Numerous Lotto Operators have complained about the National Lottery Authority’s (NLA) order requiring them to enforce a 20% fee.
The irate Lotto authors asked how the commission could be cut, particularly during this moment of economic difficulty.
At a stakeholders meeting with the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) and the Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana, they voiced their displeasure (CLAAG).
Sensitization and the method of enforcing the 20% commission to writers as instructed by NLA were on the agenda of the emergency meeting.
Some of the Lotto writers were wearing red and holding placards that said things like, “Leave Banker to Banker alone, 20% of what, we no go gre, chop chop money keke, Sammy Awuku,” and “We don’t want any 20% but 40% instead.”
Some shouted, “We want 40%, we want 40%,” and added, “Nobody should lower their commission if you can’t increase theirs.”
As he read the statement, Mr. Tawiah Duah, the Executive Secretary of the Ghanaian Concerned Lotto Agents Association, stated “ It has become necessary to convene a meeting between Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA), Private Lotto Operators (PLO), Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana (CLAAG) and Lotto Writers because about a week ago, an announcement was made by GLOA and PLO in the media that effective that day (31st October, 2022) commissions paid to lotto writers were reduced form 30% to 2o%.
That meant a whopping 10% reduction in their income levels.
“This announcement was implemented and was met by agitated writers given the already existing hardship in the economy.
“This situation has therefore resulted in several incidence of near altercations between Lotto Writers and their respective Agents.
Along with this, countless outraged writers have demanded ongoing national protests against the decrease until a time when it will be overturned through phone calls, WhatsApp messaging, and SMS messages to our offices and executive officers.
In order to assuage the fears of Lotto Writers, GLOA, PLO, and CLAAG have called this crucial meeting. CLAAG has previously complained in writing to the National Lottery Authority (NLA) about the commission cut.
We intend to look for a peaceful solution to the current issue, of course with GLOA’s active involvement.
However, if the issue is not resolved by Friday, November 11, 2022, CLAAG will once more extend an invitation to its members to meet again and vote on its course of action.
To hear the worries of the lottery agents and writers, the whole membership of the Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) was present.
The Lotto Agents and Operators were given assurances by Noah Afonope, the Chairman of GLOA, that their meeting with NLA would result in positive outcomes.