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Universal Insurance Records N4.1bn Income In First Half Of 2022

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By Sola Alabadan

Universal Insurance Plc records a total premium income of N 4.1 billion during the first half of 2022 ended 30th June 2022.

The Managing Director, Universal Insurance Plc, who spoke during inauguration of the new executive members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents in Lagos today, Benedict Ujoatuonu,
affirmed that the figure is more than a premium income of N3.4 billion achieved by the insurance company in the whole of year 2021.
The inauguration ceremony was was sponsored by Universal Insurance Plc.

While Universal Insurance has already paid N348 million during the first six months of the current year, the underwriting firm paid a total sum of N459 million as claims in 2021.

Dr. Ujoatuonu, who was represented by the Company’s Secretary and Head of Corporate Communications Department, Chinedu Onyilimba, stated that the company’s report for second half of 2022 showed a profit after tax of N796 million.

He said the performance was made possible as a result of aggressive moves in driving its business development especially by providing special tailor-made products in their retail operations.

“Our aggressive deployment of technology, especially in driving our retail operations as well as our business expansion which led to opening of new branches, enlargement of our marketing units which also led to the engagement of new staff made this possible,” the MD/CEO stated.

He said the company is poised to drive, achieve and surpass its N6.5 billion target set for 2022 despite harsh economic environment.

Dr. Ujaotuonu said the company, as part of its strategy, will continue in its business expansion to meet its target of making its products and services available to its prospective customers across the nation, noting that the firm is expanding its investment and leveraging technology to drive its retail operations.

“We are also expanding our investment in and deploying technology especially in our retain operations, this will help us make our numerous tailor-made products accessible to the populace,” he said.

Dr. Ujaotuonu pledged his company’s commitment to continue to collaborate with NAIPCO to advance the course of insurance and pension industry in Nigeria.

The inauguration was jointly sponsored by Universal Insurance Plc, Anchor Insurance Limited, and Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc.

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NAICOM Mourns As Commissioner’s Wife Passes On

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The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has announced the passing of Mrs. Oyinade Folashade Thomas, the wife of the Commissioner for Insurance/Chief Executive, who passed away on April 12, after a brief illness.

The statement reads in part “Mrs. Thomas was a pillar of strength, support, and a source of inspiration to her family, friends, and colleagues. Her kind-hearted nature, compassion, and generosity touched the lives of countless individuals, making her an exceptional woman who will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

“Throughout her life, Mrs. Thomas demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to the insurance industry as she stood side by side with her husband, the Commissioner for Insurance/Chief Executive, in his mission to ensure the development and growth of the insurance sector in Nigeria.
“She recognised the vital role of insurance in providing financial security to individuals, businesses and communities.

“The loss of Mrs Thomas will be felt by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
“The National Insurance Commission extends its deepest condolences to the Commissioner for Insurance/Chief Executive and his entire family during this difficult time. In this period of mourning, our hearts and prayers go out to them, offering comfort and support on behalf of the entire insurance community”.

The Commission also expressed gratitude to the insurance industry stakeholders, friends, and well-wishers for their outpouring of sympathy and prayers, saying “We appreciate your understanding and support as the Commissioner for Insurance/Chief Executive mourns the loss of his beloved wife”.

NAICOM added that the funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course.

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Pension Operators Organise Webinar On Managing Diabetes

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The Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) organised a medical webinar recently, to enlighten the populace that managing our health and well-being has become increasingly crucial, particularly as new ailments and diseases emerge.
The medical webinar titled “Managing Diabetes in Everyday Life,” emphasised the significance of healthy living and health management.
The webinar provided pension industry professionals with comprehensive insights into diabetes, including its types, identification, causes, and management strategies.
Adaobi Okoye, PenOp’s Head of Human Resources, opened the session by underscoring the necessity of health management for optimal functioning both at work and in daily life. Oguche Agudah, CEO of PenOp, further emphasized the importance of regular exercise and encouraged attendees to maximize the webinar’s opportunities. The online session garnered participation from over 200 pension industry professionals.
Facilitated by Dr. Akinkunmi Ilori, Group Head of Medical Operations at Bastion HMO and a renowned medical doctor and public health specialist, the webinar delved into the signs, symptoms, screening methods, treatment options, and prevention strategies for diabetes.
Dr. Akinkunmi explained that diabetes encompasses a group of diseases affecting how the body’s tissues utilize glucose, resulting in high blood sugar levels due to insufficient insulin production or ineffective insulin response. He discussed various types of diabetes, including Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, and Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), along with their causes and management approaches such as oral medications, insulin injections, and lifestyle modifications.
Addressing risk factors such as age, ethnicity, family history, and obesity, Dr. Akinkunmi stressed the importance of dietary habits and regular physical activity in diabetes management. He also highlighted optimal blood sugar levels for diabetic individuals.
The webinar concluded with attendees gaining practical knowledge on diabetes screening, treatment options, and effective management and prevention strategies, empowering them to take proactive steps towards better health and well-being.

The webinar was part of PenOp’s ongoing monthly knowledge-sharing sessions. These sessions provide a platform for professionals in the pension industry to network, exchange ideas, and listen to subject matter experts discuss relevant topics.

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NAICOM Partners Road Transport Agency To Enhance Motor Insurance

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By Sola Alabadan

As part of efforts to make more motorists embrace insurance, the Commissioner for Insurance/Chief Executive of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Olorundare Thomas visited the Director, Road Transport Service, FCTA, Dr. Bello Abdul-Lateef on Wednesday in Abuja.
The visit aimed at formally exploring areas of collaboration between the two government agencies to prevent situations where some people will be paying lower than the approved premium rates, as well as to bring an end to the issuance of fake Third Party Motor Insurance in the country.

Dr. Abdul-Lateef informed that a lot of individuals renewing their vehicle particulars were not getting value for the insurance premium being paid as they did not validate the insurance policies after purchase even though they might have paid N15,000; whereas the cover they were actually given cost N4,000 considering the fact that they may have engaged unauthorised persons to help process their request.

He added that his agency is now leveraging technology to curb such issues and that 98 percent of its processes are now automated.
In addition, he stated that individuals can commence the process of their vehicle particulars renewal from the comfort of their homes.

The Commissioner for Insurance also informed the Director, DRTS on the enhanced third-party Motor Insurance which became effective 2nd January, 2023 increasing its premium from N5,000 to N15,000 and also its benefits from N1,000,000 to N3,000,000 covers respectively for the protection of road users.

Thomas stressed that effective collaboration between NAICOM and DRTS will help reduce the incidences of Third-party motor insurance irregularity by enhancing active policing to ensure adequate Insurance management system.

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