General News of Friday, 21 July 2017
Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, has charged the newly constituted governing board of the Gaming Commission of Ghana to digitise the operations of the commission in order to increase its revenue generation.
He noted that gaming machines in the country were all analogue and that made it difficult for the commission to effectively monitor them for revenue generation and payment of taxes.
Inaugurating the board in Accra last Wednesday, Mr Dery, therefore, asked the board to introduce a Central Electronic Management System (CEMS) that would enable the commission to intensify its monitoring operations, extend same throughout the country, as well as open new offices in the other regions yet to be covered.
He stressed the need for the commission to also ensure that the gaming industry in the country met international standards and best practices.
The board has Mr Alex Baafour-Gyimah, a legal practitioner and a government nominee, as its chairman. Other members are Mr Peter Mireku, Head of the Gaming Commission, Mr Walter Kwao-Anati, Ministry of the Interior, Mr Charles Kofi Adu Boahen from the Ministry of Finance, Ms Francisca Oteng Mensah, Mr John Bayuo Warisa and Mr Ransford Kissi Appiah, all presidential nominees.
The rest are Ms Dorothy Onny, representative of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Kwadwo Odame Antwi, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Commissioner of Police (COP) Nathan Kofi Boakye, Ghana Police Service and Mr Kwasi Gyimah-Asante, Ghana Revenue Authority.
Mr Dery said the industry had seen exponential growth within the last few years and gaming centres could be seen all over the country.
“You, therefore, have a huge responsibility,” he stressed.
He said in recent times, the commission had come under attack, following the activities of illegal operators who indiscriminately sited slot machines at places and the surge of minors engaging in gambling activities.
Mr Dery reminded the board members that they had been carefully selected and appointed by the President on account of their expertise, experiences, skills, knowledge and more importantly, their integrity in the course of their working lives.
Mr Baafour-Gyimah, for his part, promised the minister of the commitment of the new board to discharge its duties to the best of members’ ability.