By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The Bauchi state House of Assembly has passed a bill banning all forms of gambling, ownership and operations of gaming centres and machines in the state.
A member representing Lere/Bula state Constituency, Aminu Tukur told newsmen after their sitting in Bauchi that the law seeks to ban all forms of gambling and its operations in the state.
He said the bill was co-sponsored by 10 others who want the law to be cited as the gambling and gaming machines prohibition law in the state.
Other co-sponsors of the bill are the Speaker of Bauchi state Assembly, Kawuwa Shehu Damina (Darazo); Maryam Bagel (Dass); Salisu Ajilanga (Gamawa); Ibrahim Hassan (Duguri); Yusuf Dadiye, Yusuf Nuhu (Ganjuwa); Idris Idris (Dambam); Abdullahi Abdulkadir (Bura); Garba Musa (Sakwa) and Markus Makama (Bogoro state Constituency).
According to Tukur, the law passed first, second reading and third reading, adding that “the bill would ensure that gambling is not only banned, but will sanitise the morality of our youth and children.”
The lawmaker said both Islam and Christianity does not encourage or support gambling which is termed as waste of funds as it also encourages immorality in the society.
Tukur, who added that the bill if signed into law rectify the bad norms and culture created by gambling, thereby, reducing the menace of social vices that have taken over the society.
He said the law provide that any gaming machines be it electronically or otherwise, found in a place after three months of the commencement of the law shall be forfeited to the state government.