A local group, Coalition of Youth and Students for Better Liberia (COYSBEL), has lauded the Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Martin Kollie, for reforms he instituted at the entity.
The group made the statement recently in Monrovia during an interactive forum.
The students noted that Mr. Kollie’s administration has changed the public’s negative perception on gambling, made Liberia attractive to international betting companies, and for gaining membership in the World Lotto Union.
“We are overwhelmed by the massive improvements and transformation at the entity under Mr. Kollie, and his interaction with young people, encouraging them to take positive actions for their wellbeing,’’ the group said.
COYSBEL further said the NLA boss has financially contributed to less fortunate students and children, an act which has afforded them access to education.
The group said Kollie’s efficient management skills have attracted wealthy international betting institutions to the country thus making the NLA one of “the best government institutions in the country.”
Director Kollie’s record, according to the group, dates back to when he served as Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the National Transit Authority (NTA).
President Ellen Johnson signed to law the Act that repealed the 1993 Act of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation, which created the National Lottery Authority.
The Act, which was signed on December 22, 2014, compels companies operating casinos, slot machines, sports betting, raffle draws, promotional competitions or devices for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance to acquire a permit or license from the NLA.
It gives the agency the exclusive power to conduct, manage, regulate, and supervise lottery services and all other games of chance in the country.