The Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei-Ameyaw has said, the National Lottery Authority (NLA) will soon scrap the tax on the 20 percent commission it charges its operators, and that which winners pay on their lump sum.
This according to him, is part of measures to rope in more people into the lottery sector, most especially the Illegal or Banker-to-Banker ones, by registering and giving them licence, ID cards and providing them with uniforms and kiosks, in order to increase government revenue.
According him, the project, dabbed ‘Sunset Clause’ where government will give them a period of two years, to expand the revenue base after which there would be a thorough review to access and see as to whether or not this project achieves its goal.
He said this on Tuesday July 25, 2017 at an ongoing stakeholder forum to streamline the activities in the sector at the NLA head office in Accra.
“What we are saying is that we sent a proposal to the Ministry of Finance to scrap the taxes on your commissioncommission. For now, we subsidizing in way because, there are some payments you do which affects you. So what we seek to do is ti expand the work base by bringing in more value added services which can draw more commission to what you get, and this will broaden the sector and make it profitable to all.” He said.
The Director continued that, this value addition will in a way increase their commissions from 20% to 25%, and also ensure that, they rope all Banker – to Bankers and increase their commissions to 25% as well.
“We are looking in the vicinity of about 150m to 250m people in the whole country who are supposed to licensed. We have already started licencing a certain number of agents on regional bases and we have given an amnesty period of 6 months, where we are 3 months through.
After this amnesty period and you’re still not registered or licenced, you will be considered as lawless and the law will catch up with you. We are doing this to bring more employment to our people.
In curbing the network problems facing agents, there has been a new technology which would be launched somewhere in November this year. This technology comes with a direct satellite antenna, which will be installed in every kiosk where there will be no interference.
Again, we want to bring about 30 thousand outlets or kiosks to every electoral area for easy access to all the value added services ww are bringing on board, which includes, mobile money services, purchasing call credit and others, to demystify the myth that, many people finds it difficult to walk long distances to access these services.
We are going to modernize the system such that, it will be cash – light, where there will be POS systems by staking, cashing and accessing all kinds of services on you mobile phones right at the kiosk.” Mr. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw assured Ghanaians.