National Lotteries Joins World Lottery Association
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Liberia National Lotteries Corporation (LNLC) has joined the World Lottery Association (WLA) based in Montreal, Canada barely four months after the LNCL applied to the governing body of lotto for membership.
According to a letter of admittance dated October 1, 2013 a copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the Secretary-General of the WLA Lynne Roiter wrote: "I am pleased to inform you (LNCL's boss Mr. Martin S. Kollie) that the WLA Executive Committee at its meeting this week approved your membership application".
The letter continues: "your contribution as a WLA member will certainly be a great asset for our association and we are looking forward to working together in the years ahead.
Speaking to this paper Tuesday at his Paynesville Duport Road head office, the Executive Director of the LNLC Mr. Martin S. Kollie said the admittance of his entity into the WLA is a milestone in the history of the n entity as it would begin to benefit from all provisions earmarked for its member's organizations across the world.
Mr. Kollie revealed that the LNLC was considered for membership by the WLA after it subscribed to all requirements of the WLA including the presentation of an act establishing the LNLC and agreeing to abide by the regulation and other guidelines of the WLA.
He explained that the Liberia National Lotteries' Corporation was introduced to the WLA few months ago by the Lotteries' governing body of Ghana during his visit to Ghana and that since than, he has been in touch with the WLA seeking membership. He expressed gratitude that the Executive Committee of the WLA which include representatives from the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa could consider Liberia for membership at the shortest possible time.
The aims and objectives of the Association are to advance the collective interest of its members and to enhance the capacity, common knowledge and statue of individual members.
In a separate development, Mr. Kollie has returned from the United States of America following a three-week visit at the invitation of the Organization for the Promotion of Development in Liberia based in Woodbury, Minnesota with a chapter in Liberia.
He said his visit was aimed at seeking material and financial support for the LNLC, exploring and meeting with Minnesota's businesses and investors and local government officials including the state legislature and mayors.
Mr. Kollie also said he met with the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Paul Wilson, who promised to help with material support, while Mr. Ed Van Petten, Executive Director of the Minnesota State Lottery promised to help with training and capacity building.
The Liberia National Lotteries Corporation (LNLC) is an agency established by law not to only create jobs for Liberians but to raise funds to support disabled organizations most especially the Group of 77 based on Newport Street. Its mandate has been amended to formulate and promulgate policies as well as regulate the lottery sector including all 'games of chance' in the country.
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