The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Wednesday in Abuja, signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, with provisions to deter lottery and gaming practices not based on telecom platforms through the sharing of information and intelligence.
NCC Executive Vice President Professor Omar Dhanpatta noted that the MoU, which will impact the gaming industry, coincides with the Commission’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) and seeks to promote fair practices in the industry in order to protect telecom consumers in relation to lottery and gaming activities.
He said the cooperation is in line with the provisions of the Commission’s Senior Vice President, 2021-2025, which stipulate facilitating strategic partnership and cooperation with other bodies to enhance service delivery.
“The initial MOU expired in 2022, and tweaks and adjustments have been made since no MOU is rock solid, especially given the dynamic nature of the industry,” he explained.
NLRC General Manager, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila expressed his confidence that the MoU will yield positive results in reducing illegal online gambling as he hoped that NCC and NLRC would fulfill their intentions in the interest of gaming stakeholders.
He pointed out that the activities and practices of unapproved lotteries and games undermine the integrity of the local and global gaming markets at the expense of stakeholders in addition to undermining consumer confidence in these markets, and then cooperate with the authority to stop these trends.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Executive Commissioner (Stakeholder Management) Barr said. Adeleke Adewolu revealed that the MoU has been designed to address modern technology information sharing capabilities, consumer satisfaction and enhance areas of joint regulation in line with the Federal Government’s digital economy mandate.
The new MOU replaces the one first signed by both organizations, which expired in 2022. It provides complementary approaches to deter non-communication platform lottery/gaming practices by sharing information and intelligence in appreciation of how to undermine non-communication lottery and gaming activities and practices. The integrity of the domestic and global gaming markets is at the expense of stakeholders in addition to undermining consumer confidence in these markets.
Under the agreement, upon requests from the NLRC, the NCC will seek to block or disable illegal lottery operators on the platform of the Nigeria Telecom Service Providers and the NLRC
The document was developed by the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) comprising representatives of the NCC and NLRC to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and other matters that enhance cooperation between the two organizations in their regulatory functions.
NCC renews its Memorandum of Understanding with the Lottery Commission