BY BARTH EZE
It’s all applause for Nigeria’s Mr. Lottery, Lanre Gbajabiamila, the Director-General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission, (NLRC) as he was inducted into the Africa Gaming Hall of Fame with an Award of Excellence at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) London, 2024 in recognition of his matchless dedication, commitment and novelty to the development of lotteries and gaming in Africa.
His string of successes in that sector has been exemplary since he took over office as the utmost regulator of the industry in Nigeria.
Pragmatically aligning the lottery industry with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the government, the Director General of the Nigeria Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, has taken the nation’s lottery business to higher levels, as he gathered the best of the industry all over the world to further the cause of progress of the industry that he has increasingly transformed since he assumed the leadership of NLRC in 2018.
A few months ago, between October 31 and November 1, Lanre Gbajabiamila led experts, operators, players, prospects and business tycoons to solidify the way for a more prosperous gaming industry for Nigerians.
In upgrading the gaming conference initiated in 2021 as a Nigerian affair to an international status, the NLRC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) explained that the decision was for the betterment of the industry and greater opportunities for Nigeria.
According to him, “In our bid to expand the nation’s business frontiers and create more wealth for Nigerians through the lottery industry, aligning with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government, the bi-annual gaming conference of the NLRC has been elevated to international standards. This would attract more foreign investments and inflow of resources to the country,” he said
Progressing from the huge success of the maiden edition of the conference that had only key Nigerian stakeholders and players of the industry participating, Gbajabiamila stated, this year’s edition would have some key potentates of the gaming industry in Africa and across the globe in attendance.
The commission, according to the Director General, “is deliberately creating chances and openings for the Nigerian gaming industry leaders and potential investors to interact and connect with the best gaming industry giants across the world, so as to upgrade their businesses, generate more resources and enhance winnings for Nigerians.
With such strides, it is certain that the laurel handed over to him by Kate Chambers is well-deserved.