The intentions of government to clamp down on sports betting activities has been revealed by Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso, Dr. Stephen Amoah.
The MP announced that plans are far advanced to deal with young men who illegally partake in this activity as well as persons below 18 years.
Dr. Stephen Amoah said that a by-law has been drafted to that effect and will soon commence by assembly authorities.
Speaking on the effect of sports betting and what the by-law seeks to achieve, he said the move is to reduce criminal activities among the youth.
“What we are going to do now in Nhyieaso is that children below 18 years will be arrested at betting organizations if they engage in betting, we will also arrest children possessing or buying alcohol and other hard substances. We will arrest them even when they are sent by their parents,” he noted on Abusua FM in Kumasi.
“And one important strategy we are going to deploy is by telling children to always show their ID cards when engaging in any of these, if they’re below 18 we will arrest them as done elsewhere”.
“The time children will say Manchester United will score Chelsea, Chelsea will score Liverpool, I will win this bet today, then we are there to arrest them,” he added.
The stance of the Member of Parliament and the government has angered some Ghanaians who depend on sports betting for a living.
Comments they made on social media were unpleasant.
Amidst insults and unprintable words, some concerned youth raised points that there is a high rate of unemployment in the country and sports betting is the only way to keep them from engaging in armed robbery.
They asked the MP what he suggests they use their time for since there are no jobs and they now have plans to clamp down on sports betting.