The former youth organizer and current national organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, has been appointed as the director general of the National Lottery Authority (NLA).
His appointment has been approved by the Council of State, in line with the law governing the appointment of the head of the NLA organization.
Until his latest appointment, he also served as the board chairman of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), a specialized government agency which has a mandate to co-ordinate and facilitate employment opportunities for young people in Ghana.
Mr. Awuku is expected to resign from his position as NPP national organizer.
Mr. Awuku takes over from the former Director General, Kofi Osei Ameyaw, who was directed by President Akufo-Addo on the 10th of March 2021, in a letter signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, to hand over to the Finance Director, Ernest Mortey, after his one-year contract elapsed in February.
Mr. Awuku is joining the NLA months after staff of the authority threatened to withdraw their services over challenges the authority was going through that led to the non-payment of lottery wins for several months. The workers in March 2021 also said the poor management of the authority also resulted in the inability to pay salaries for the month of February 2021. The National Labour Commission subsequently stepped in and directed the workers to abort their threats.
He holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany, a certificate in public leadership from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the United States and a diploma of higher education in law from the University of London.
He also holds a postgraduate certificate in public administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a postgraduate certificate in advertising, marketing and public relations from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and a BA in political science and psychology from the University of Ghana, Legon.