Lottery Management: Gbajabiamila Wins Big For Nigeria


Following his outstanding performance in the management of the lottery and gaming industry in Nigeria, the Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila has been honoured with the Africa Gaming Hall of Fame Award of Excellence at the International Casino Exhibition (ICE) in London, United Kingdom.

Gbajabiamila was inducted into the highest Lottery Hall of Fame for his dedication, commitment, steadfastness, and novelty in the development of lotteries and gaming, not only in Nigeria but also on the African continent.

Kate Chambers from Clarion presented the prestigious award to Gbajabiamila at the Growth Market Zone, S9 of the Excel Centre, London with praises and commendations before the motley convergence of the topmost leaders, regulators, and operators in the lottery business across the globe that accorded the Nigerian lottery Czar a standing ovation.

The London ICE award was preceded by yet another award conferred on Gbajabiamila by the National Data Protection Commission under the chairmanship of the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.

Presenting the Special Recognition Award to Mr Gbajabiamila, the Permanent Secretary in the Communications Ministry, Mr Farouk Yusuf Yabo, who stood in for the Minister, commended the lottery chief Executive for his contributions to data protection in Nigeria.

The Minister said; “Your steadfast support and contributions to the National Data Protection Commission have not gone unnoticed. Your collaboration has been instrumental in furthering the goals of both commissions.

Former President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reappointment of Gbajabiamila as the Director General of NLRC for another term of four years following his accomplishments in his first term as the head of the lottery commission.

On October 31 and November 1, 2023, NLRC successfully hosted the first International Gaming Conference in Nigeria at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos which was attended by players in the lottery and gaming industry from all over the world during which local and international delegates expressed their satisfaction for the excellent organization, penetration, and the far-reaching decisions reached at the world-class conference.

Director-General of Ghana Lottery Agency described the Gbajabiamila-led NLRC’s international gaming conference as the best-ever in Africa.

Since he was appointed the Chief regulator of lottery and gaming in Nigeria, Gbajabiamila has transformed the industry and steadily moved the lottery to a main revenue-earning sector for the country.

To cap it all, Gbajabiamila said; “The lottery industry is growing; the operators are getting better returns on investments; the players’ winnings are increasing, while more revenues are being generated into the government coffers for more social amenities”.

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