Lagos - The National Union of Lottery
Agents and Employees (NULAE) has threatened to go on strike if the management
of Premier Lotto Ltd fails to restore the parameters used by the workers to
carry out their official duties.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos reported that Premier Lotto
had blocked the parameters which the agents were using to discharge their
The parameter is a lotto gadget that gives access to a worker to perform his or
her daily duty. If it is blocked, it means that the worker has been sacked.
Mr Emeka Ekeh, Deputy General Secretary, NULAE, told NAN that principal union
officers and other workers have been blocked from accessing the parameters.
"We have given the company a seven-day ultimatum that will expire tomorrow,
after which the union will embark on an industrial action against the sack,’’
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He recalled that on March 9, Premier Lotto had sent bulk SMS to all its agents
(workers) against the union, for embracing the data capturing of its lottery
According to him, the data capturing is a directive of the Federal Government
through the Nigeria Lottery Commission, as a measure to sanitise the industry
and attract investors.
He said that the union would not condone anti-labour activities in the company,
noting that efforts to dialogue with the company had not yielded any positive
Ekeh cautioned that the company should restore the parameters and unblock the
winning agents unconditionally, to avoid any industrial action.
NAN gathered that Premier Lotto is involved in sports betting with about 30