SINCE THE establishment of the Gaming Commission of Ghana under Gaming Act 2006, (Act 721), parents and school heads have had cause to worry about truancy among pupils.
The Commission, which is under the Ministry of Interior, was established to regulate, control, monitor and supervise the operations of Games of Chance in the country.
Games under its jurisdiction are casinos, sports betting, route operation (slot machines), importation and installation of gaming equipment, promotional gaming (games of chance), betting on horse racing, scratch cards and bingo.
These games are prevalent across the country for game lovers to try their chance. The idea is to achieve an enviable and sustainable world-class gaming industry for national development.
However, due to lack of proper supervision, some game centres have become the ‘home’ of recalcitrant children who abandon school to make quick money.
The slot machines, in particular, are patronised by these pupils without any attempt by managers of the facility to stop them.
Some of these centres are part of established drinking spots where the children are exposed to the vagaries of a drinking spot.
Though the gaming world is an establishment for job creation and economic expansion, excesses such as allowing kids to learn gambling can be very counterproductive.
It is for this reason that the DAILY HERITAGE calls for massive raid of some centres and for allowing kids to patronise their service.
We urge the Gaming Commission to go all out to fix this creeping menace to protect vulnerable kids who are the future leaders of this country. The perpetrators should face punitive measures to deter others from negatively influencing innocent children.
Source: www.dailyheritage.com.gh/Muftaw Mohammed