Liberia and Benin elected Auditors of African Lottery Association (ALA)

The African Lottery Association (ALA) has concluded its 18th annual Congress in Casablanca, Morocco with Liberia and Benin being elected as Auditors of the Association.

The ALA annual congress which was held from 1-3 July 2019, brought together more than one hundred (100) stakeholders, notably, Lottery-Members of the African Lottery Association (AlA).

Also in attendance, were World Lotter Association (WLA) President, Rebecca Hargrove, the WLA Chair of the Sports Betting Integrity Committee, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet as well as the ALA President and Secretary General, Amadou Samba Kane and Younes EL Mechrafi respectively.
ALA started December 3, 1981 in Daakar, Senegal with 8 member Francophones Countries and opened arms to non-Francophones Countries (both private and public) giving birth to 15 members Countries.

National Lottery Authority (NLA) Acting Director General, Hon. Neved P. Kortu and Controller, Mr. Sellie Yengbeh represented Liberia at the ALA’s 18th annual Congress.

Speaking at the ceremony in Casablanca, Morocco, NLA Acting Director General, Hon. Neved P. Kortu stressed the importance of sport integrity and fight against the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations globally.

Hon. Kortu stressed that the National Lottery Authority has drafted a five year strategic plan to reform and strengthen the gaming industry in Liberia tailored on the Government of Liberia’s PRO POOR AGENDA for prosperity and Development under the Leadership of President George M. Weah.

He said the positive economic effects of the gaming industry on the Liberian economy are unmistakable and the National Lottery Authority has begun instituting appropriate mechanisms to foster partnership with potential investors for revitalization and expansion of the sector.

NLA Acting Director General warmly thanked ALA for organizing an excellent Congress and Liberia reelection as one of two AUDITORS (Liberia & Benin) of the Association assuring that Liberia will ensure transparency and accountability at every level.

NLA makes major intervention in Disabled Community for July 26, 2019

The Management of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) has donated huge consignment of assorted food and non-food items to more than 26 physically Challenged, Charitable Organizations, orphanages and Public Welfare Institutions in the Country.

NLA’s July 26, 2019 Independence Day’s charitable donation covered more than 1,289 bags of 25KG Parboiled Rice, 101 3-gallon container of Vegetable Oil, 100 Cartoons of Vita Cube and 100 bags of Onion amongst others.
The NLA gesture to charity is intended to supplement the Government of Liberia’s Pro Poor agenda to support charitable and social services activities, such as Disabled, Public Welfare Institutions, Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organizations in the country.

The NLA Act Section 6.1 gives it the mandates to contribute, provide care and protection for the physically or mentally afflicted, needy, the aged, orphans and destitute children across the country.
To execute such mandates, the Authority reaches out to Physically Challenged, Charitable Organizations and Public Welfare Institutions during major holidays to donate food and non-food items in order to improve their living conditions.

Charitable Organizations and Public Welfare Institutions that benefited the 2019 July 26 Independence Day gesture include; National Union of Organization of the Disabled, Schools of the Blind and Deaf, Christian Association of the Physically Disabled, Smile for the Disabled and National Amputee Association.

Others are; Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, African Youths with Disabilities Network, Mother Victoria Thomas Orphanage Home, Liberia National Association of the Physically Disabled, Hope in God Association of the Blind, Liberia Blind Association for Rehabilitation (LBAR), Mission of Hope for the Disabled and Men with Vision Disabled amongst others.
Speaking during the donation at various disabled organizations, National Lottery Authority (NLA) Acting Director General, Hon. Neved P. Kortu conveyed the Authority’s Board of Directors, Management and Staffs Independence Day greetings and wished the Disabled Community Peaceful, Productive and Prosperous July 26 Celebrations.

Hon. Kortu prayed that God will continue to grant the President, H. E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, His Vice, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentarians, International Partners and those in POSITION OF TRUST the wisdom and knowledge to direct the affairs of the Country, especially through the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).

He commended President George Manneh Weah for affording him (Neved P. Kortu) the opportunity to ensure that he and his team can address the needs of their people by identifying with them during Major Holidays.
The NLA Acting Director General asserted that disadvantaged people in the country have been suffering over the years as the initiative which the Lottery Authority embarked upon was very important in addressing some of those many challenges faced by them.

“We have passion for this kind of thing, we ensure that those who are disadvantaged, those that are struggling and those that are ensuring that things are getting better, all of them, we want to say a big thank you for coming and we really appreciate your presence here today,” he said.
Hon. Kortu said the Institution remains committed to its Social Cooperate Responsibilities and improving the gaming sector in Liberia.
Meanwhile, the National Lottery Authority has disclosed plans to donate more than One Hundred pieces of mattress to flood victims in New Kru Town as part of efforts to ensure better living condition for them.
NLA Acting Director General, Hon. Neved P. Kortu thanked President George Manneh Weah for constructing several housing units for victims who were dislodged in New Kru Town as a result of sea erosion few months ago.

Receiving the assortment of food items officials of the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home and other Disabled, Public Welfare Institutions, Physically Challenged Organizations and Destitute Youths thanked the Lottery Board of Directors and Management for always identifying with persons living with Multiple Disabilities and victims of natural disasters in the country and called for increased supports.

The beneficiaries, who spoke in separate remarks, also commended the National Lottery Authority for remembering them during major holidays and in times of needs and assured them that the items will be used for the intended purpose.

Some Disabled Institutions however called on the NLA to help them with vehicles for them to transport the critically ill patients to the hospital; budgetary allotments to enable them perform their duties, funds to construct new school building and direct sponsorship for their institutions among others.

National Lotteries Corporation Identifies with Fire Victims

The National Lottery Authority of Liberia identified with disabled fire victims on Gurley Street, south beach; toured the scene of the tragedy and presented food and assorted items to the victims all of whom were disabled.

According to the Liberia National Lotteries press release, the fire gutted twenty bed rooms house and affected family members and their possessions.

In fulfillment of its statutory mandates, the Liberia National Lotteries donated 5 bags of rice, 3 gallons of oil, as well as other non-food items to the victims.

Making donation on behalf of the Liberia National Lotteries, Deputy Executive Officer for Operations, Madam Agnes Effiong expressed her deepest regret about the fire catastrophe and admonished the victims that all is not lost.

She said the presentation was LNLC’s gesture towards the implementation of her social corporate responsibility to disable and charity institutions in Liberia.

At the same time, representatives from the Group of 77, Mr. Henry Flampor and Mr. Isaac Kiba were present during the presentation.

Also, officials of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation included: Deputy Executive Officer for Operations, Madam Agnes Effiong, Ms. Felecia Blay, Welfare Officer and Ms. Washina Saad, Public Relations Officer.

NLA Official Concludes the African Lottery Association Regional Forum, Held in Bamako, the Republic of Mali

Monrovia, November 28, 2013: The Chief Executive Officer of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation, Mr. Martin S. Kollie concluded a three-day session at the second sitting of the African Lottery Association Regional Forum, held in Bamako, Mali from the 21st – 23rdNovember 2013: As the future of the National Lotteries gets brighten.

The meeting which brought together key Stakeholders and Executives from Morocco, Ivory Coast, Mali, Liberia, Senegal, Togo among others of the African Lottery; sought to address issues of concerned within the African Lottery Industry and also to prepare for the 2014 African Lottery Association Meeting, scheduled to be held in Dakar, Senegal.

According to press release of the National Lotteries, the intend of theCEO’s visit to Mali was to form part of the preparation for the upcoming African Lottery Association (ALA) Summit, scheduled for March 2014, in Dakar, Senegal and to hold discussions with one of the most reputable Horse Racing Betting Authorities of Europe, the PariMutuelUrbian of France.

After every two years, officials of the African Lottery Association (ALA) converge to discuss critical issues of the industry and to draw up the calendar of event for the next Executive sitting of the Association, as a matter of core and custom.

The participation of the Government of Liberia, through the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation has been recorded as the first time in the history of the African Lottery Association (ALA) since it was founded in 1981 and a sign of positive reform step of Liberia’s Lottery Industry.

According to the Lotteries Boss, Mr. Martin Kollie, Liberia was the only English speaking country that attended the ALA’s Executive Meeting, which gave the country much attention and opportunities to interact with other advanced Lottery companies, including the PariMutuelUrbain (PMU) of France, a company that is popular for its Horse Racing Gaming activities inEurope and Africa’s #1 Lottery Industry, LoterieNationale of Morocco, as a means of helping in improving the Liberia’s Lottery sector.

The Chief Executive Officer, further disclosed thatPariMutuelUrbian (PMU) will host the African Lottery Award, next year April, in Paris, France where Liberia will be highly represented.

He said discussions were held and agreed upon that all African Lottery Leaders will form part of the occasion, for which a winner from that program will be offered the African Lottery Award

Mr. Kollie also indicated that sideline discussions were held with the General Directors of LoterieNationale de Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. FofanaIssiaka, LoterieNationale of Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Samba Kane and also the Malian first female Finance Minister, Ministre de I’Economie et des Finances, Madam BouareFilySissoko; in order to form a bilateral partnership, as a means of knowledge sharing, capacity building, a joint-cooperation of responsible gaming and preventing frauds and also providing security on internet gaming.

In conclusion, Mr. Kollie said that his vision for the National Lotteries is for the government to be in full controlled of the gaming activities in Liberia.

He said in other for the sole-purpose of the National Lotteries to be fulfilled, it has to be in charge of all gaming activities, as a means of contributing towards the country’s developmental reforms and processes, as well as fulfilling her social corporate responsibilities within the disabled community.

The CEO has also renewed calls for the government to take complete control of the gaming activities in Liberia and called on the Ministry of Justice and the Law Reform Commission to help revamp and structure the National Lotteries Law, so as to help supplement government’s effort.

National Lottery Joins World Lottery Association

The Liberia National Lotteries Corporation has been accepted for the first time in the history of the Liberia Lotteries, as a full member by the World Lottery Association (WLA) a universal governing lottery body with Headquarters situated in Basel, Switzerland.

In an official communiqué dated October 1, 3013 sent from the Secretary General of the World Lottery Association (WLA)Lynne Roiter stated that Liberia’s membership was endorsed and approved by the World Lottery Association (WLA) Executive Committee after scrupulous and thorough studies of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation membership, during its Ordinary Session held last week in Montreal, Canada.

According to Press Release of the Liberia National Lotteries, Liberia’s membership to the World governing Lottery body will be a great asset and the renaissance for the Lotteries’ Industry of Liberia.

Roiter said that the Liberian government, through the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation has met all the necessary requirements and standards to form part of the World Lottery Association (WLA), and will now began to pay her annual membership dues, as it is required by every member state.

Liberia National Lotteries Boss, Hon. Martin S. Kollie has welcomed the prompt decision and latest development of the WLA Executive Committee to have accepted Liberia’s membership in becoming a voice within the World Lottery Industry.

He said Liberia has been blessed to form part of such universal body and will use every opportunity to present Liberia’s case at the World Lottery Association meeting, scheduled to be held next year 2014 in Rome, Italy.

Liberia has now become the 8th West Africa country and among the Twelve (12) Africa Nations; also the 79th member states to be accepted and endorsed by the World Lottery Body.

The World Lottery Association (WLA) is a member-based organization established to advance the interests of State-authorized lotteries, representing one of following geographic regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, North America and South America.