Oyo takes steps to regulate and improve gambling industry – Sport – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News
The Oyo State Government, through the Oyo State Gaming Board, has engaged operators and other stakeholders to chart a course to improve business in the state.
At a stakeholder forum, held in Ibadan, State Government Secretary Olubamiwo Adeosun said engagement was needed to make the game more diverse and inclusive in terms of age, sexuality, disability, gender and socio-economic background, as this would increase opportunities in the sector and beyond.
“We are aware that there has not been a level playing field in the past and that it is not enough to simply create a level playing field; on the contrary, different people should have the same opportunity accessible to others.
“For Oyo State Gaming Board businesses and agencies, being diverse means reorganizing, valuing and being accountable to share knowledge, skills, experiences and opportunities and to reach the full potential of this sector. Diversity can add value and can broaden the advantages over the issue,” Adeosun said.
Managing Director of the Board, Olajide Boladuro, said they are taking steps to ensure inclusiveness and also to ensure there are regulations in the industry, such as the inclusion of women and the prohibition games of chance among minors.
“There are stiff penalties if you are caught, a three-year prison term and a N500,000 sum for operators caught in the act of underage gambling,” he added.
Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Seun Fakorede, said the forum was relevant for the growth and development of the sector.
He added: “It is a very relevant sector, because it will affect the economy. As for the games, most of the participants are young people. It is therefore necessary to make known the role of this council. We are also focused on inclusion in this government, as we preach in government, so we want all sectors to embrace diversity and inclusion.