Reps committees threaten to scrap National Lottery Commission over non-performance

The House of Representatives committee on Inter-Governmental Affairs has threatened to scrap the National Lottery Regulatory Commission of Nigeria (NLRCN) over non-performance. Chairman of the committee, Mr. Hussein Suleiman Kangiwa (APC, Yobe) came down hard on the Commission when its officials led by Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, its Director General, engaged the committee on the 2019 budget defence session at the national assembly on Wednesday. The chairman said he could not comprehend the rational why NLRCN that was appropriated the sum of N2 billion in the 2018 budget was struggling to generate a paltry N1.9 billion in the period under review. He said: “You are not doing what the commission ought to be doing whose main purpose is to police lottery operators in the country. When there is a change we expect the change to be positive and progressive. We have not seen none. No achievement, nothing. The general performance is very low. We have to protect the interest of Nigerians and Nigerian money. We expect profit yet government is spending huge money. Like my deputy proposed, this agency need to be scrapped.” Kangiwa who was apparently disappointed with the accounts rendered by Gbajabiamila directed him to tender documents detailing capital expenditure incurred by his outfit in the 2018 financial year. Responding, the director general disclosed that his outfit generated the sum of N1.9 billion out of the N4 billion revenue projection for the 2018 financial year adding that the proceeds had been remitted to the lottery trust fund in line with the dictates of the law.

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