The National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has justified its seal off order on Nigeria Breweries PLC, saying the company contravened the laws guiding its operations.
The commission in a statement signed by its Head Public Affairs Magnus Ekechukwu made available to Journalists noted that it acted within the confines of its mandate.
He said, “In a bid to discharge its mandate as empowered by the National Lottery Act, 2005 (as amended) and the National Lottery Regulation, 2007, the Director General National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila has said that the Commission would continue the clamp down on all illegal lottery operators anywhere they be found within the shores of Nigeria.
‘’This assertion comes on the heel of the unwarranted attack on the person of the Director General National Lottery Regulatory Commission, by the Director General, Nigeria Employees Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, following recent enforcement exercise against Nigerian Breweries PLC for violating the National Lottery Act, 2005.
He added that the commission will not be distracted in its bid to rid the country of all illegal lottery and promotional activities whether in the manufacturing, financial, telecommunication or any other sector.
‘’The action of the Commission in closing down illegal lottery operations should not be misconstrued, because lottery activities are governed by law; and anybody or organisation that violates that law would be made to face the consequences of such violations.
” We will not join issues with NECA DG prefers to hide under the guise of NECA to unleash economic sabotage on the Federal Government, instead of encouraging its members to comply with the law.
“The interest of the Lottery Commission is to ensure that organisations who wish to carry out lottery operations comply with the provisions of the Lottery Act and not carry out such lotteries without due regards to the law.
“Nigerian Breweries conducted promotional lotteries valued at about1.3 billion Naira and had failed to regularise such promo lotteries as required by law, thereby denying the Federal Government of over 326 million Naira revenue; and continue to rebuff attempts by the Commission to get them to comply,” he said.