Hassan Ayariga, the founder and head of the All People’s Congress (APC), has declared that if elected president of the nation, he will outlaw sports betting.
The blunt-spoken lawmaker has been running for president of Ghana since 2012 and is getting ready to run again in the upcoming election.
When asked what he thought about sports betting, Ayariga claimed he would prohibit it if he were elected president and that gambling and betting were only for sluggish individuals.
Speaking in an interview with 3Fm, which was monitored by 1Family Radio, he said that gambling is for slothful people and should not be promoted to Ghanaian youth, who he felt should focus their energies on other worthwhile endeavors.
“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.
“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?” he asked.
Over the past ten years, Ghana’s betting market has experienced phenomenal expansion, prompting numerous betting businesses to establish their operations across the country.
The government’s recent implementation of a 10 percent deduction tax on gaming, betting, and lottery wins has caused a great deal of public outrage.