By Yinka Adeniran, Ibadan
No fewer than six gaming centres within Ibadan, the Oyo State capital city has been shut down by the State Gaming Board for violating the rule of allowing underage betting, especially students in uniforms during school period.
The Oyo State Government had earlier declared that it was illegal for children under eighteen years of age to participate in gaming, warning that any gaming center found guilty of allowing such or operates without proper registration would be sealed by the State Gaming Board.
The Director General, Oyo State Gaming Board, Mr Olajide Boladuro made the disclosures after an enforcement exercise embarked upon by the Board on the need for gaming centers to cooperate with Government on gaming law and to ensure proper registration and remittance of levies and dues to the state coffers.
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According to the Director General, 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.
He explained further that the Board was also out to seal illegal gaming center operators and to ensure payment of levies and dues by defaulters.
Boladuro 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 Director General used the opportunity to appreciate those that have complied and encouraged them not to relent in continuing to support the State government to achieve a desirable society and an economically viable environment.