Ghanaian law maker, and member of parliament for Nyhiaeso, Dr. Stephen Amoah has revealed that Government is putting measures in place to clamp down on youth below 18 years engaged in sports betting.
According to the law maker steps are already in the advanced stage with a by-law already drafted to deal with the canker which is youth under the age of 18 engaged in betting activities and will soon be enforced by assembly activities.
He attributed the whole endeavor to his solemn pledge to fight the criminal activities on the rise in his constituency which he said is the practice the practice of predominantly the young in the constituency.
The MP said many children end up stealing from their parents and guardians in order to fund their betting activities something he believes some have even developed an addiction to.
Dr. Stephen Amoah said apart from restricting students from engaging in betting, the assembly will also be tasked with the duty of restraining minors from the purchase of alcoholic beverages and other hard substances.
“What we are going to do now in Nyhiaeso is that children below 18 years will be arrested at betting organizations if they engage in betting, we will also arrest children possessing or buying alcohol and other hard substances. We will arrest then even when they are sent by their parents.
“And one important strategy we are going to deploy is by telling children to always show their ID cards when engaging in any of these, if they are below 18 we will arrest them as done elsewhere” the MP said in an interview on Kumasi-based Abusua FM
“The time children will say Manchester United will score Chelsea, Chelsea will score liverpool, I will win this bet today, then we are there to arrest them”, he concluded