In a move to address the rising concerns and harm occasioned by in Nigeria, the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers (ANB), the umbrella trade group for the sports betting industry, recently organized a breakfast meeting in collaboration with Gamble Alert.
The event brought together gaming operators to discuss and strategize on ways to prevent and treat gambling addiction.
At the meeting, held at the ANB’s office, the CEO of Gamble Alert, Fisayo Oke, presented the organisation’s ongoing initiatives and notable achievements in the fight against gambling addiction with the help of ANB. Oke began by shedding light on Gamble Alert’s extensive efforts in public sensitization on responsible gaming and the provision of treatment support for individuals grappling with gambling-related issues such as addiction.
One of the focal points of Oke’s presentation was Gamble Alert’s commitment to evidence-based intervention through groundbreaking research. He emphasized the importance of understanding the root cause of gambling addiction to tailor effective preventive measures and treatment programmes.
Following the insightful presentation, members of the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers engaged in a robust deliberation on enhancing the existing partnership between ANB and Gamble Alert, especially in the provision of treatment to problem gamblers. Some of the ideas proffered ranged from signposting Gamble Alert’s helpline on various platforms to joint awareness campaigns, etc.
Mrs Olabimpe Akingba, the executive secretary of ANB, expressed her commitment to the responsible gaming cause.
“As key players in the gaming industry, we recognize our responsibility to address the potential harms associated with our activities, hence our commitment to responsible gaming,” said Akingba. “Our partnership with Gamble Alert allows us to contribute meaningfully to the well-being of our customers and the community at large.”
This collaborative effort marks a significant step forward in the Nigerian gaming industry’s commitment to social responsibility and the well-being of its patrons.
The breakfast meeting concluded with an air of optimism as industry leaders expressed their collective determination to create a safer and more responsible gaming environment in Nigeria. As the collaboration between the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers and Gamble Alert gains momentum, it has set a noteworthy example for similar partnerships globally in the ongoing fight against gambling harm.