(JollofNews) – The Gambian regime of President Adam Barrow has lifted a presidential decree issued by his predecessor which banned lotteries, casinos and all forms of gambling in the small West African country.
The decision is part of the government’s plans to transform the Gambia into an attractive hub for investors and to create employment opportunities for youths.
The ban on gambling was imposed two years by former President Yahya Jammeh to end the ‘unethical and exploitative businesses’ as well as to safeguard and promote the welfare of the Gambian people.
Speaking at the time of the ban, Mr Jammeh said sports betting and gambling dens have in recent years mushroomed all over the country and pupils including seven year-olds often line at kiosks during school hours and spend their ‘lunch money’ on sports betting tickets. He added that many families now often go hungry because household incomes are wagered in gambling dens
He added that as Gambian society was built on the foundations of promoting positive social values like thrift and integrity rather than negative ones like greed and avarice, it is the duty of his government to safeguard and promote the welfare of his people.
The Gambling industry is one of the highest employers in the Gambia. The industry employs thousands of youths with decent wages and also pays millions in tax to the government.