NLRC in the News
SUMMARY OF EVENT (LBF 2016)

The business forum held in Aba, Abia State with the theme "Diversification Agenda, Lotte...
SGF PROMISES NLRC FULL GOVERMENT SUPPORT ON IT REVENUE GENERATION DRIVE AND STRICT ENFORCEMENT

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal has tasked the Nation...
LOTTERY AGENT MAPPING
The Official Flag-off of the Lottery Agent Mapping Exercise 26th February 2016.

The National Lotter...
PRESS RELEASE 17_11_2015

DG LOTTERY COMMISSION WARNS PUBLIC AGAINST PARTICIPATING IN ILLEGAL LOTTERIES


 


As ...
CONSUMER SALES PROMOTION - The Complete Story

CONSUMER SALES PROMOTION AND THE NATIONAL LOTTERY ACT 2005:

The Complete Story



What is CSP

Und...
BREAKING NEWS - SPORTS LOTTERY NOW REGULATED BY NLRC

SPORTS LOTTERY(BETTING)


The Governing Board at the meeting held on 11th March 2015, has approved ...
BAYELSA STATE STAKEHOLDER FORUM 2014
It was full throttle ahead with all Twelve cylinders blazing as Bayelsa NLRC rolled out the red carp...
DG Visit to Delta State Office
While addressing the State Office staff. DG says "The success or failure of a sustainable lotte...
ADAMAWA STATE
COORDINATOR SOLICITES COOPERATION AND SUPPORT OF MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS

The Coordinator, National Lott...
Management Retreat Images

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission in a bid to create better strategies on effective Manag...
Reps Members visit National Lottery Regulatory Commission

 

As part of their oversight functions, the members of House Representatives Committee o...
EBONYI OFFICE

Ebonyi SSG Tasks National Lottery Regulatory Commission in Abakaliki on Enlightenment Campaign&nb...
Sanctions for Unregistered Promotional Lotteries

The Enforcement Team of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission headquarters in Abuja embarked...
EDO STATE

EDO SPEAKER PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR BENIN ZONAL OFFICE

The Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Hon...
National Lottery Regulatory Commission Staff Join Labour Union

The management of National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has unionized its staff. 

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Watch Manchester United Promo: Globacom Rewards Winners after National Lottery Regulatory Commission

The Three winners who missed the trip to watch live match of Manchester United in Manchester, Eng...
DG Promises to Address Welfare and Training Issues

The Staff of National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) have course to smile as the new Direct...
National Lottery Regulatory Commission Director - General Hails Board Appointment, Calls for Support

Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr. Adolphus Ekpe has comm...
SGF Tasks National Lottery Regulatory Commission Board Members on Revenue Generation, Job Creation

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim (GCON), has charged m...
History of NLRC
Introduction

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission was established through the National Lottery Act, 2005. The Commission was primarily born out of the need to regulate the operations of lottery business in Nigeria, promote transparency and accountability in lottery industry while protecting the interests of players, stakeholders and the general public.

Though established in 2005, the National Lottery Regulatory Commission was scarcely known until 2009. It sat on a small space on the 5th floor, Block C, Phase II of the Federal Secretariat, Abuja. 

Mr. Peter Igho (MFR), took up the mantle of leadership of the Commission in 2009 and his first assignment was to sensitize the public about lottery and its opportunities and benefits to the Nigerian economy. He also tackled the accommodation problem that the Commission faced. As Director General, Igho succeeded in both challenges as he enhanced the public view on lottery and moved the Commission to the 1st and 4th floors of the Merit House, Maitama Abuja. In 2013, Igho successfully moved the Commission into a two story building in Jabi District. 

The Commission is now headed by the newly appointed Director-General Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe, a Nigerian Stock Exchange guru who was a principal officer responsible for the automation of the activities and workflow of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in Port-Harcourt.

Marketing the Commission

The general feeling has always been that Lottery is not different from ordinary gambling.

The Director - General Mr. Peter Igho(2009 - 2013) faced the burdensome task of selling the Lottery business and the Lottery Commission to the generality of Nigerians. At many occasions he attended, he made positive pronouncements about Lottery and the mandate of the Commission.

Mr. Peter Igho scored a big goal during his visit to the Director - General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Mr. Nuhu Yusuf in September, 2009, when it was announced that "any promotion advertisement that does not carry the seal of the National Regulatory Commission would no longer be carried/aired by FRCN".

The then Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili equally assured the Commission of her support as the sanitisation of the Lottery industry tallies with the re-branding campaign of her ministry in particular and the present administration in general.

Similarly, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) promised to help. The Council’s Director - General, Mrs. Ify Umenyi promised to work towards making promoters cooperate with the Lottery Commission or be made to face the law.

When the message was taken to the top echelons of the Police, the then Inspector General of Police Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo said the Police were ready to arrest and prosecute any  company that was found to have indulged in fraudulent promotions. These and many more achievements Mr. Igho recorded during his tenure. 

The  Commission has taken on a new leadership, and It is obvious that the heights and economic growth which the Commission will attain through the ingenious of the newly appointed Director - General  Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe is undeniable, owing to his past and record breaking achievements through ICT automation and which this is his priority in the Commission.

On-going Challenges

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission is a relatively new agency of the Federal Goverment of Nigeria. In line with the transformation agenda of Mr. President,  the Commission is saddled with the responsibility of regulating  all lottery games and promotions in Nigeria. In addition, improve transparency, accountability, stakeholder confidence and revenue generation for Goverment towards good causes.

In trying to achive the above mentioned goals, public enlightenment and National Reorientation is a key component for success, to this end, the Media and Publicity Unit of the Commission is developing programmes that would bridge this knowledge gap, create an enabling safe and secure enviroment for lottery business under the leadership of the Director - General Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe.