Commission Warns Against Underage Participation in Sports Betting
The National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has warned operators of sports betting centres to desist from allowing underage persons participate in betting and gambling.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Mr Magnus Ekechukwu, said the act establishing the commission does not encourage people who are under the age of 18 to participate in any gambling activity in the country.
Speaking in Abuja, Ekechukwu said the commission does not “allow lottery or gambling operators to site their shops anywhere close to schools or even churches or mosques” to respect the religious feelings of people.
He continued by saying “Many of them have signed terms and conditions because this is contained in terms and conditions of their permit to participating in sports betting.”
The regulatory commission has a way of sanctioning those who allow their outlets to be used for underage gaming, according to him.
According to Ekechukwu, the commission pays unscheduled visits to gaming centres from time to time, to ensure that underage persons are not allowed to participate in betting activities.
He also cautioned parents to guide and watch over their children to avoid addiction to betting, saying the commission is not responsible for children who leave schools to engage in activities at betting centres. He called on parents to give their children proper upbringing.