Our concerns have been neglected – Lotto retailers

By Wayo
Rosemary, GNA

Tamale (N/R), Sept. 14, GNA – Members of the
Northern Lottery Marketers and Retailers Association (NLMRA) have expressed
worry about how their concerns on issues concerning their lottery business have
been neglected by the management of the National Lottery Authority.

They said the neglect was affecting their
businesses and appealed to management NLA to give them a listening ear to
address their concerns and improve sales to boost the economy.

The retailers expressed the concern in Tamale
during a meeting with delegation of some management members of the National
Lottery Authority (NLA) from its headquarters.

Miss Inusah Martha, a member of NLMRA, said
the association attempted several times to get the attention of the NLA
national management to discuss issues of ‘banker-to-banker’ lottery operation
and other challenges but to no avail.

She said ‘’banker-to-banker’’ lottery
retailers get 30 per cent commission on daily basis whereas, members of the
NLMRA get 20 per cent monthly and this is the reason why many people prefer the
‘banker to banker’ to NLA since winners get paid immediately”.

Mr Mohammed Issaka, another member of the
association, said they held a conference early this year to address this issue
but there has been no improved results and called on NLA management at the
national level to consider the concerns of their business partners.

He said their sales have dwindled due to the
operations of the banker to banker operators and that some members of the NLMRA
may also join the banker to banker sector if steps are not taken to address
their concerns.

Mr Amoah Kwame, NLMRA member, said they pay 15
per cent commission on the machines they use for operation yet, these machines
had not been serviced and this makes working with them difficult.

Mr Kofi Frimpong, the National Secretary of
NLA, said “the lottery court was inaugurated to stop illegal lottery retails
but the banker to banker was licensed due various reasons including their
lobbying efforts”.

Mr Daniel Mensah, the Chairman of the NLA
board, said any other lottery other than the NLA was illegal per the law.


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