By:brightwebtv.com/nana asare barimah
The proliferation of sports betting centres in various parts of the country has been a major source of worry to stakeholders considering the number of Ghanaian youth who are becoming addicted to gambling.
Executive Director of Irbard Security Consult, Mr. Irbard Ibrahim is advocating for a shutdown of all these centres as a way of giving hope to the Ghanaian youth.
“The state should shut down all sports betting centers and give hope to our youth through education and outreach. Life isn’t a game of chance. Don’t gamble away your life through sports betting”, he observed.
In May last months, the Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) dropped hints of banning gambling and sports betting on campus with a warning that culprits found engaging in the practice will now be rusticated for a year.
The decision was arrived after an academic board meeting held last Thursday, May 2.
A source at the board of the school told Kumasi-based Ultimate FM, “the University or any of its department hereafter shall not accept any donation or sponsorship package from any betting company for any program on the Science and technology campus.”
“The University Information Technology Service (UITS) has hence been instructed to block all betting websites from the University’s WIFI accessible to all students’’.
Management believes gambling among students on campus is gaining roots and distracting them from their core objective.
Sports betting is fast becoming a major stay among Ghanaian youth with many investing their finances and emotions in the English Premier League and the Barclays Championship.