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Benue House of Assemby passes sport marketing, lottery board bill


Makurdi  –   The bill for the establishment of Benue Sports Marketing and Lottery Board was on Wednesday passed by the Benue House of Assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that during the clause to clause consideration of the bill, the Speaker, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, said the board would transform sports into revenue yielding venture.

Ikyange added that it would also regulate lottery activities in the state.

He said that the board should consist of a Chairman who shall be the Commissioner for Youth and Sports and an Alternate Chairman to be appointed by the operating company.

It will also have the Permanent Secretary of the sports ministry and the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Finance and Justice.

The rest are the Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue Service, two members of the public and four people to be nominated by the governor.

Ikyange said that they shall hold office for tenure of four years or as can be determined by the governor at the time of his appointment.

He added they the board may be eligible for reappointment for one further term at the end of his first term in office.

“The governor shall suspend any member of the board in the event of institution of any criminal proceedings in a court of law on charges of theft, fraud, forgery, gross misconduct, falsifying of document, perjury or any offence involving dishonesty against such a member.

“The governor shall appoint another person for the remainder of the period for which the person in respect of whom the vacancy arose had been appointed,’’ he said.

The speaker said that the allowances of the board shall vary according the functions they performed or the responsibility they handled.

He also said that any company or person who contravened any regulation governing the conduct of other lotteries shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N250,000 or imprisonment for two years or both.

The speaker then invited Clerk of the House, Dr Torese Agena, to read the bill for the third time.

“Having read the bill for the third time it is hereby passed,’’ Ikyange said.

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