Oyo State government has shut six gaming centers over underage patronage.
News Rain Nigeria reports that not less than six gaming centers have been shut down in Ibadan the Oyo State Capital over underage students patronage during school hours.
Declaring the closure of the six affected games centers, on Friday, the State Director General, of Gaming Board, Mr. Olajide Boladuro, stressed that most of the centers have been served with letters of warning for them to desist from allowing underage to participate in gaming or allow them in their premises.
Boladuro, during an enforcement exercise embarked upon by the Board on the need for Gaming centers to cooperate with the Government on gaming law and to ensure proper registration and remittance of levies and dues to the State coffers, maintained that six gaming centers within the Oyo State Capital were shut by the State Gaming Board for flouting rules of allowing underage betting, especially students in uniforms during the school period.
Oyo Shuts Six Ibadan Gaming Centers For Underage Betting
News Rain Nigeria recalled that the Oyo State Government had earlier declared that it was illegal for children under eighteen years to participate in gaming and any Gaming center found guilty of allowing such or operates without proper registration would be sealed by the State Gaming Board.
Mr. Boladuro stressed further that the Board was also out to seal illegal gaming center operators and to ensure payment of levies and dues by defaulters.
He said ‘’Most of the operators are aware that the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde frowned at underage gaming but most of them despite having being warned severally with letters and through media sensitizations still persisted.
The State Gaming Board Boss noted that some of these children even go to the centers with their school uniforms when they should be in school learning while some have turned those places into a hideout instead of going to school or be at home to help their parents.
He however maintained that the state still has many illegal Gaming center operators that are yet to register with the Board and thereby operating without a license, there are some that refused to pay up their levies and dues despite several letters of reminder served on them.
He said, for the government to fulfill all its financial obligations, all gaming centers as business owners need to remit their levies and to the rightful place as their civic duties, therefore, we implored the concerned gaming centers to cooperate with the government by fulfilling their statutory obligation as at when due.”