Lottery can become Nigeria’s cash cow, says Akume
Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume, has described the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) as an agency capable of providing the highest revenue for the country after the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Akume made the remark during his maiden official visit to the corporate headquarters of the Commission in Abuja on Thursday evening.
He said he was encouraged by reports he heard about NLRC and would do everything within his power to support its lofty ideas.
“Whether we operate as a ministry or a parastatal, the basic role of government remains the same. Whatever we do as a country or as a nation has to do with the allocation and application of resources, and that’s where your commission comes in to play a pivotal role.
“I’m not an expert in this field, but I am informed and inclined to believe that if what you are doing is properly managed, this commission has the capacity to contribute meaningfully to the uplift of our people.
“If this commission is properly organised, I strongly believe that there’s no way you can’t rake billions of naira into the coffers of this government. You and experts have told me that the possibilities here are huge,” Akume said.
He challenged the lottery commission to do more in increasing its revenue.
“The establishment of a national game and recovering of massive revenues lost are crucial, but I believe they are workable. I will support this fully. There is also the amendment of the Act; no law is perfect. There’s a procedure you have to go and the earlier you make a draft to me for necessary action, the better.
“There’s the issue of your permanent site. You can’t continue to operate from a temporary site because you will discover that you are spending more. I also fully support this. The issues of conflict should not stop you from operating, as my office also deals with inter-agency relations,” Akume said.
Earlier, the DG of NLRC, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, had listed some of the milestones record by the commission.
During the visit, the minister also had a session with the staff of the commission where he assured them that government had their welfare at heart, and that they should reciprocate through commitment and hard work.
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