On Gaming and underage children.
The country is again witnessing a proliferation of gambling centres at a very alarming rate. This can be observed in many parts of the urban areas where lotto gaming centres keep propping here and there.
Granted, this is legal – and, putting aside the morality (or the lack of it) of this issue – one should be concerned that the regulatory mechanisms seem to be a little slipshod if there are at all.
It is common to pass by a gaming centre and see many children going in and out gleefully. It is likely that they play this a lot, and for long hours daily as well.
It is well-known that in most cases, it is the young people who are more interested in this activity. This has many inherent dangers which should be kept in view by the authorities in the country.
The addiction to gambling – which is a likely outcome of young people frequenting the gaming centres – may send the wrong signal to the young that it is easy to get money and thus discourage them from the spirit of hard work which is the only thing that can bring about development in a country. Gambling promotes laziness which is a recipe for underdevelopment.
The other disadvantage of gambling in this case is that if regulations (age and others) are not fully enforced, it is likely to deter children from going to school to pursue their education. This will increase the number of