This paper is receiving complaints from some employees of newly established sports betting company GoBet231, located at Palm Spring Hotel Resort in Congo Town, outside Monrovia of unpaid salaries.
The employees, who beg not to be identified, have complained of working without pay from the management for the past three months.
They allege that they have only survived on little stipends in the past months, creating hardship for them and their families.
According to the employees, they were hired by the Management of GoBet231 and allegedly promised to receive salary at the end of every month.
However, they narrate that after working for over three months, including the preparation period for the opening of the betting outlets, management has allegedly only given them little stipends with promises upon promises to pay salaries.
The aggrieved employees lament that they are going through severe hardship as a result of the company’s alleged failure to pay salaries owed them.
GoBet231 is owned and operated by Palm Springs Resort in Congo Town, an entity that itself is said to be besieged with workers publicly demonstrating in demand for salaries, spanning several months.
According to some workers of GoBet231, they are victims of empty promises as are their counterparts at the Palm Spring Hotel where they have worked for so many months without pay from management.
The workers report that the lack of their salary payment so early in the company’s operations has them worried as to the financial viability of the entity, wondering whether the company will be able to pay legitimate winners when customers play.
It may be recalled that several weeks ago, concern were raised from various quarters in society regarding what appeared to be series of illegal activities occurring at the National Lottery Authority regarding the issuance of sport betting licenses to entities without first conducting due diligence and verifying their financial abilities.
GoBet231 allegedly received sports betting license to operate in Liberia without immediately paying into government revenue required license fees.
Instead, it was alleged that the National Lottery Authority and GoBet231 reached an understanding to grant the license in advance while payment were to done on a stipulated basis.
There has been growing calls for Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor to urgently investigate what is allegedly happening at the Lottery Authority because she has oversight.
For past three days this paper has been making contacts with GoBet231 through phone calls and going to the company’s office from 21 January to 23 January, but the company has failed to respond so far.
On Monday, 21 January, our reporter was told to check back the next day – Tuesday, 22 January because administration had allegedly gone out of the office by then.
Again on Tuesday, 22 January, our reporter visited GoBet231 head office when some employees, including a Nigerian national, who claims to be the Operation Director, began making mockery of our reporter.
The Nigerian later introduced our reporter to the owner of the entity. However, a man who our reporter encountered refused to mention his name, but issued threats that he would sue lot of media institutions for bad mouthing his company.
The unidentified man later referred our reporter to company Spokesman Woods Nyonton, though the spokesperson would tell our reporter to return at 7pm for the company’s side of the story on Tuesday.
Yet the company failed to give its response, and instead indicated that it would have responded on Wednesday in the morning.
Throughout Wednesday, the company did not give its response to this paper in spite of efforts made by our reporter ranging from phone calls to going to the company’s office to hear their side.
By Ben P. Wesee –Edited by Winston W. Parley