Gaming and lotteries just got a fresh new dimension with the signing of the reviewed memorandum of understanding between the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).

The signing of the MoU at the NCC corporate headquarters in Abuja would see the telecoms regulatory body regulating the participation of telecom operators in hosting lottery activities while the lottery regulatory body is expected to deal with issues that relate to lottery services.

Recall that the duo had an existing MoU signed in February 2011, but the MoU was reviewed to accommodate trends in the industry and streamline the strategies needed to ensure the implementation of the MoU.

Speaking during the ceremony, the executive vice chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the MoU provided the clear role of both agencies in terms of gaming and lottery in Nigeria, saying the commission has the clear-cut role of regulating access to qualitative and efficient telecommunications network service while the lottery commission will squarely deal with issues that relate to lottery and gaming processes.

The NCC boss noted that the major feature of the MoU reviewed by the joint technical committee was the withdrawal of NCC’s approval on the occasion that the NLRC withdraws its permit from service providers for lottery, saying the commission could only give its approval when they have a permit from the lottery commission.

In his response, the acting director-general of NLRC, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, said the collaboration between the two commissions was to improve processing, integrity and transparency in lottery and gaming process.

“Everything is now technology-driven, there is no how the commission can do it alone. The commission has a platform where all the operators are connected to our system whereby we are able to actually see the transactions and what is being discharged to the actual winners. We also have a process where they give us monthly report of who won and how much was paid and retained, it is a working process and with this collaboration with NCC I think the commission will be a better place to regulate better gaming and lottery services,” he added.