NLA Board Chair, Mr. Titus Charlie NLA Board Chair, Mr. Titus Charlie

Report: NLA Board Chairman - Welcomes Audit But With Objection

Credible sources close to the Board Chairman of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Mr. Titus Charlie, have hinted that he(Charlie)has not seen or received copy of the General Auditing Commission(GAC) Audit Management Letter, which was reportedly sent to the NLA’s Management a fortnight ago for official response.

According to the well-placed sources within officialdom, Board Chairman Charlie has not seen or received copy of the GAC Audit Management Letter and has expressed red flag over the audit process.

Among other things, the GAC was established in 2011 with a vision to create a world-class Supreme Audit Institution(SAI) that holds people and institutions accountable for their stewardship of public resources and programs, while the NLA is clothed with the authority to supervise games of chance which have been listed as including raffles, numbers games, casinos, slot machines or promotional competitions or any scheme, system or arrangement that results in the distribution of a prize by chance.

The GAC Management Letter, which has since been leaked to media, covers the years 2015 – 2019.

Accordingly, the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, divulged that the GAC did not send the NLA Board Chairman Charlie a formal communication prior and after the Management Letter was sent concerning the ongoing audit of the NLA, and therefore, he(Charlie)could not comment on media inquiries about the said GAC Management Letter.

Among other things, the sources added that, while the NLA Board Chairman wholeheartedly welcomes the audit of the NLA in keeping with accountability and transparency, he pointed out that it would have been prudent had the GAC formally informed him and other members of the board about the audit , but regrettably, this never happened as it is traditionally done when conducting audits.

 

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