Under-Aged Betting: Oyo Govt Force N500,000 Fine

Under-Aged Betting: Oyo Govt Force N500,000 Fine
Oyo State Gaming Board has launched a stricter consciousness against underage betting in the state and announced a fine of N500,000 fine against any tax dodger just as it reiterated its resolution to promote and encourage responsible gaming in the state.
This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer(CEO), Oyo State Gaming Board, Mr. Lekan Abari, on Wednesday while carving
stakeholders in the during the interactive session on lottery and sports betting in the state.
The occurrence was the first quarterly stakeholders’ interactive forum of 2019 organized by the board for the stakeholders tagged “dispensing on the Present Clime in Gaming Regulation” held at the conference room, Board of Internal revenue, state secretariat, Ibadan.
The Board then launched a sensitization sticker with ‘+18 only’ message in red color, given to all stakeholders who handle the forum free, to be pasted to their personal offices, thus sending across the message to operators and their stakeholders.
He informed that the board will embark on sensitization of the public on the development, warning that any operator found culpable will pay a fine of N500,000 only.
Abari who compliment the participants for their cooperation with the board in the area of documentation said “in the last eight months since the inauguration forum, the Oyo State Gaming Board has been able to set up a robust framework and policies for gaming regulation and acquiescence in Oyo State.
“The Board has been able to increase the issuance of gaming licenses to qualified and registered gaming operators. Over 60 percent of entering operators have issued license certificates.”
The CEO further informed that “section 27 (1) of the Oyo State gaming law provides that no licensee or an employee of a licensee shall invite, cause or permit an underage or vulnerable person or play, place or engage in a gaming activity either personally or through an agent.”
Abari, however, noted that the board’s surveillance revealed “the determination of underaged persons been found within the business premises of licensed operators despite warnings despite
the proliferation of internet gaming websites, which can also increase the risk of under-aged gambling.
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