The National Lottery Authority (NLA) has commissioned two vehicles for use by its monitoring and evaluation department and donated 525 bags of rice to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, the Group of 77 on Newport Street and the National Commission on Disabilities, a press release said yesterday.
The two new double cabin Toyota pickups were made available to the NLA by the Government of Liberia to enhance its work especially as it relates to enforcement of its mandate, which includes getting rid of play stations involved in gambling and ensuring that illegal operators of betting companies and other ‘games of chance’ in the country are penalized in line with the NLA statutory laws.
Commissioning the two vehicles Friday at the NLA’s newly refurbished headquarters on Coleman Avenue, 10th Street, Sinkor, Board Chairman Claude J. Katta challenged the Monitoring and Evaluation Department to utilize the vehicles to enforce the NLA mandate.
Mr. Katta, who spoke on behalf of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, instructed NLA’s Director General, Mr. Martin S. Kollie, to ensure that the Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) department makes a monthly report of its operations for the next six months, saying, “I personally want to see a monthly report only from the M and E department to measure their performance for the next six months now that they have the logistics they have been yearning for.”
According to him, the creation of the National Lottery Authority to replace the defunct Liberia National Lotteries was necessary because the latter did not function well, whereas the NLA has undergone a massive transformation and further exhibited the vigor and potential to achieve its mandate.
Director General Kollie lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Boakai for the enormous support and the provision of logistics to the NLA, and renewed calls for operators of commercial play stations to desist. He warned that with the acquisition of the two vehicles the NLA will redouble efforts to ensure that its mandate is achieved, noting that play stations are only for entertainment and not for gambling.
The NLA boss, who enumerated challenges faced in the last three years, expressed his desire to make the Lottery Authority viable such that it would fulfill its role not only to provide rice and other food items to the disabled community, but to also support educational initiatives as well as contribute funding to the national budget.
Meanwhile, the management of the NLA, as part of its corporate social responsibility, over the weekend donated 150 bags of rice to the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection, 160 bags to the Group of 77 on Newport Street and 200 bags to the National Commission on Disabilities.