The Director-General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Lanre Gbajabiamila, has lamented the lack of a central monitoring system for the lottery sector in Nigeria.
The presence of the CMS would ensure all earnings due to the government on lottery were collected with precision.
Also, the introduction of the CMS would ensure leakages in the lottery business in the country.
Speaking during the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Zephaniah Jisalo’s visit to the commission on Tuesday in Abuja, Gbajabiamila said acquiring the system would improve the revenue generation of the commission.
He said, “Sir, we want to utilise this opportunity to highlight some of our significant challenges.
One pressing need is a befitting office facility owned by the Commission. The Commission currently operates from rented buildings, which is a significant financial burden on the Commission.
-Secondly, acquiring a Central Monitoring System is another crucial requirement that would significantly improve our revenue generation for the government.
“Sir, we kindly request that you use your good offices to help us overcome these challenges, and we are hopeful that this will become a reality in your tenure. “
Speaking, the minister, Zephaniah Jisalo said overseeing the commission wasn’t a new thing to him having done that as a lawmaker in the National Assembly.
He, therefore, solicited cooperation from the staff and management to work as a team, to enable him to work towards attaining the eight-point agenda of President Tinubu.
“Let me say here that Mr. President has eight points agenda to include food security, ending poverty, economic growth and job creation, access to capital, improving security, improving the playing field on which people and particularly companies operate, rule of law and fighting corruption.
“And we must key into agenda, it is teamwork and I need your cooperation to execute the mandates, ” he said.
Mrs Ibiene Roberts, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said it played a pivotal role in ensuring the harmonious coordination of government policies/projects, particularly those that required cooperation between different tiers of government and various parastatals.
According to her, the minister’s visit to the commission served a dual purpose – to familiarise with the commission and to foster greater understanding and cooperation with the ministry.