Godwin Edudzie Tamakloe is Director of Legal Affairs for the NDC
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Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, Director of Legal Affairs for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has criticised the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, for his comments indicating that indulging in betting and lottery breeds laziness.

The Majority Leader, Kyei Mensah-Bonsu in his justification for government to tax bet winnings said betting and lottery are lazy adventures and if not regulated, they will corrupt the youth in Ghana.

According to him, betting does not encourage hard work but rather teaches people to engage in lazy activities.

“I don’t believe in betting. I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work and sweating to get money. Let’s be serious. As for me, I’m against betting coming into the country. I don’t support it because it doesn’t encourage hard work.

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“As an individual, I don’t engage in lottery because I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe in luck. Work hard so God will bless it,” he said on Kumasi-based Angel FM.

Reacting to the issue, Mr. Edudzi Tamakloe said the leader’s comments are unfounded and should be retracted immediately.

“The Ghanaian youth has never been lazy and so to attach laziness to the Ghanaian youth is completely unfortunate, reckless and he must withdraw that statement,” he told journalists Saturday, August 26, 2023, at Ellembele in the Western region.

He emphasized on the youths’ contribution towards the development of the country in various sectors.

“If you go the length and breath of this country, if it’s about agriculture, young people, timber and construction, young people, industrialization, young people so for you to say that young people are lazy because some people engage in betting and others, then you don’t understand the contribution of young people to the development of this country. It’s unfortunate that you go on that unfortunate tangent,” he indicated.

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