Accra, June 23, GNA – The National Lottery
Authority (NLA) and the Veterans Administration of Ghana (VAG) had struck a
deal aimed to streamline lotto operations.
Under this, NLA would officially take over the
VAG lottery and in return the latter is going to receive monthly cash payment
of GH¢120,000.00 for the upkeep of retired soldiers.
The Authority, additionally, would be
providing vehicles to the Veterans Administration every seven years and to also
build a sports stadium at the Burma Camp for soldiers.
Mr Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, Director General of NLA,
and Captain (Retired) Edmund Duah, penned the agreement on behalf of the two
bodies, in Accra.
An initial amount of GH¢220,000.00 was paid to
VAG and out of this, GH¢120,000.00 was a part fulfilment of the terms of the
agreement and the remaining GH¢100,000.00 – the NLA’s corporate social
responsibility meant to procure medical consumables to take care of the health
needs of the veterans.
A similar deal had been signed in the past by
the two but it collapsed.
Capt (rtd) Duah, however, expressed optimism
that this time around, things would be different.
He added that the new agreement was going to
bring enormous benefits to both parties and would therefore stand the test of
VAG currently has a membership of 19,000 and
has been struggling with poor healthcare and accommodation.
In line with the agreement, VAG lotto
operators, now have six month to switch – to obtain licence from NLA or in
breach of this face the law.