At least 18 lottery operators have caught the ire of the Nigerian congress for failing to meet their financial obligations to the government.
Nigeria lawmaker threatens to revoke license of 18 lottery operatorsThe Daily Post reported that a frustrated Rep. Suleiman Hussaini Kangiwa, chair of the House committee on governmental affairs, is already done waiting for these lottery operators to pay their tax duties and government fees that he has given them a stern warning that their licenses will be revoked.
Kangiwa also threatened to issue arrest warrants against the erring lottery operators during a meeting with them and the management of the Nigeria Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC).
“We’re very much aware of the 21 licensed operators in Nigeria, but only two or three remitting something to the government. It’s very unfortunate,” Kangiwa said. “Nigerians and this committee are disappointed in you, because after getting license and money, you don’t give the government anything.”
Lanre Gbajabiamila, acting Director General of the NLRC, told the panel that the agency had constantly been reminding the licensees of their duties. Gbajabiamila said he even met with operators to know the reasons why they were behind their tax payments since he assumed the post.
Operators, meanwhile, complained that multiple taxation between the federal and states governments and low revenues continue to burden to them.
Meanwhile, the Committee has asked all operators to provide them with the following: approved licenses; evidence of all fees paid to the commission from 2000-2017; evidence of remittances to the lottery fund for the same period; valid office and business addresses; nature and the type businesses they do, among others.
The lottery industry has been Nigeria’s bread and butter, providing employment for millions of Nigerians.
Earlier this month, the National Union of Lottery Agent Employees said the increasing acceptance of lottery among Nigerians indicated that the industry was one of the major contributors to the state economy.