Enact stringent laws to curb gambling- MP

March 18, 2017
Source: thebftonline.com/Ghana
Enact stringent laws to curb gambling- MP

The Member of Parliament for Assin South, Hon. Rev. John Ntim Fordjour is advocating  stringent laws to streamline the activities of betting companies in the country.

According to the MP, the rise in activities of the gambling centres scattered across the country is of grave concern which needs to be tackled holistically.

Hon. Fordjour,in a statement on the floor of parliament on Thursday 16 March, noted that betting was destructive to Ghana’s societal values.

“One other dimension that is very scary about this is that the advanced jurisdictions, from which these commercial gambling facilities emanate, have dedicated facilities to manage gambling-related disorders, psychological disorders. But here is a country [where] we are even struggling to run effectively our existing mental facilities, and so how then do we put in the needed intervention to curb this emerging trend? So, I’m of the view that as a country we are not resilient enough, we don’t have the capacity to contain these great ramifications and hazards that this trend potentially poses,” he stated.

“The Speaker of parliament has admitted that Parliament, in line with article 108, take up the amendment of relevant provisions to ensure that this menace is addressed… Yes, [gambling] is destructive to our societal values and something has to be done about it.”