NLA staff embarks on demonstration to remove Osei Ameyaw

The local union of FBSEU, National Lottery Authority  (NLA) chapter, has asked  President Akufo-Addo not to extend the contract of boss of the authority, Mr Kofi Osei Ameyaw.

According to the NLA staff, the President will incur the wrath of the staff and all Lotto Marketing Companies (LMC) and other partners, if he extends Mr. Osei Ameyaw tenure in office, which ends in February 2021. 

Mr Kofi Osei Ameyaw, embattled NLA boss

The staff embarked on a demonstration at the offices of NLA in Accra this morning to press home their demand.

“This is due to the fact that since the appointment of Mr Ameyaw, revenue generation has sunk to an all- time low and there is no redemption of the same insight. 

NLA staff embarks on demonstration

“This has made default payments which hitherto was never an issue, has now become extremely difficult,” they said.

They added that these default payments include but not limited to, payment of wins as at February 2021, saying that the authority has outstanding wins estimated at GHc10 Million with some dating back as far as May 2020.

The group added that currently, staff at the Tamale branch are under serious attacks for non-payment of wins. 

“What is most embarrassing is that staff’s emoluments (inclusive of COS Payments) which had entrenched timelines are currently not being honored and no concrete reasons are given for such delays. 

“In the same vein the Acting Director of Finance, Mr Ernest Mote is seriously struggling to meet the authority’s financial obligations due to the financial mess the authority currently finds itself,” the staff said.

Mr Osei Ameyaw has brought the authority to its knees as currently, the morale of staffs is at its all time low, as he lacks any clear vision on how to turn the misfortunes of the organization around. 

“His fiasco e-kiosk project is dead and cannot be resurrected. He has surrounded Himself with bodyguards (Soldiers and Police) making it difficult for staff to have access to Him. 

“Currently there is no functioning Human Resource and all Heads of Departments are in acting capacity throughout his tenure; there is no Head for the Legal department, not even an acting Head, all calculated in furtherance of his hidden agenda to run down the authority,” they said.

Mr Ameyaw over the past four years has run down an organization that was at one time the second-largest contributor to the Consolidated Fund to its lowest revenue levels.

For the past four years as Director General of the authority, they said, has only visited 3 out of the 13 Regional offices, this is a clear indication that staff welfare and working conditions are the least of His worries. 

Despite all these shortfalls, the staff added, Mr Ameyaw goes about making unrealistic donations to cot media hype and favour of appointing Authorities. 

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