Six gaming centres within the capital of Oyo State, Ibadan has been shut down by the State Gaming Board for violating rules centred around the prevention of gambling activities amongst underaged youth.
The State Government had earlier put out a statement “prohibiting youths under the age of 18 years from engaging in any activity pertaining gambling” warning that any gaming centre violating this statement without proper registration will be shut down by the authorities.
Mr Olajide Boladuro, the Director-General of the Oyo State Gaming Board (pictured right) made this statement after the board began implementing the need for gaming centres to work hand in hand with the government on gaming laws to ensure proper compliance on regulations and payments of tax to the government.
He further said that most gaming centres had been served letters of warning to desist from allowing underage participation in-game activities explaining that “the board was also out to seal illegal gaming centre operators to ensure payment of levies and dues by defaulters.”
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 sensitization still persisted.
The Director-General also praised the operators who have complied with the regulations and have stood firm against illegal gaming activities.
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