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About Sierra Leone State Lottery Company (SLSLC)

Background

As contained in its Memorandum and Articles of Association, SLSLC was established under the Companies Act, (CAP 249 of the laws of Sierra Leone, 1960) on the 10th December, 1962 to provide affordable and varied games of chance to the majority of Sierra Leoneans.

The Sierra Leone State Lottery Company (SLSLC) is still proudly keeping its head above the parapet in a tough economic, competitive and unregulated environment where few other similar establishments have managed to survive. Due to past and current satisfactory sales performance, SLSLC can now pride itself of total assets strength of well over fifteen billion Leones nationwide. Although on revaluation of the Company’s fixed assets, total assets can be estimated at over forty billion Leones. This includes: the Tower Hill Office, Siaka Steven Street Office, Bo Office, Makeni Office, Land at Lakka and Port Loko and the Instant Lottery House in Bo.

In recent times, and spurred on by a desire for innovation, these varied games of chance (also known as lotteries and betting games) have gradually increased from the popular Mini 5 (now rebranded as Mini 5 double); Kick Po; Wheel of Fortune, State Bingo and Pik 6/49 to the newly introduced and challenging Odds Sports Betting (meaning all sports including football, tennis, athletics, basket ball, boxing etc), Pik 3 (now rebranded as Match 3), Lucky Goals (a fun game commonly known as scratch scratch) and The Big One (an internationally recognised and widely accepted game also known as El Gordo) have turned out to be very popular with football fans, youths and middle class punters. These games also help players to be more mathematically oriented.

SLSLC continues to inspire respect in the betting and lottery industry as a result of the keen attention it pays to transparency, accountability and fairness in its operations. No other lottery company in Sierra Leone can compete with the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company for being well regulated and responsible, fair, honest, random, and transparent in their operations.

Board and Management Structure

The SLSLC Board is comprised of the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Six Board of Directors including the Managing Director. The National Commission for Privatisation Oversight Member and Lennap Services Limited Corporate Secretary are in attendance.

The Management team is comprised of a well notable and experienced Senior and Middle Managers with approximately forty years combined wealth of experience in the lottery and betting industry, increasing sales revenue and quality management. This experience is underpinned in a broad range of operational management areas – planning and organisational, marketing, sales and human resource management.

The Management team includes the Managing Director (MD); a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Fellow Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) with management, sales and marketing background, Director of Finance (DF); Qualified and Fellow Chartered Accountant, Director of Operations (DO); ACCA final, Director of Marketing (DM); ACCA final and Four Middle Managers – Financial Accountant (FA); ACCA final, Administration/Procurement Manager (APM); MBA, and Internal Auditor (IA); ACCA final.

The remaining sixty (60) staff is comprised of twenty one Supervisors and thirty nine (39) Junior Staff.

Operations

Due to increasing demand of Lotto draws from our customers and the Company’s strategic plans to improve and satisfy our customers’ needs for best customer service, the Company has now transformed its fifty years of manual operations to automation on the 23rd September, 2013.

This World Class USSD based communication system of operations with the use of yellow vending machines has saved the Company from the exorbitant cost of printing tickets to utilizing thermal rolls. It affords the provision of prompt payment of winnings and multiple draws per day amongst its core competencies. The system will also provide an anticipated competitive advantage of taking the game to the playing public with effective communication covering the entire country with the exceptional portability of the vending machine.

The system was provided by a South African Company called African Innovations Limited (AIL) through a Joint Venture Agreement spanning a period of five years.

Also, as a means of attracting more customer base, all Lotto draws have now been relocated to our modernized lottery and betting draw hall at Siaka Stevens Street Head Office.

Consequently, the newly renovated lottery and betting draw hall is strategically located and suitable for the majority of our surrounding customers and retailers. It is intended by Management to conduct more games on a regular basis in order to contest with our competitors.

For the purposes of transparency, accountability and fairness, all Lotto draws are usually conducted at Siaka Stevens Street Head Office in the presence of Management, Playing Public and Representatives from the Judiciary, the Law Enforcement, Banking Institution, the Citizenry & the Retailers Association.

Other operations include; occasional appearances on ‘We Yus’ and biweekly talk shows on Fridays and Saturdays on Universal Radio FM 98.7, Radio Democracy 98.1 FM and Citizen Radio FM 103.7.

It is envisaged that in the near future, draws will be conducted periodically in the Provincial Head Quarters as well as enabling the Company’s ability to fulfilling its key objectives to augment government’s effort in the areas of Health, Education and other good causes.

Achievements

Before the outbreak of civil conflict in Sierra Leone and to date, SLSLC had made a name for itself in the area of corporate social responsibility. It made massive contributions to good causes in the field of education and health, sports and community projects by offering scholarships to deserving students, building schools, donations and supply of equipment to hospitals, colleges and community base organisations.

The following projects were prominent and single handedly sponsored from the nineties to date:

  • Sponsored Leone Stars Football team during Zone 2 tournament in 1994).
  • Paid dividends of over a billion Leones in the consolidated revenue coffers.
  • Paid taxes of over a billion Leones to government.
  • Built water dam for medical students at the College of Medicine.
  • Refurbished the Fourah Bay College (FBC) Student Union building.
  • Provided furniture for the Njala University College hostels on relocation to Bo after the war.
  • Introduced School Aid Programme for Schools in Tertiary and Colleges thereby creating avenues for shared scholarships across the country.
  • Launched Satellite television facilities for all wards at 34 Hospital, Wilberforce, provided water dispensers & renovation of annexe at Connaught Hospital and mattresses, cooking items and blankets for the King Georges Home.
  • Bought a brand new bus for Milton Margai School for the blind.
  • Sponsored the National Cricket Team.
  • Recently refurbished State House and Mile 38 Security check points (posts).
  • Received six meritorious awards including NRA most compliance gambling and betting taxpayer for 2013.

Opportunities

Other lottery and betting companies can pay royalties to SLSLC as it is in the UK, Ghana, Senegal and other African countries. Camelot (UK) and Ghana National Lotteries are suitable examples with full government support. In doing so, it empowers indigenous state owned institutions to gain a competitive edge and also provide direct revenue to government in the form of dividends and taxes.

SLSLC can use its licenses through a Joint Venture agreement to expand on SMS mobile lottery, automation and increase in Point of Sales.

Names of Board of Directors
Alhaji Mohamed Dondondo Bangura – Chairman
Haja Kadie Sawyerr – Director
Mr. Soulay Touray – Director
Mr. Victor Remoe Doherty – Director
Mr. Ernestus Coker – Director
Mr. Yahya Labay Kamara – Director

Mrs. Joan S. Benya – Director
Mr. Charles S. Kamara – Managing Director

Miss. Josephine Ansumana – NCP Rep.

Mrs. Rakiatu Tholley – C/O Lennap Services Limited

Names of Management
Mr. Charles S. Kamara CMgr, FCMI – Managing Director
Mr. Amadu Dumbuya FCCA – Director of Finance
Mr. Beresford Bournes Coker – Director of Operations
Mr. John Rogers – Director of Marketing
Mr. Donald Bright – Financial Accountant
Mr. Fayia Karimu – Internal Auditor
Mr. Abdul Deen – Administration/Procurement Manager