By Sola Alabadan
The Managing Director of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mr. Olaotan Soyinka has reassured that the customers of the company that the organisation will continue to enhance their everyday lives, while also creating exceptional value for its shareholders.
Soyinka, who was represented by Deputy General Manager, Sales & Corporate Communications, Mr. Segun Bankole, gave this assurance at the inauguration of the new executive members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) in Lagos on Thursday. The event was sponsored by Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc.
He pointed out that Sovereign Trust is committed to innovative products and services that will improve the lives of customers even as it has created an enhanced Third Party Motor insurance policy for the insuring public.
He emphasised that: “Our mission is to enhance the everyday life of our customers through innovative insurance and financial services, while creating exceptional value for our shareholders.
“As an organisation, we have been driven by our vision and mission and that attest to the fact that some of the profitable oil and gas businesses in the country, we can beat our chest that we are one of the proud underwriters in that regard.”
On the enhanced Third Party Motor insurance, Soyinka said: “In terms of innovation, we have the product called the Enhanced Third Party Motor Insurance. We thought of the usual third party whereby when a claim occurs; it is only the third party that gets the benefit of having his or her vehicle repaired. But with our enhanced third party, which is just N7,500 per annum, you have the third party being insured in case of any damage to the tune of N1 million and the insured himself or herself has that limit of liability up to the tune of N500, 000.”
According to Soyinka, the reason for the enhanced third party motor cover is to ensure that the teeming customers of the Insurance firm are adequately protected.
“What was the reason behind the enhanced third party motor cover? You will agree with me that economic wise, the country is not smiling. So we lost people who would rather not continue with their insurance due to the economic situation of the country. So we deemed it fit that instead of losing a particular client, we should still be able to keep them in our dragnet. So customers will still have the feel that they have insurance. Although it is not comprehensive, but at least the customer is still covered.”
Soyinka stressed that Sovereign Trust will continue to support NAIPCO, adding “You will recall that one of our journalists recently had an accident. Incidentally, he has a third party policy with us, but the person that bashed his car has a third party with another company. We have been trying to see how we can help him get his claims sorted out as fast as possible. Extending that hand of fellowship is so critical to the success of our organisation. We do not in any way underestimate what you represent in the Nigerian society as journalists. So we are solidly behind you and will continue to support you as an association.”
Meanwhile, the following officers were inaugurated to pilot the affairs of the Association for the next two years: Nkechi Naeche-Esezobor, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Business Today (Chairman); Ngozi Onyeakusi, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Super News Online (Vice Chairman); Rosemary Iwunze, Insurance/Pension Editor, Vanguard Newspaper (General Secretary).
Others are Edet Udoh, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, the Revealer Online (Assistant General Secretary); Adejoke Adeyemi, Insurance and Pension Editor, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) (Treasurer); Matthew Otoijagha, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Business Wrap Online (Financial Secretary); and Amaka Obiefuna, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, News Corner Online (Public Relations Officer).
NAICOM Counsels Edo Government, Residents, To Embrace Insurance
Elumelu Charges Insurance Brokers To Lead War Against Unethical Practices
By Sola Alabadan
The Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Tony Elumelu, has charged the Nigerian Council Of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) to lead the war against unethical practices, such as: premium rate cutting, delayed premium remittance, unremitted premium, overloading of premium, returned premium, fake documents, that have been the bane of the nation’s insurance industry for years.
Elumelu, who gave this charge during the 60th Anniversary celebration of NCRIB in Lagos on Thursday, listed other unethical practices to include:
fraudulent claims, collusion to defraud, mis-selling, unhealthy competition, misrepresentations, manipulation of policy conditions, self-enrichment methods disguised as marketing expenses, among others.
While the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) continues to play its role as the industry regulator, he said the NCRIB, as a body, must ensure that appropriate sanctions are imposed on any of its members found engaging in unethical practices.
He also advocated for the recapitalisation of the brokerage industry in our country, saying the minimum capital base should be increased to N50 million, noting that N5 million is not enough as capital base.
In the area of Governance, he said the industry need to enforce strict adherence to corporate governance by all NCRIB members, while weeding out non-registered and non-compliant members from its fold.
He said the non-registered brokers are the ones tarnishing the image of the broking profession and the industry at large.
Elumelu called on the insurance operators to create more awareness about insurance and showcase the value of insurance to the public, promoting participation, most especially in the retail space.
Insurance brokers, he added, need to participate fully in this drive to bridge the insurance knowledge gap if the industry is desirous to make insurance attractive to Nigerians.
As the insurance brokers have been recognised as corporate insurance specialists, he stated that “It is high time the brokers community began to shift focus to retail because this is where the future of insurance lies in Nigeria. Brokers have the capacity to lead in this area.”
While pointing out that innovation and disruptive practices cannot occur if the operators do not broaden their thinking, he said “Trying to make profits from existing lines is not going to deepen insurance penetration, rather we must look at the blue ocean opportunities.
“This is something I task the management of the insurance companies to constantly think of in product development and deployment.”
To remain relevant in the modern business arena, the insurance broker community and, by extension, the entire Nigerian insurance industry, must embrace technology fully, he further advised.
Besides, he said there is urgent need to develop the next generation of talent to serve the Nigerian insurance industry.
He emphasised that the broker community should rally and become the hub for the education and training of our youths to get qualified talent for the next phase of the industry, adding that “We need to raise the profile of our insurance professionals, make it attractive for the younger generation.”
Leadway Graduate Trainee Programme Graduates 30 Young Professionals
Leadway Assurance Company Limited has graduated 34 young professionals following their successful completion of the company’s 2022 Graduate Trainee Programme, and the successful trainees have been inducted into its diverse business portfolios.
The six-month programme equips young graduates with the relevant skill set required to thrive in the dynamic and ever-evolving workforce.
The training modules dealt with problem-solving, networking, technical and soft skills, workplace culture, digital proficiency for self-development, and professional capabilities preparing the trainees to serve in different departments across the diverse verticals of the business.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony recently, Managing Director of Leadway Assurance, Tunde Hassan-Odukale, stated that the Graduate Trainee programme aligns with the organisation’s corporate twin mandate of providing career opportunities and upskilling Nigeria’s growing young, vibrant and productive population. The programme also strengthens its workforce with the right talent pool for its ambitious growth objectives.
“Our people are the centre-point of our continued marketplace performance and at the core of the organisation’s value creation. So, it is pertinent that we house the best talents in the industry to drive our objectives within the frames of our values and in alignment with the company’s vision and leadership position in the African insurance marketplace.
The Leadway Graduate Trainee Programme is designed to achieve a sustained pool of the required elite skills and talents by initiating young, promising, dynamic, future-centric minds into a comprehensive upskilling process that tunes them towards actualising the mandate of advancing our esteemed ethos.
“We are optimistic that the skills, innovation, and creativity that this programme unleashes satisfy the expectations of our cultural, strategic and operational requirements. We are confident that the training and onboarding of these young professionals further validates our profile as a youth-oriented and future-forward organisation.
“I would like to congratulate and celebrate the 2022 Leadway Graduate Trainees. Their successful induction is a testament to the tenacity, hard work, and commitment deployed during the six-month rigorous tutelage”, he added.