Authorities in the country should place a ban on the operation of sports betting centres to prevent minors from engaging in activities that will impact their lives negatively, anthropologist Osofo Tse Kofi Ahadzi, has admonished.
“Is it not possible for government to enact laws to ban betting houses in ghetto communities…? So, ban these betting houses and it will bring some sanity in society,” he advised.
His suggestion comes in the wake of growing concerns over activities of online sports betting companies as schoolchildren, usually minors, have taken to gambling, though the laws of the country proscribe persons below 18 from such activities.
Sports betting, which includes making predictions about football matches in the top leagues of Europe, usually, sees persons placing bets on the outcome of games, which, if successful, results in a win of thousands of cedis.
The trend is catching on with a lot of the youth, who see it as a quick means of making cash.
The researcher at the Afrikania Mission, who was a guest on Class FM’s Executive Breakfast Show, believes policy makers have failed society in clamping down on betting centres, a situation he said could lead to many social vices.
He told host Prince Minkah on Monday July 25 that betting “is an inherited colonial mentality, which needs to be discarded,” as it does not contribute positively to the lives of the youth.
He also called for the implementation of tougher disciplinary measures in schools to deter schoolchildren from being involved in gambling.
However, the Executive Director for Integrated Development and Empowerment Centre, Samuel Agboste, expressed a different view on the ban, indicating that the economic benefit of gambling could not be overlooked.
For him, laws that governed the operation of gambling centres needed to be implemented strictly.
“I do not agree that banning is the solution because it has some economic benefits, which we cannot deny. The law is very clear on the establishment of these centres. What we should do is to prevent the patronage by children and punish those who allow children to engage in those activities,” he stressed.