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Imo Assembly okays law to regulate betting, lotteries

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Imo House of Assembly has enacted a law to regulate gaming and betting, including pool, lotteries, casino and related activities in the state.

The chamber also repealed the existing Law No. 44 of 2019, which according to the bill sponsor and Deputy Majority Leader, Emeka Nduka, did not capture some of the important revenue sources in the industry.

During plenary presided over by Speaker Paul Emeziem at a temporary venue in Owerri, the capital, at the weekend, the representative of Ehime-Mbano constituency observed that the bill has the capacity to boost the economic fortune of the state.

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He, therefore, urged his colleagues to give the piece of legislation accelerated hearing and passage. Nduka said: “This bill is important to the government and people of Imo State, as it is geared towards enhancing the revenue generation of the state government.

“This bill, when passed into law, will also create employment opportunities for our people and a better environment for the industry. It would equally regulate, regularise, conduct and manage the industry in line with standard practices.”

In his remarks, Speaker Emeziem reiterated the House’s resolve to back the Governor Hope Uzodimma administration with laws and motions that would enable it deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has adopted the Speaker’s Owerri Lodge as alternative sitting venue pending the call-off of the industrial action embarked by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria PASAN). The legislative complex has been under lock and key since the strike began.

Contributing on the motion moved by Nduka, the Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele), Johnson Duru (Ideato South), Ekene Nnodumele (Orsu) and Eddy Obinna (Aboh Mbaise), noted that the decision for a temporary legislative chamber was in the overall interest of the state.

The lawmakers said it showed their individual and collective determination to continually render their services for the general good of the state without hindrance.

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