Lagos Lotteries Board receives ISO certifications

As part of efforts to maintain its status as the foremost gaming regulator in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) has received International Standards Organisation (ISO) 27001 and 9001 certifications to strengthen its operational capability.

As part of efforts to maintain its status as the foremost gaming regulator in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSLB) has received International Standards Organisation (ISO) 27001 and 9001 certifications to strengthen its operational capability.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lagos State Lotteries Board, Mr. Bashir Are, who disclosed on Thursday while speaking on the planned activities of the Board, stated that the certification was issued by PECB, an ISO/IEC 17024 accredited certification body that provides education and certification against internationally recognised standards as established by ISO.

According to him, ISO/IEC 27001 assists organisations to understand the practical approaches and methodologies that are involved in the implementation of an Information Security Management System, while ISO 9001 (Quality Management) is specifically designed to serve as a guiding framework for organisations of all sizes and industries as it provides a firm customer focus, such as delivering qualitative goods and services that subsequently leads to customer satisfaction.

Are said, “These certifications were approved in recognition of LSLB’s compliance with internationally acceptable standards. In preparation for the ISO certifications, LSLB had to transform its processes to the required standards and trained its personnel, while champions were appointed from each department to lead the new ethos in line with the acceptable ISO standards”.

He disclosed that the attainment of the ISO certifications exemplifies LSLB’s commitment towards continuous business process improvement and resilient operations, declaring that the certification is also a demonstration of the commitment of LSLB to boost the confidence of prospective investors and promote the tourism and entertainment sectors of the State as encapsulated in the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

The Chief Executive Officer asserted that the certifications would amplify partnerships with international regulators and technical partners, saying “This signifies that our organisation operates with integrity, expertise and transparency”.

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A press statement by the Embassy on Friday, said: “During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Babagan Monguno, to discuss regional security issues and to express the command’s gratitude for the assistance provided during a hostage rescue operation last year.

“When we asked for their help, the Nigerian government answered the call. Our hostage recovery mission in October would have been impossible without their support.

“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

Nigeria is a key partner in countering violent extremist organizations throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

As close partners, the U.S. and Nigeria have worked at ensuring the collaborative relationship continues to grow to include a commitment to interoperability. Nigeria purchased 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, which will be delivered later this year.

“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

“Our security cooperation partnership with Nigeria’s military will strengthen the country’s capabilities to secure land and sea borders, enhance overall security, and combat terrorism in the North East.”

As part of the visit, Townsend participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Nigeria Military National Cemetery to honour those who have given their lives in the service of their nation.

During the visit, the delegation expressed their condolences for the seven service men killed in the crash of a Nigerian Air Force aircraft in Abuja.