, commended Ghana for the progress made in combating illegal lotteries and gambling and called on the NLA to submit an official application for observer status.

Mr Van T’ Veer also called on the NLA to work on enforcing responsible gaming, particularly when it involves minors.

The Director General was accompanied by SBI Acting Director David Lamptey and Head of Corporate Affairs Maame Kesewaah Dolphyne

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