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I’ll cancel betting if I become president – Hassan Ayariga

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Founder and leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), Hassan Ayariga has denounced the idea of sports betting indicating that he would ban it should he be mandated to lead the country as president.

Sports betting and lottery have gained significance in the past few years with the youth heavily involved as a means of meeting their economic needs.

However, it brood divided opinions when the government of Ghana through the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) officially imposed a 10% tax on all winnings much to the chagrin of stakeholders and punters.

Ayariga, known for his poignant opinions has added his voice emphasising that betting is for the lazy and he wouldn’t condone it should he become president of Ghana.

“I will cancel betting [if I become president] because betting is an avenue for lazy people. Why do you bet? Because they have no jobs,” he said on 3FM.

“I will cancel betting, [and make it] illegal in my country. What do you mean by betting when I need young people like them to sit behind computers and design things and build a country where we have the highest technology in Ghana and the world?”

The outspoken political figure has been aspiring to assume leadership in Ghana since 2012 and is now preparing to compete in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for next year.

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