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Nigerian telco lotteries to be regulated


The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned operators to desist from promoting 'fraudulent' lotteries.

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telco operators in the country to desist from promoting ‘fraudulent’ lotteries.

"We have observed that promotions and lotteries have become prominent tools used by service providers to delight their teeming subscribers,” said NCC executive commissioner, Okechukwu Itanyi said

"In a bid to ensure sanity in the industry, NCC has published specific guidelines on advertisement and promotions of lottery activities," said Itanyi.

He warned that any operator caught breaking the guidelines could be severely punished.

According to Itanyi, the NCC also plans to setup a committee that will focus on creating a policy framework regarding lotteries in the telecoms industry.

The committee members are to be drawn from representatives of NCC, and the country’s National Lottery Regulatory Commission,NLR.

Juwah noted that the co-operation between the two agencies is intended to protect consumers.

He also said that allowing lottery business to function without proper checks could jeopardise the credibility of telecoms operators and lottery business itself.


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