THE NATIONAL Lottery Authority (NLA) has unveiled plans to increase its revenue generation by 230% by the year 2017 and also contribute a whopping GHC100 million to the national consolidated fund in the same year.
The Acting Director General of the National Lottery Authority, Brigadier General K.G. Martin Ahiaglo (Rtd) dropped the hint when he met some journalists in Tamale as part of his familiarization tour of the Northern Regional Offices of the NLA to assess their condition of service and also solicit their views on how to transform the authority.
He was accompanied by Ms Bruce Afumwaa, Director of Administration and Human Resource and Lt Col Dzitefe-Mensah (Rtd), General Manager for Security and Special Projects at the NLA.
The Acting Director General disclosed that his major priority was to transform the NLA with the introduction of what he termed “the innovative strategy for growth” where all the stakeholders including the Board of Directors, Management, Staff and customers would intertwine with common goal of ensuring the growth of the NLA and Ghana as a whole.
He disclosed that the NLA had a set goal of contributing at least GHC30 million to the Consolidated Fund in 2015 and to become one of the strong pillars for the economic growth of the nation.
According to Brigadier General Ahiaglo, his administration in consultation with the Board and Management had lined up series of training programmes for the NLA staff across Ghana to make them more effective and efficient in their operations.
He noted that the NLA in the next three years would roll out one new product every year to ensure customer satisfaction.
Retired Brigadier General K.G. Ahiaglo said that the Authority was also set to create two new departments namely; Department of Marketing and the Corporate Communications Unit to rake in more revenues and also solidify their relationship with the customers and the general public.
|Brig. Gen. Rtd. Ahiaglo|
He however complained about the activities of the illegal lotto operators popularly known as “Banker to Banker” whom he said were taking a chunk of the monies that could have been paid into the Consolidated Fund for national development.
Brigadier General K.G. Ahiaglo also commended the media in the Northern Region especially the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) for the strong relationship they had established with the NLA in recent times.
The Northern Regional Chairman of the GJA, Mr. Caesar Abageli on behalf of the journalists in the region commended the NLA for their resolve to work with the media as one of their key partners or stakeholders.
He further commended the Authority for being the lead sponsor of the recent clean up exercise organized by the GJA in Tamale in support of the National Sanitation Day campaign. The Clean up exercise was fully supported and participated by the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, the Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Lemuna, the Member of Parliament for Tamale South, Haruna Iddrisu and the Mayor of Tamale, Abdul-Hanan Gundadow.
Mr. Abageli who is also the Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency appealed to the NLA management to support the construction of the planned Northern Regional Media Centre by the GJA. He assured the NLA of the GJA’s unflinching support in all their operations.