Rights Group Descends On Oniyama
-Frowns OnOperating Slot Maching, Casino
A right group, Citizens United to Protect the rules of Law& Regulations in Liberiasaid, it is seriously stirred to recent violation of regulations ofthe National Lotteries Authority (NLA) by Dr. C. Nelson Oniyama.
In a release issued in Monrovia at the weekend, the group accused Mr. Oniyama of simultaneously ignoring provision within the amended act by the sitting Board of Directors.Mr. Oniyama who is heading Ukraine’s consulate in Liberia is reportedly operating slot machines and Casino gaming business at the former “Embassynight club”located in Congo Town, opposite the JR gas station.
The group has described as detrimentalto school going parents at Cuttington Graduate School Mr. Oniyama’s operation of the Casino and machines games.
A statement released in Monrovia quotes the group’s National Chairman, Peter Flomo Thursday as saying“having read and analyzed, dissected, the approved March 6, 2015 act to repeal the act incorporating the Liberia National Lotteries corporation of 1993 and to enact in lieu thereof the National Lottery Authority act to “Conduct, Manage, Regulate, and supervise National Lotteries, Lotto and games of chance”, they have come to a logical conclusion following what is being described as “an independent investigative report” that Mr. Oniyama’s operation is undermining NLA regulations.
According Mr. Flomo, the new amended actgives exclusive powers to the Board of Directors to determine potential recipient faith of licenses issuance as provided for in section (3) of 6.2.2 as stated below:
“The Authority may grant Sports Betting License on a case by case basis as approved through a resolution of the Board of Directors, giving due consideration to both the Social and Economic requirements for obtaining a license prescribed in this regulation” Mr. Flomo.
He added that the act also provides that:“the distance from one premise location from other should be 4miles away, in violation to this regulation; the already operating slot machines and Casino building located in Congo Town is 3.3 miles away from another Casino which is situated in Congo as well. This mile survey was conducted by the Ministry of Public Works.”
Flomo furthered that the act under this same section prohibits Casino business within zonessuch as; schools, hospitals, or private homes & residents. In violation also, the already operating slot machines and Casino operation is just few feet away from Cuttington Graduate school in Congo Town, which is a total violation of the regulations of the National Lotteries Authority amended act of 2015, Mr. Flomo note.