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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 Counsels Edo Government, Residents, To Embrace Insurance

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Karachi Anyanwu, National Insurance Commission (left); Rasaaq Salami, Head of Corporate Communications and Market Development, NAICOM; Bar. Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to Edo State Government; Adeyemi Abubakar, Assistant Director, NAICOM and, John Osagie, Chairman of Edo State Internal Revenue Services at the meeting between NAICOM and the Edo State Government in Benin City on Thursday.

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Elumelu Charges Insurance Brokers To Lead War Against Unethical Practices

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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.”

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Leadway Graduate Trainee Programme Graduates 30 Young Professionals

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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.

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