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KGL Technology Limited’s Contract Will Boost NLA Financially – National Lottery Authority

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The management of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) wants to place on record that KGL Technology Limited does not have 11 years contract with the Authority as published by The Finder newspaper on 16th April 2021.

In our estimation, the publication only presents manufactured lies, outright fabrications and it does not represent the true account of the contract between NLA and KGL Technology Limited.

Again, it is never true that the gross revenue sharing between NLA and KGL is 25% and 75% respectively. As a matter of fact, nothing of such agreement exists between NLA and KGL Technology Limited.

The Finder newspaper fails to consider the cost of operating the online system, payment of winning tickets as well as commitment to the Government and payment of fees to the Telecommunication Companies such as MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo.

We would like to urge the Editor of Finder newspaper, to seek credible information from NLA else he would continue to mislead the general public on the activities of NLA and KGL Technology Limited.

Although such publications had been done consistently by The Finder newspaper, at this point the NLA management is declining to believe that the newspaper is nurturing a mischievous agenda against NLA and KGL.

The Editor of Finder newspaper doesn’t also recognise that 5% of KGL’s revenue will have to be spent on CSR. NLA is also aware that KGL is in talks with the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Awal Mohammed who also happens to be the owner of the Finder newspaper, to sign a 10million Cedis Sponsorship of Tourism and Traditional Sites.
The NLA is also aware of talks between KGL and the Minister of Sports for the sponsorship of Black Stars Afcon 2022 and also other sporting events.

Setting the records straight, the strategic partnership between KGL Technology Limited and NLA is a game-changer to the revenue mobilization efforts of NLA.

The contract of KGL can NEVER and would NEVER cripple the NLA financially as was reported by The Finder newspaper.

The financial challenges that were encountered by NLA were largely due to the following:
1. illegal live lotto draws of Alpha Lotto Limited on GTV.
2. illegal operations of 5/90 Short Code by Alpha Lotto Limited.
3. illegal high commission of 30-40% paid by Private Lotto Operators as against the 20% standard commission for the lottery industry.
3. Shortage of Thermal Paper Rolls for the accredited Lotto Marketing Companies of NLA.

For the purpose of clarity, KGL Technology Limited and all other companies licensed by the NLA DO NOT conduct their own independent parallel Lotto Draws, especially on Television except Alpha Lotto Limited which is conducting illegal live Lotto Draws on GTV, and NLA is taking the necessary measures to deal with such illegal Lotto Draws.

The NLA online Lotto Marketing Company, KGL Technology Limited and all licensed companies of NLA except Alpha Lotto Limited depend on the Lotto Draws of the Authority in accordance with Act 722, Act 844 and L. I. 1948 to pay their respective wins.

The main purpose and existence of NLA is all about Lotto Draws and NLA can never surrender such functions to Alpha Lotto Limited or any other Private Lotto Operator/Agent or collaborator.

The National Lottery Authority and KGL Technology Limited partnership is anchored on the digitalization programme of the Government of Ghana.
We believe there is nothing that can change such a laudable project of the Government aimed at boosting the revenue of the National Lottery Authority.

Before the operation of *959# by KGL Technology Limited, the NLA was having an online platform and short code *890# that was managed by a private company known as TekStart Africa Limited allegedly associated with the former Director-General Hon. Kofi Osei-Ameyaw.
An amount of 13millon dollars was invested in the *890# Short Code but sadly the platform was unavailable to yield profit to NLA, not even a penny. At the appropriate time, investigations shall be conducted into the operations of TekStart Africa Limited and other similar companies.
Currently, the NLA has officially shut down the *890# Short Code due to the unprofitable nature of the *890# platform.

The *959# has proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be a very robust platform capable of helping the NLA to achieve its core mandate of revenue generation through indirect taxes.

Moving forward, the NLA is putting measures in place to also protect and safeguard the business and investment of our over 10,000 Lotto Marketing Companies, through whose efforts the Authority has been generating revenue for the Government.

It is important to state that the National Lottery Authority heavily depends on Private Companies to raise revenue for the Government. All the Lotto Marketing Companies who sell lotto products on behalf of NLA are Private Companies.
The Technical Service Providers such as Lots Services Ghana Limited, Simnet Ghana Limited and TekStart Africa Limited are Private Companies except Simnet which is co-owned by SSNIT.

The Government through the Ministry of Finance has taken pragmatic steps to fully restructure the National Lottery Authority.

Issued by: Public Relations Unit of NLA

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Adansi Hene allegedly destroying his own lands with galamsey – ghanapublisher.com

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The Adansi Hene, Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II have been accused of involvement in illegal mining at Adansi Hweremoase a community in the Adansi Asokwa District of the Ashanti Region.

The illegal Mining Galamsey menace has become a top challenge to the government as all measures to curb the infamous destroying of water bodies, natural resources and lands has been fruitless.

Ghanaians have witnessed the formation of “Operation Vanguard” with 400 security men which was made up of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Police Service by President Akufo Addo, and also Galamstop initiated by the former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Frimpong-Boateng, all in 2017.

None of these teams were able to succeed the fight us expected by Ghanaians.

The current state of illegal Mining in the country is very disgusting and terrible which has led to the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Hon. Abu Jinapor to halt even those doing prospecting legally.

Government has again embarked on the fight by burning any galamsey equipment including excavators which would be found on any galamsey site.

A video intercepted by www.ghanapublisher.com explains how the Adansi Hene is allegedly involved in the illegal mining going on at Adansi Hweremoase, a community under his command.

in the video, the narrator is heard to have said that, the Adansi Hene with his nephew and some opinion leaders of the town have joined to do illegal mining (Galamsey) which has destroy their lands and natural resources.

According to the narrator, It is the Adansi Hene who brought the excavators to the site to mine gold illegally.

The narrator added that, the Twafohene of Fomena is also part of the illegal mining going on in the area. The narrator who mentioned his name as Wofa K or Kwabena obeng, a native of Hweremoase said that, he consulted the assembly member of the area to confirm if he is aware of the happenings on the land but he said he has no idea of who is even mining there.

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#FixTheCountry campaign: Over 330,000 Ghanaians descends on Prez. Akuffo Addo – ghanapublisher.com

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Almost all the celebrities in Ghana are unhappy with the current economic state of the country (Ghana), not only them, some Ghanaians are unhappy and venting their spleens over what they describe as disappointment on the part of the current government to improve the lives of the citizens

Mostly made up of the youth, tens of thousands of posts have been made on social media highlighting some of these inadequacies.

Despite efforts by government including the Nation Builders’ Corp (NABCO), National Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) and other commitments towards investing in the growing human capital, some Twitter users say the impact is not felt on the ground.

Dominant in the sentiments shared on Twitter are rising youth unemployment, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.

#FixTheCountry campaign is currently having over 330,000 tweets plus over 37,000 petition signed against that.

“This is the right time for us to stand up and come together as one people to speak and let them [government] know that we are tired,” Joshua Boye-Doe, a social media user and initiator of the #FixTheCountry campaign said.

Below are the tweets from some Ghanaian celebrates and the ordinary as well.

 

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Fake currency gang busted by National Security -ghanapublisher.com

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The National Security has busted a-13-member gang involved in the printing and distribution of fake currency notes to unsuspecting victims, mostly foreign nationals.

A statement issued by the National Security Secretariat, copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the gang, led by one Yassei Alia, a 45-year-old Syrian resident in East Legon, and owner of Hardford Auto Service in Accra, together with Danjuma Zakaria, alias Alhaji Mohammed, 49 and resident of Tema West, were rounded up in a warehouse within the premises of NacCharter Cargo and Freight Company, near KLM offices within the Kotoka International Airport, on Monday, April, 27 at around 5:30 pm.

Freshly printed $10,000 bundles of fake $100 notes concealed in two large metal trunks and a suitcase were retrieved from the warehouse.

The statement said the amount was estimated to be over five million United States dollars.

Other suspected accomplices arrested during the operation include Esther Omozeea, Emad Aldalhi, Kamal Mohammed, Abdulai Yakubu Osman and Samuel Ababio.

The remaining are John Denyo, Desmond Delali Dumenu, Alike Happiness, Prosper Chukwu, Victor Israel, Padi Christian Holdbrook.

It said in their caution statements, Yassei and Mohammed, who drove to the warehouse in the former’s car, denied knowledge of the deal.

It noted that however, when questioned separately, Yassei, who held a Syrian passport, a Republic of Guinea-Bissau diplomatic passport, and a Nigerian national driver’s licence issued in Ogun State, indicated that he had gone to the warehouse to have a discussion with one Kojo, an alleged cargo dealer and operator of the premises, regarding a V8 engine the latter was to import on his behalf, while Alhaji Mohammed stated that he had gone to solicit for financial help from Kojo to enable him procure a vehicle from Holland.

The statement said further, while Yassei claimed Kojo sat in a meeting with them on the said day, Alhaji Mohammed indicated that Kojo was not at the premises at the time of their visit and that while waiting for him, they were arrested.

It said incidentally, two of the suspects interrogated separately corroborated Mohammed’s claim that Kojo was not seen at the premises on the said day.

“The group’s modus operandi, according to intelligence, suggest that they lure unsuspecting victims with claims that they have access to millions of US dollars in Libya,” the statement said.

“Victims are given genuine sums of US dollars to spend for free, as a proof of the genuineness of the deal.”

It noted that once convinced, victims were requested to deposit huge sums of USD dollars as freight charges to aid the shipment of the said dollars to the victims.

It said upon receipt of amount, the suspects package fake dollars stashed in between a few hundreds of genuine notes, for onward delivery to their victims.

It said shortly after the arrest, one Bandoh, Alhaji-Ahmed, alias Alhaji Bamed, owner of Bamed Travel and Tours, who claims to be a Presidential Staffer at the Castle, and a client of Yassie, drove to the National Security headquarters, verbally assaulted the leader of the operation, and vowed to free the suspects.

It said the aggressive conduct of Alhaji Bamed, suggested that he might be involved in the deal, particularly when investigations are ongoing.

It said officials of National Security had assured Ghanaians that the Government was determined to rid the country of fake currency syndicates and warned that persons involved in the illegality would be arrested and dealt with accordingly.

The National Security has therefore urged the public to report suspicious activities of persons to security agencies to aid their arrest and prosecution.

Meanwhile, investigations continue.

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