The Association of Lotto Marketing Companies (ALMC) has petitioned President Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Dr. Bawumia, the Ministry of Finance, the Board Chairman and Director-General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) to assist members of the association with a stimulus package.
According to the association, the package will enable them acquire the solar-powered E-kiosk project introduced by the NLA in partnership with the private sector.
The NLA in partnership with the private sector is seeking to modernize the operations and management of the lottery industry through the replacement of the wooden lotto Kiosks and the metal containers with modernized solar-powered E-kiosks.
The wooden lotto kiosks and metal containers are not business friendly, and unable to reduce lottery stigmatization, thereby reducing sales and revenue generation.
The solar-powered E-kiosks are equipped with facilities such as solar panels, V-Sat internet connectivity, money safes, fan, android point of sale terminals (POSTs) etc.
In addition to the sales of lotto, the solar-powered E-kiosks will be used to provide value added services such as Mobile Money Interoperability transactions, banking, remittances and collection of taxes for the Ghana Revenue Authority, payments of electricity and water tariffs.
The E-kiosk project is designed to create over 30,000 new jobs for the youth of this country.
The E-kiosk project is also in consonance with government’s policy of digitalizing the economy.
The leadership of the association has received several petitions from the members over constant harrassment and demolitions of their wooden lotto Kiosks and metal containers by the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies see the current lotto Kiosks and metal containers being used by the members as unsightly, which undermines their beautification efforts in the assemblies.
In most cases the task force of the assemblies are unleashed on the lotto kiosks and metal containers causing massive destruction to these kiosks.
This trend has indeed been negatively affecting NLA’s revenue generation efforts which in the end affect Government’s Revenue.
To this end, the Association of Lotto Marketing Companies has decided to embrace the solar-powered E-kiosks, which the association described as a very laudable initiative by the NLA.
However, it finds the cost of the solar-powered E-kiosks to be beyond its member’s means for which “we think something must be done by government to enable all our members to get on board to ensure that the E-kiosk project becomes fully successful.”
The Solar Panels Component inherent in the project is in line with government’s renewable energy policy.
The point of sale terminals that are currently being used by our members to sell lotto are powered by electricity from the national Grid, whilst the solar-powered E-kiosks will now be powered by renewable energy, precisely solar energy, which is eco-friendly thus, lifting the burden of electricity consumption in our operations off the national Grid in this regard.
In the light of the foregoing, the association is appealing for government support for the provision of a stimulus package as a subsidy to cater for the cost of the solar panel component of the E-kiosks.
This, the association, believes will avoid a situation where the entire burden of the cost involved in the acquisition of the E-kiosks will not fall on its members in quest to fully embrace the programme.
“This petition is in line with the government’s policy of providing stimulus packages to struggling companies who have the potential to achieve the desired growth to support the economy but are facing financial challenges.
“We are fully aware of Government’s financial assistance to the struggling Banks as well as the various Industries that were struggling to survive,” it said.
Due to the relentless efforts of the lotto marketing companies, the NLA has been a self-financing government institution since its establishment, notwithstanding the statutory provision which gives it the mandate to fall on the Consolidated Fund whenever it faces any financial challenges in its operations.
The association is hopeful that government through the Ministry of Finance will grant us a stimulus package for the solar-powered E-kiosks.
The petition was signed and delivered by Mr. Kofi Frimpong, General Secretary for and on behalf of the Association of Lotto Marketing Companies.
The association constitutes the direct sales force and main backbone of the NLA.