Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Kofi Osei Ameyaw has set up a three-member committee to probe allegations of non-payment of big wins across the country.
The mandate of the committee is to “verify, validate and authenticate” documents of persons in the category of big wins, according to the NLA Director General.
Workers of NLA earlier on Monday, March 1, 2021, withdrew their services to protest what they described as the continuous nationwide attack on them due to failure of the management to pay lottery winners.
They said the NLA had failed to pay winning draws from as far back as April 2020 resulting in attacks on the lives of the staff of the authority in places like Tamale in the Northern Region.
The situation forced the National Labour Commission to summon the NLA staff union and Director General of the Authority, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, to find a resolution to the concerns by the aggrieved staff.
“In this day and age where cyber-crime has become a big issue, big wins are thoroughly investigated, verified and validated before payments of the said wins,” Mr. Osei Ameyaw explained to the National Labour Commission.
He further stated that “if the document is cleared and validated by the committee, the winning shall be paid within fourteen days”.
The NLC upon hearing the two sides described the protest by the staff as “wrongful and unfair”, and thus directed them to resume work immediately.
“The NLC declares today’s action of workers as wrongful and unfair and orders the workers to call off the suspension of withdrawal of services and resume work immediately,” a press release signed by the NLC’s Executive Secretary, Ofosu Asamoah ordered.
Membership of the NLA committee is made up of two senior staff at the DG’s office and a representative from the aggrieved workers.