Nigerians have been urged to embrace crowd funding as a means of funding charity in the country. The Chairman Citizens lottery , Nick Awule made the call during the presentation of the lottery to journalists at the NUJ press center Abuja.
According to Awule, Citizen’s lottery is a crowd funding mechanism, we are going to Nigerians to say we can raise fund for charity in Nigeria without going cap in hand begging foreign donors.
He said the object is to get Nigerians to through the one hundred naira spent on tickets, gather funds in quantum that can be channeled towards developing their communities.
Awule explained that the proceeds from the tickets will be split into three baskets, one for the prize money, the second for the cost of operations and the third for charity.
An assistant Director National lottery regulatory commission ,Anagozeng Bassey said Citizens lottery has met all the regulatory requirements of the commission.
” The problem Nigerians are facing is that in most cases they get involved in illegal lotteries and that is one of the banes the country is really fighting”.
The lottery was demonstrated to all presents with tickets bought at the venue and a draw conducted. Two Journalists who bought tickets for one hundred naira each, carted home, ten thousand naira each.
An associate of the Chairman Barrister Mike Utsaha expressed confidence in Citizen lottery citing the antecedents of the Chairman.
“I take the liberty today, therefore, to pay glowing tribute to my friend and brother Rev. Nick Agule for yet another accomplishment, and for his untiring effort in the promotion of the common good.
“In his celebrated apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium issued November 14 2013, the Holy Father Pope Francis admonishes Bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and Catholic lay faithful to a life of mission”.
“This is how the Holy Father captures it: “I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are. Mere administration can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be permanently in a state of mission”.
“One person who seems to have practically demonstrated a looming understanding of this admonition is Rev. Nick Agule”.
The Citizens lottery is expected to hold a National draw, the winner of which is expected to go home with one million naira.