The Association of Lotto Marketing Companies (ALMC), has angrily reacted to a petition against the National Lottery Authority (NLA) after the regulator, reportedly issued a lottery licence to a KGL TECHNOLOGY LIMITED to enable it "operate Digital/Online Lottery Products".
It, follows an earlier petition by a group by name Concerned Lotto Marketing Companies (CLMC) to the Jubilee House, against NLA, after the regulator granted permission to KGL TECHNOLOGY LTD to operate as a marketing company.
The petition addressed to President Akufo-Addo, said "the issuance of the lottery operating licence to KGL is illegal and a clear and unambiguous violation of the statutory prohibition against private lotto operations contained in section 4(1) of the National Lotto Act, 2206 (Act 722) which gives the NLA an exclusive statutory monopoly over the operation of any form of lottery in Ghana".
The petition seen by The Herald, disclosed that "On 22nd July, 2009, the Supreme Court of Ghana in the case of Republic v High Court (Fast Track Division) Accra; Ex parte National Lottery Authority (Ghana Lotto Operators Association & Others-Interested Parties) upheld the statutory provisions of Act 722, which banned private lotto operators like KGL from operating any form of lottery in Ghana, whether digital and online or otherwise".
It said "under Act 722, LMCs and their sub-agents have an exclusive statutory monopoly over the retailing of the NLA's lottery products to the public and in furtherance of the LMC's statutory monopoly the Act 722 expressly forbids the NLA from retailing lottery products to lotto stakers".
But days after the issuance of the earlier petition to the Flagstaff House, ALMCwhich is the umbrella body for all lotto marketing companies in a rejoinder signed by its General Secretary Kofi Frimpong, has disassociated itself from the group and out rightly disowned them.
According to the Association, it is unaware of the existence of the said concerned group, claiming they are not part of the Lotto Marketing Companies.
The Association of Lotto Marketing Companies, said though KGL TECHNOLOGY LIMITED, has been granted permission to operate Digital/Online Lottery Products as a lotto marketing company by the Board of NLA, under the lotto Act, Act 722 to sell the 5/90 game by online via the smart phones, the leadership of the Association, is now engaging the Board and Management on the way forward.
The umbrella body, said it was now discussing with the Board and the management of NLA on measures to adopt to mitigate the effect of the operations of KGL Technology Limited, as they work for commission.
It, therefore said, it is appalled at the "rigid confrontational stance" by the concerned lotto marketing companies over the issue which rather demands dialogue.
"This the Board and Management have reciprocated and as a result negotiations have started and it is after the negotiations before we shall know the way forward.
To this end, we condemn the behavior of the CONCERNED group which smack of rigid confrontational stance in a matter that calls for dialogue to ensure that there is a win, win situation so far as the issue is concerned".
Below is the rejoinder copied to The Herald
Accredited Lotto Marketing Companies Support NLA's License to KGL; Calls for Win-Win Situation
The Association of Lotto Marketing Companies(ALMC) wish to comment on a publication in the Monday, August 24th 2020 edition of the HERALD NEWSPAPER of a petition sent to the JUBILEE HOUSE by a group of persons calling themselves "CONCERNED LOTTO MARKETING COMPANIES" complaining about the online operations of KGL TECHNOLOGY LTD as a marketing company.
First and foremost the said group is not part of the ALMC, which is the umbrella body of all the Lotto Marketing Companies in Ghana, which constitute the accredited sales force of the National Lottery Authority.
KGL TECHNOLOGY LIMITED has been granted license as a Lotto Marketing Company by the Board of the NLA under the lotto Act, Act 722 to sell the 5/90 game by online via the smart phones.
With this new development, the leadership of the Association decided to engage the Board and Management of the NLA to discuss measures to be adopted to mitigate the effect the operations of KGL Technology Limited will have on our operations since we work for commission.
This the Board and Management have reciprocated and as a result negotiations have started and it is after the negotiations before we shall know the way forward.
To this end, we condemn the behavior of the CONCERNED group which smack of rigid confrontational stance in a matter that calls for dialogue to ensure that there is a win, win situation so far as the issue is concerned.
Association of Lotto Marketing Companies