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Reps Move To Ban Sports Betting In Nigeria



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The House of Representatives has decided to stop sports betting and asked the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) to acquiesce to the Lottery Regulatory Commission Act 2005.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Kelechi Nwogu (PDP-Rivers) at plenary in Abuja on Thursday.

Earlier, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had reported that up to 60 million Nigerians aged between 18 and 40 are into sports betting.

Hon. Nwogu said, “Weak or neglected regulations of sports betting have given rise to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.”

He added that sports betting had “led to strain or broken relationships due to lying or stealing from friends and family, financial problems, legal issues, and job loss due to excessive loss or debt.”

He said, “Betting has given rise to an increased crime rate and eventual suicide.”

He said there is a need for campaigns to stop the negative social impact of lottery and underage gambling.

Adopting the motion, the House asked the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation to carry out a comprehensive nationwide campaign to inform the public about the negative impact of youth participation in sports betting.

Also, the House asked the Committee on Inter-governmental Affairs to carry out a public hearing on the harmful effects of sports betting in the country.

The committee was given four weeks to report back for further legislative action.

NAN reported that the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) data has revealed that more than 65 million Nigerians play sports betting, spending an average of 15 dollars every day.





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