Director , Regulation and Monitoring , National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC ), Sajo Mohammed (left ); Director General , Lanre Gbajabiamila ; Executive Vice Chairman /CEO , Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC), Prof . Umar Garba Danbatta ; and Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Sunday Dare ; during the signing of a revised memorandum of understanding (MoU) on lottery services by telecommunications firms in Abuja… yesterday .
• NCC , NLRC sign fresh pact for better operations
Ninety million subscribers are to benefit from reviewed lottery services provided by telecommunications operators.
The new regime was birthed by yesterday ’ s signing of a robust memorandum of understanding (MOU ) by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC ) and National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC ).
During the event at the NCC headquarters in Abuja , its Executive Vice Chairman / chief executive, Prof . Umar Danbatta , said the whole idea was to provide the right environment and facilities for the lottery commission to do its job better .
Under the new arrangement , the NCC could withdraw its approval whenever the lottery body revokes the permit of a service provider .
According to the NCC boss, the reworked pact was to accommodate trends in the lottery industry and streamline strategies needed to ensure the smooth implementation of the agreement .
Noting that the current development was a win – win situation for the commission , NLRC , government and consumers, he stated that the agreement is in tune with NCC’ s strategic partnership agenda .
He said : “ Lotteries all over the world are now electronically – driven and there is no better infrastructure that is available in this country than telecommunications.
“As you are aware , bringing any additional service on the infrastructure adds more burden to the networks. Therefore , the commission is concerned that any more work could or may degrade quality of service .
“That is why the commission is making sure that our operators who will be participating in the lottery services have the capacity to do so . ”
Danbatta pointed out that the reviewed MOU clearly spells out the responsibilities of both agencies , stating : “Issues related to access to networks would be sorted out by the NCC while problems involving the process will be handled by the NLRC . ”
The Acting Director General of NLRC , Lanre Gbajabiamila , said the collaboration was to boost operations , integrity and accountability in the lottery industry .
He maintained that due to technological advancement , it was important that the commission entered into pacts with other agencies to regulate practice more efficiently .
‘’ The agency cannot do it all alone . The industry has advanced and it is now technology- driven . That is why the commission has a platform where all the operators are connected to our system so that we can monitor transactions and what is being distributed to actual winners , ’’ he added.