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NLA Reacts To Press Conference By Ghana Lotto Operators Association

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NLA Reacts To Press Release/Conference By Ghana Lotto Operators Association(GLOA)

The resolution of a 30-year-old impasse between Private Lotto Operators and NLA is at the brink of collapse due to reckless and irresponsible conduct of some members of Ghana Lotto Operators Association (GLOA) and its allied group known as Concerned Lotto Agents Association of Ghana (CLAAG).

KGL not taking over of NLA

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) would like to state categorically that, there is no policy for KGL Technology Limited to take over from NLA. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, also confirmed this during his vetting at the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

It is instructive to place on record that NLA is not creating any form of monopoly for KGL Technology Limited. We, therefore, want to urge the media and the general public to totally disregard the frivolous allegations by GLOA.

Background
For the avoidance of doubt, Keed Ghana Limited is not the same as KGL Technology Limited in terms of operations.

Keed Ghana Limited is duly licensed by the NLA to operate a dividend-based game on behalf of NLA known as Lucky 3 with an official short code of *987#.

On the other hand, KGL Technology Limited is an online lotto marketing company duly licensed by the NLA to operate the 5/90 Original Lotto on behalf of the Authority with the official short of *959#.

The allegations by GLOA against KGL Technology Limited, Keed Ghana Limited and Mr. Alex Dadey are all lies, frivolous and baseless.

KGL is fully Legal and recognized by NLA

KGL Technology Limited is fully legal and fully recognized by the NLA as our online lotto marketing company responsible for the operation of *959# on behalf of NLA.

The partnership between NLA and KGL Technology Limited could be best described as a GAME CHANGER, and the partnership is a million times profitable to NLA unlike the licenses issued to members of Ghana Lotto Operators Association including Alpha Lotto Limited.

KGL is NOT Indebted to NLA

For the avoidance of doubt, KGL Technology Limited is NOT indebted to NLA by GHC20 million and therefore, it important for the media and the general public to totally ignore and wholly reject the frivolous, lies and unsubstantiated allegations by GLOA against KGL Technology Limited.

No KGL Cabal
Again out of ignorance, GLOA sought to create misleading information that there is a KGL Cabal with intentions of creating a monopoly over online Lotto for KGL Technology Limited to the disadvantage of the State and other Lotto Operators.

KGL Technology Limited is a wholly-owned Ghanaian company with no political attachments.

KGL Technology Limited has a track record and perfect platform which has been very useful to the revenue mobilization efforts of NLA.

Therefore, the attempts by GLOA to link KGL Technology Limited to Government appointees are quite unfortunate and it needs to be totally ignored by the media and the general public.

Public Deception

There are no hidden intentions, and absolutely no “take-over” schemes to surrender NLA to KGL Technology Limited.

GLOA members are just behaving ignorantly, and perhaps the lawyers of GLOA are advising them wrongly.

KGL Technology Limited is only an online Lotto marketing company duly licensed by NLA and operates on behalf of NLA aimed at supporting the revenue generational capacity of the Authority and nothing more or less.

Attacks on Private Lotto Operators

The NLA stands by every statement that has been issued by the Public Relations Unit against the illegal activities of Alpha Lotto Limited.

Alpha Lotto Limited illegally was operating a Short Code as well as illegally conducting live Draws on GTV.

The National Lottery Authority(NLA) has every power to curtail the illegal short code, and illegal Live Draws of Alpha Lotto Limited.

Revocation of License

The National Lottery Authority(NLA) would not hesitate to revoke the licenses of Private Lotto Operators which are not operating within the terms and conditions of their respective licenses.

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) as the regulator would also not allow any private lotto operator to operate short code without the appropriate license from the Board of NLA.

The National Lottery Authority(NLA) as the regulator would not allow any private lotto company to conduct independent live draws on TV without a Draw Committee duly constituted by NLA in accordance with the National Lotto Act 722 and Lottery Regulations, 2008(L.I. 1948).

Granting of Licenses to Private Lotto Operators

The NLA would like to state categorically that, the licenses issued by Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, the former Director-General to all Private Lotto Operators were WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL.

Therefore, in accordance with the National Lotto Act 722 and Lottery Regulations 2008(L.I.1948), the licenses issued by the former Director-General, Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw to the Private Lotto Operators are NOT GROUNDED IN LAW because it is ONLY the BOARD of NLA that has the powers and authority to grant licenses to companies or individuals who want to operate Lotto in Ghana.

NPP Government Must Act

President Akufo-Addo is fully committed to protecting the National Lottery Authority(NLA) from collapsing.

And setting the records straight once again, KGL Technology Limited is not indebted to NLA by GHC20 million.

The only recalcitrant group here is the members of GLOA/CLAAG, and the NLA would like to caution members of GLOA that they cannot fight NLA, the regulator through the media or Court and become successful.

NLA shall never allow the illegal activities of some GLOA and CLAAG members to collapse NLA.

Status of KGL Technology Limited and Keed Ghana Limited Licenses

KGL Technology Limited and Keed Ghana Limited have their respective licenses DULY APPROVED by the BOARD of NLA in accordance with the National Lotto Act 722 and Lottery Regulations, 2008(L. I. 1948).

Status of Members of GLOA and CLAAG Licenses

All the licenses for members of GLOA/CLAAG signed by the former Director-General, Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw were WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL.

Allegations Against Presidency, Appointees, Alex Dadey, Razak Kojo Opoku and Ernest Mote are all Lies

All the allegations by GLOA, CLAAG and their “ALLIES” against the Presidency, Government Appointees, Alex Dadey, Razak Kojo Opoku and Ernest Mote are all frivolous, lies and baseless. We are therefore urging the media and general public to totally and wholly disregard those amateurish allegations and treat them with a pinch of salt.

KGL Technology Limited has Come to Stay

So far so good, the NLA is very happy with the KGL Partnership and absolutely no media noise from GLOA, CLAAG and their “ALLIES” would stop the partnership between NLA and KGL Technology Limited because the partnership is a GAME CHANGER and more profitable to NLA.

Issued by: Public Relations Unit of NLA

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Take Advantage Of Ghana’s Business-Friendly Climate  – President Akufo-Addo To Norwegian Business Community 

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Take Advantage Of Ghana’s Business-Friendly Climate  – President Akufo-Addo To Norwegian Business Community

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the business community from Norway to take advantage of the business-friendly climate currently existing in Ghana, and invest in the country.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “We will continue to create and maintain the conducive investment environment that not only guarantees the safety of investments, but good returns as well. We will continue to protect legitimate investments, and preserve the atmosphere of peace, stability and security that has been an important contributor to the increasing presence of Norwegian businesses in Ghana.”

Speaking at the Ghana-Norway Business Forum, held on Friday, 26th November 2021, at the Kempinski Hotel, the President stated his government has, over the last four (4) years, done a lot of work in correcting the fundamentals of the economy which were all pointing in the wrong direction when he took office in 2017.

“We have, over the period, put in place measures needed to reduce the cost of doing business, improve the business environment, and made the Ghanaian economy not only one of the most business-friendly economies in Africa, but also one of the fastest growing economies in the world between 2017 and 2020, averaging annual GDP growth rates of 7% for those years, up from the 3.4% GDP growth rate we inherited from the previous government in 2016,” he said.

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on economies the world over, President Akufo-Addo reassured that Government is “working to grow the economy at a much faster rate this year, which will enhance the prospects of a win-win environment for both private sector and country; an environment where companies do not just survive, but actually thrive.”

The major programme driving the revival and revitalization of the Ghanaian economy, he said, is the one hundred-billion-cedi (GH¢100 billion) Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme, whose main elements include supporting commercial farming and attracting educated youth into commercial farming; building the country’s light manufacturing sector; developing engineering/machine tools and ICT/digital economy industries; amongst others.

“It continues to be an exciting time to be in Ghana, and to do business in the country. Already, global car manufacturing giants, Toyota and Nissan of Japan, Sinotruk of China, have established assembly plants in the country, as first steps towards the production of vehicles in Ghana,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “Twitter is establishing its African Headquarters in Ghana, and Google’s first African Artificial Intelligence Centre is located in Ghana. We are privileged to play host to the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which represents, currently, a market of some 1.2 billion people, spread over fifty-four (54) countries, with a combined GDP of $3 trillion. Trading in the emerging single market began on 1st January this year”.

With Ghana witnessing a significant rise in interest from Norwegian investors, in several sectors of the economy, including agriculture, building and construction, general trading, manufacturing, oil and gas, and tourism, President Akufo-Addo commended some of his government’s flagship policies to them.

“Government is also embarking on an aggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both our road and railway infrastructure. We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours,” he said.

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KGL Group Fully Committed to Delivering Value in Excess of GHc100Milllion Per Annum to the National Economy and Government

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KGL Group Fully Committed to Delivering Value in Excess of GHc100Milllion Per Annum to the National Economy and Government

The successful operations of KGL Group and its subsidiary companies, KGL Technology Limited, KEED and KGL Foundation, are set to contribute significantly to the national economy and Government of Ghana at an expected cumulative value in excess of 100 million Ghana Cedis per annum.

KGL Group has contributed significantly to revenue growth and capacity development across its operations in the lottery industry, collaborations with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ghana Football Association and social intervention programs under its CSR wing, the KGL Foundation.

The Group is set to continue its value creation drive across its ecosystem of strategic partners and envisages a total value of 100million Ghana Cedis per annum to be committed.

The key levers to guide the allocation of funds by KGL Group in concert with strategic partners and to the national economy are as follows:

1. Growth in the contribution of Corporate Taxes and other taxes to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Government of Ghana.

2. Value within the lottery industry from:

a. Digital lotto marketer licensing and operational fees to the National Lottery Authority (NLA) in accordance with the ongoing review of license and operational terms and conditions for KGL Technology Limited.

b. Payments to the Stabilization Fund that seeks to provide support to revenue shortfalls of the Lotto Marketing Companies as a result of the digitalization policy of NLA-KGL Technology Limited.

c. Seed capital to set up a Pension Scheme for the Lotto Marketing Companies which is currently non-existent.

3. Undertaking of Corporate Social Responsibility activities in the areas of Education, Healthcare Delivery, Sports Development, Culture, and Tourism.

4. Growing investments in the media ecosystem and the entire value chain of marketing and advertising.

In the case of the lottery industry, this announcement is singularly one of the most profitable agreements the National Lottery Authority (NLA) has brokered considering zero investment made by the Authority towards infrastructure set up and operations of KGL Technology encompassing setting up the entire architecture to run digital lottery operations on the *959# Short Code and 5/90 mobile App under consumer brand name 590Mobile by KGL’s KEED subsidiary.

To put this in context, NLA would need to generate over GHc450 million volume of gross sales at Point-of-Sale Terminals per annum for the Authority to be able to accumulate a net profit of GHc50 million which will now be delivered at no cost by KGL Technology to the Authority pursuant to reviewed agreement.

This makes the current terms of the agreement between KGL Technology Limited and the National Lottery Authority (NLA) under review by the current Board definitely a game-changer for the revenue mobilization efforts of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Lotto Marketing Companies, and the Government of Ghana as a whole.

KGL Technology Limited since its inception has contributed significantly to the fortunes of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and the national economy.

In the area of sports development, the KGL Group has also partnered with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ghana Football Association, and the Senior National Team, the Black Stars ahead of the AFCON and 2022 World Cup Campaigns. Besides this collaborative project, KGL Group recently also committed significant financial resources to the Ghana Football Association for the development of Juvenile Football for a strategic period of 5 years.

KGL Group through its KGL Foundation has equally supported several Charity Organizations, Cultural and social-economic activities across the Country.

KGL Technology Limited has at all material times honored its tax obligations to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Government of Ghana and as a responsible corporate citizen, KGL Technology Limited reiterates its full commitment to the revenue mobilization efforts of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and Government of Ghana, thereby contributing significantly to the Nation’s development agenda.

Issued by: Management of KGL Group

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District 

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CODA Hands Over Two Projects At Breman Essiam in Ajumako Enyan Essiam District

The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has handed over a Lorry Park and a modern Community Library to the chiefs and people of Breman Essiam in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District.

Community Library at Breman Essiam

Community Library at Breman Essiam

The ceremony was graced by traditional leaders led by the paramount Queen mother of Breman Essiam, Nana Efua Esiwa II, the DCE of Ajumako Enyan Essiam, Hon. Ransford Kwesi Nyarko and the DCD, Mr. Abdul Mohammed K. Also in attendance was the Assembly Member of the area, Hon. Ibrahim Issakah, Staff of the AEEDA, Representatives of GPRTU and the general public.

The DCE recounted the deplorable state of the Lorry Park and the Library in the past and commended the efforts made by the Omanhene of the Breman Essiam Traditional Area, Odefour Afankwa III in getting these projects.
Hon. Ransford Nyarko, stated that the projects are a dream come true for the community and the District at large.

The CEO of CODA Jerry Ahmed Shaib ESQ expressed the delight of CODA for the achievement. He was glad that the projects were not imposed by the Authority but rather ones that met the needs and aspirations of the people based on proper consultation with all stakeholders.

He again revealed that the projects being handed over and many others ongoing in the District run under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP). He commended President Akufo-Addo for fulfilling his “one million dollars per constituency” promise to the people of Ghana especially, rural folks. The CODA boss also took the opportunity to outline other projects which were being executed within District.

The gathering was assured of ongoing collaborations with institutions like the Ghana Library Authority to stock the Library as well as GIFEC to provide ICT equipment for the E-Learning wing of the Library.

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