In line with the federal government’s goal to engage Nigeria’s burgeoning youth population and alleviate poverty through generation of employment, Bet9ja, Nigeria’s preferred sports betting firm, is complementing the government’s efforts in creating jobs for young people through its operations across the country.
Speaking to newsmen recently, Ayo Ojuroye, the Managing Director and Co-Founder, Bet9ja, revealed that with its foothold across Nigeria, the firm currently employs over 40,000 Nigerians directly and indirectly.
According to Ojuroye, ” Bet9ja is MORE THAN A BET. We are focused on transforming lives, empowering the youth and contributing to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.”
He noted that through its operations it is engaging more young people to operate its pioneering agency outlets. Beyond signing them up as agents, the company provides ongoing training, capacity building programme and access to top-notch technology.
“Bet9ja is empowering youths one agent unit and one stake at a time,” he stated. The Managing Director and Co-Founder said that the company will continue to seek ways to empower Nigerians economically so as to help more people achieve their dream of enhanced livelihood.
He also insisted that sports betting, as an industry, is involved directly and indirectly in efforts to curb unemployment as opportunities exist in gaming for several roles including oddsmakers, analysts, security, cashiers, among others.
Ojuroye noted the impact of these interventions has a ripple effect on the economy as employees/beneficiaries of the industry spend their wages in the broader economy – payment of rent, school fees, transportation, food and beverage, and entertainment.
On partnering with the government, he said that the company, in alignment with global best practice, pays it taxes, and other duties and levies to all levels government promptly
He noted that operators in the sports betting industry are already making a significant difference in the community where they operate by supporting projects that touch the passion of the youth such as sporting activities, cultural festivals and other socio-economic activities.
For instance, Bet9ja supports the growth of football development in Nigeria, through a partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to promote grassroots football development, he said.