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FG seeks 10m jobs in lottery, gaming industry

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Employment opportunites would provide E-learning equipment to the students.

Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs Zephaniah Jisalo said on Saturday that the federal government is planning to create more than 10 million jobs in the lottery and gaming industry. Speaking of its potential to increase both national prosperity and tax income, Jisalo called it a “wealth generator” and promised that the government would work to develop the sector further. Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, delivered these remarks at the launch of the second phase of the “Back to School Jump Start Project” at Lagos Teslim Balogun Stadium.

As part of the campaign, in collaboration with the National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF), Gbajabiamila made a contribution of e-learning equipment, which included laptops, android tablets, stationeries, and sanitary material, to the students of 46 schools within the Surulere Federal Constituency. Represented by NLTF Executive Secretary Dr. Bello Maigari, the minister praised the NLTF for supporting the “well-conceived” concept to help kick-start schools by providing students with cutting-edge educational materials to help them achieve academic excellence and raise the quality of education to international levels.

The industry will be revitalised to function at its peak.

According to Jisalo, the National Lottery Trust Fund is supporting the rollout of the second phase of this programme so that it can build on the first phase’s successes, which have significantly raised the quality of education in public schools across the Surulere Federal Constituency and made for a more positive learning environment. In order to achieve the desired goal of a higher learning standard and a more conducive learning environment, the management of the benefiting public schools must ensure the provision of all of these instructional and educational materials is used wisely across all benefiting public schools.

He added that the lottery is a source of income. Due to the size and population of Nigerian economy, the number of employment opportunities created by the industry in recent years is expected to expand to well over 10 million. Even though it is not yet a reality, they are trying all in their power to resurrect this industry, which offers tremendous potential for Nigeria in raising tremendous income and creating work opportunities for youths, and therefore helping actualise the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led administration’s renewed hope agenda.

Support will be given to the National Lottery Trust Fund and others.

In an effort to make the lottery more lucrative and valuable to Nigerians, he is pleased to inform people that the government is going to provide the NLTF, along with all relevant agencies, with the necessary backing to enhance all policy frameworks required to transform the lottery and gaming industry in the nation. As a result, all individuals and businesses that have been granted a national lottery licence should be prepared to fulfil their regulatory requirements or face sanctions.

Therefore, the government is dedicated to maximising the profits made from non-oil revenue sources, and one such alternative source of revenue that the government has discovered is the lottery, which the government intends to make more lucrative and sustainable. They anticipate that, once the industry is well-established, lotteries will be incorporated into national strategic plans. Fuad Kayode-Laguda, a nominee to replace former Speaker of the House of Representatives, also spoke on behalf of Gbajabiamila, who advised the students and schools to put the donated supplies to good use. He expressed appreciation to the NLTF for funding the initiative.

Challenges of the public education sector will be addressed.

Adaku Apugo, head of the planning committee, said the scheme had touched the lives of students of 46 schools in the constituency and was intended to address the shortcomings of the public education system made clear by the COVID-19 pandemic. Apugo continued that the Jump Start project’s second-phase execution has prioritised the four areas to ensure the effectiveness of this intervention: A nationwide Learning Management System (LMS) for e-learning, classroom infrastructure, sanitary facilities, and stationery. These focus areas comprise a thorough hierarchy of the problems the public educational system faces and the fixes that will prepare them for the future.

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