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Lottery is not gambling – Mahmoud Sifawa

*Nigeria’s next world leaders get NLRC support

*Thanks Nduka Odizor, other sports stars

Acting Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Alhaji Mahmoud Sifawa, has restated that lottery is not the same thing as gambling and is acceptable to all religions in the world urging Nigerians to key into the many advantages that are inherent.

Mahmoud Sifawa signing the endorsement card. Lottery is good for your cause

Alhaji Mahmoud Sifawa made the remark Friday when he hosted the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI) officials in his Abuja office led by the Director General, Mr Olajide Fashikun saying his organisation will do all within its legal powers to ensure that the next generation of world leaders in sports in Nigeria are produced from funds from lottery.

He specifically thanked the people behind the Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST). You give hope to a new generation of Nigerians. This is when the nation needs you the most to give us a direction using the image each of you had worked for. You have all our support.

Sifawa noted with gusto, “I want to thank Mr Nduka Odizor, the great legend of tennis. Here is Mary Onyali physically in our office. Every Nigerian needs to support your programme. As for us, we are happy to deploy every resources in our organisation to make this programme a huge success.”

Mahmoud Sifawa identifies with the Nigeria Sports Development project
Mahmoud Sifawa identifies with the Nigeria Sports Development project

Sifawa who is the Director Regulations and Monitoring added that, “let me also use this opportunity to disabuse the minds of Nigerians. Lottery players are not gamblers. Lottery and gambling are two separate and not related issues.”

“I am a Sokoto prince. I am well schooled in both Islamic and Arabic education. I was the Secretary of the Sultanate Council for six of the eight years of Sultan Dasuki. I am the Magatakarda of Sokoto. I know. I am speaking with authority.”

In his remark earlier, the former Zamalek SC of Egypt player told his host, “we are determined to bring one million children into sports in Nigeria in the next three years. Of this population, we want 90 athletes from five sports to enjoy N30million each to prepare for Tokyo 2020. Before the end of 2018, we want to be present in 36 Nigerian communities.”

“This is the new factory to employ over 3million Nigerians in one year if we deploy our strength properly as a nation. Lottery is one of the biggest pillars of this plan. This is why we are here to see how best the Commission can give us regulatory guidance and support to make our nation one of the best in the world.

In her comments, the Executive Director (Technical), Chief Mary Onyali said, “the experiment we have started in Offa in Kwara State has given us a clear understanding that if we take sports as a business, no nation will near us. We have the population and human resources to achieve these tall dreams. Why can’t we take the opportunities?”

“I know the power of lottery. I know if Nigerians realise what is in it for them, lottery is life. It enriches. You are not a loser in lottery. You are not gambling. It is rather a win-win situation. The social impact alone can be enormous. Even the 3million jobs we are talking about here are professional media men, financial experts, sports lawyers and technical managers.”

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