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Enugu State Gaming agency steps up regulation on signage, Good-Cause Fee

The Enugu State Gaming Commission (ESGC) established to govern the activities of the gaming, betting, lotto and pool sector in the state on Monday, March 18, 2019, flagged off full implementation of the rules on identification and operations in the sector in all the local governments of the state.
In a statement issued in Enugu and made available to Business Hilights South East Bureau chief, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Francis Nwankwo, reiterated the commitment of the Commission in ensuring that all laid down rules of the agency is carried out to the letter. According to him, “On the orders of the Governor of Enugu State, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in pursuant to the Gaming and Lotto laws of Enugu State, it is now mandatory that all Gaming (Lotto, Sports Betting, Raffle and Pool staking) outlets in the state must adhere to all the rules and regulations of the laws guiding the commission”.
Some of the terms and conditions are as follows:
(1) All Gaming merchant locations MUST be identified with an ESGC approval outdoor signage bearing their allocated Serial Identification Number and must be displayed within the proximity of the said shop. This signage MUST be obtained from the offices of ESGC, and it is at the cost of N12,500.00 (twelve thousand five naira only)
(2) All Gaming outlets MUST NOT be located within visible distance from ANY primary or secondary school in the State.
(3) All mandatory Good-Cause fees as stipulated in the Enugu State Gaming Laws MUST be settled within the period.
(4) All gaming outlets MUST NOT entertain anyone below the age of 18yrs.
Continuing, Nwankwo explained that “This enforcement exercise, which will take off simultaneously in all 17 local government areas of the state, was earlier scheduled to commence on the 28th of February, but postponed as a result of the elections”.
“We had earlier informed all gaming outfits operating in Enugu State, to regularize their operations since November 2018, and followed it up with massive publicity on radio and other media. “We are embarking on this enforcement drive to show that we have the capacity to enforce the gaming regulations in the state” he said.
The Commission, which currently uses state-of-the-art technology platform from CWG Plc to power its operations, also reiterated the fact that failure to adhere to any or all of the above-mentioned regulations will be met with outright sealing of the said offending outlet or total ban of the brand in Enugu State.