The Federal Government has said all machinery has been put in motion to repeal the National Lottery Act (NLA), 2005.
It said after the repealing of the act, it would be replaced by National Gaming Act (NGA), 2021.
The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume disclosed this in Gombe yesterday, during the virtual commissioning and hand over of vital medical equipment to the state’s Special Hospital and Federal Teaching Hospital.
Ultrasound scanners, digital x-ray machines, oxygen concentrators, theatre beds, and personal protective equipment have all been provided (PPE).
The national gaming act, according to Akume, will suit the country’s expanding dynamism in the lottery market.
To avoid being sanctioned, he urged all persons and organizations licensed to do national business to be prepared to meet their statutory obligations.
“Government is dedicated to ensuring that returns from other non-oil sources of revenue are maximized,” he added. One of these alternative revenue sources is the lottery, which this government is determined to make more productive and sustainable.
“As the sector matures, we anticipate that lottery will be incorporated into national strategic plans.”
Dr. Bello Maigari, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Lottery Trust Fund, said the Federal Government’s decision to establish the National Lottery Trust Fund is “indicative of a government that recognizes the importance of lottery as a vehicle in enhancing the social well-being of its citizenry through investment in its various lottery good cause intervention projects that are crowed across the country.”
Maigari, who was represented at the event by the NLTF’s head of operation, Abubakar Nakwada, stated that the goal of the intervention is to provide “vital medical equipment to under-served communities in the hope that government will make all the difference in saving lives and reversing deteriorating health conditions by leveraging the use of Hi-Tech diagnostic equipment to provide high standards of care.”
Dr. Yusuf Abdullahi, Chief Medical Director of Federal Teaching Hospital, said the donation has enhanced the way they handle patients.
Over 100,000 patients, he claimed, have benefited from the many pieces of important equipment that have been donated.
The hospital’s Chief Medical Director requested alternate power from the Federal Government, claiming that power costs the hospital about 113 million naira per month.
“I will like to sincerely appreciate Minister of Special Duties and Inter Government Affairs, and National Lottery Trust Fund. It has improved the way and manner we have been managing our patients,” Abdullahi said.