It has been observed that a number of children who are under the age of 18 years are into serious gambling, but nobody has taken seriously the vice they have taken to.
A miniature of a jackpot machine which has become very common at stores, barbering shops, fast-food joints, and all other places a thing is sold, is what has facilitated the gambling the children are into. The jackpot machine demands that coins be put into it, a button is pressed and when one is fortunate, few coins are withdrawn to you by the machine as your reward.
The reward of coins of this miniature jackpot popularly called by some people locally as “babala -jackop”,“chacha”,or “gadome” has compelled adults and, worryingly, children to be involved in the gambling services the jackpot machine offers. It will astonish you that some of these miniature jackpot machines have the inscription “not for people below the age of 18 years”, nevertheless it is children who dominate participation of this gambling offered by the “chacha”,better still, “gadome” machine.
It is sad to know that some of the children steal money from their parents to gamble. Others starve to be able to reserve their upkeep money given for school by their parents.
It hurts to see children under the age of 12 years who run out of coins as they gamble and due to the insatiability of their desire to win more coins, go home to search for more money to gamble. Now, if a child runs out of money and leaves for the house for money, where do you think the child will get the money from? As a child, if your parents don’t give you money, where will the money come from? I am not sure many parents will encourage their wards to engage in gambling; therefore, it is obvious the children steal monies to enjoy the gambling services of the jackpot machine.
I was again shocked to see that operators of this jackpot machines would not drive children who come to gamble away, even when it is boldly written on the machine that-it is not for those who are under the age of 18. What could be the cause? Most definitely, lack of morality, and insatiability of money .Every penny counts in business, but I wonder why there is greed to accrue monies from children by getting them engaged in a vice like this.
And I ask, have the authorities in the cities seen the involvement of some children in this form of gambling? Those who have acquired these smaller jackpot machines for businesses, do they have permit to deal in this sort of gambling?
I know some gambling activities do have a permit to operate in the country. How about these ones too? I know, once others are given permit to operate other gambling activities, this could possibly be considered and operate; however, I want to urge the authorities of the law that, as I have brought to light the unlicensed business of gambling some citizens are engaging in, when they finally go after them (operators of the jackpot machines),for them to follow due process before rendering gambling services, authorities should sternly ensure, monitor constantly that children are not involved in it.
The involvement of children will pervert and debase children who are incontrovertibly, the hope of children of our land. This article fleshes up my article titled “Youth of Ghana in lottery: can the future be depended on lottery?”.
Indeed, gone are the days, because I learnt an elderly could chastise a child who has gone wayward in the olden days, but now, everybody is careless; who are you to rebuke a son or daughter of another? This is what has led to a pervasive generation, to the extent that, what adults used to hide and engage in, now children are delightedly doing it in the open. What a world we live in.
Those miniature gambling machines should be taken out of the system if it is illegal. If it is not, authorities should make sure it is not in the reach of children, so that the temptation of the children to engage in thievery of money from sources best known to the children will be curbed; for we need children who are morally upright to hand the nation Ghana to in the future.