Universal Insurance Records N4.1bn Income In First Half Of 2022
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.
GNI Denies Selling Annuity Business To Another Insurer
By Sola Alabadan
The Board and Management of Great Nigeria Insurance Plc has denied the rumour making the rounds that the insurance outfit has sold its annuity business portfolio to another insurance company.
Reacting to the publication by a media outfit that the Annuity businesses of GNI Plc and Tangerine Africa have been acquired by a particular Insurance Company, GNI said the information contained in the publication is far from the truth
The company said “This development is a crude attempt by an unscrupulous competitor to demarket our brand and shrink our share of the Annuity Insurance market.
“In the last five (5) years, our Annuity Insurance portfolio has grown steadily by over 14,845% and our Annuitants have been enjoying value added services.
In view of the foregoing there is no basis for transferring our Annuity business to another company in the industry. We want to state emphatically that GNI Plc has not and does not intend to sell-off its Annuity business Portfolio, neither does it intend to partner with any Insurance company or companies in the Annuity insurance market.
“This release therefore serves as a categorical disclaimer that our Company is not in any kind of partnership or merger discussion with any Insurance company regarding our Annuity Insurance Portfolio.”
GNI therefore informed insurance intermediaries and the company’s clients to disregard any information regarding the transfer or acquisition of GNI’s Annuity Insurance Portfolio.
The organisation added that it is poised to continue in its well known tradition of delivering qualitative insurance services to its esteemed customers.
Leadway Moves To Bolster Reading Culture Among Children
By Sola Alabadan
Leadway Group has launched an extra-curricular initiative campaign tagged “Pages to Places” in 12 public schools across six states in Nigeria, namely, Lagos, Ogun, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, and Port Harcourt. This is in line with the organisation’s commitment to promote literacy, bolster reading culture, and improve quality education among children aged 6-12.
The “Pages to Places” initiative, targeted at children, is a book reading initiative to steer the young generation towards expanding the reading culture, broadening their healthy imaginative abilities, believing in a better world and becoming better, more creative, and more promising individuals.
The “Pages to Places” initiative, which is under the group’s education-focused corporate social responsibility drive, Leadway Goes to School, has been designed to commemorate the 2023 Children’s Day celebration and is scheduled to run from Tuesday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
Speaking on the initiative, the Group Chief Marketing Officer of Leadway Holdings, Mr. Olusakin Labeodan, cited that according to the World Culture Score Index, Nigeria has one of the world’s lowest reading cultures. At the same time, available statistics from the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education show that 38 percent of Nigerians are illiterate, with four out of every ten primary school children being illiterate.
“We believe in the transformative power of a book, its potential to improve the intellectual capacity of our young ones, and its capacity to shape the future into a promising horizon no matter one’s social-economic background.
“With a little over 40% of Nigerians comprising young people under the age of 14, it has become imperative for organisations like ours to intervene and help build this generation into a pipeline of global talents and leaders. This is the philosophy that drives our organisation. We are thrilled to be launching this initiative with hundreds of children who desperately need to improve their skills”, he stated.
College Of Insurance Supervisors Honours NAICOM Boss, Director
By Sola Alabadan
In appreciation of his contributions to the success of the institution, the College of Insurance Supervisors of West African Monetary Zone (CISWAMZ) has given awards to the Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Olorundare Thomas.
The award was presented to the NAICOM boss at the ongoing 5th meeting of the College in Abuja on Tuesday.
The award is in recognition of Thomas’s pioneering role in the establishment and eventual take-off of the college as Chairman of the West Africa Insurance Supervisors Association (WAISA).
Similarly, Mr. Pius Agboola, the Director Inspectorate at NAICOM, who served as the pioneer Chairman of the College, was also honoured with an award at the meeting.
The CISWAMZ was established with the purpose of providing a common platform for regulators from the WAMZ countries to come together to discuss how to oversee individual and cross border financial institutions in the Zone.
By coming together in a structured way, supervisors are able to learn from each other and develop best practice on supervision across national boundaries. The Charter establishing the College was ratified by the Committee of Governors of the WAMZ on 31 July, 2010. On 7 February 2019, the CSWAMZ Charter was revised to reflect the dynamic developments in the banking sectors of the WAMZ.
The main objectives of the CSWAMZ include: to facilitate the exchange of information, views and assessments among supervisors in order to allow for a more efficient and effective consolidated and solo supervision and timely action.
It is also aimed at enabling supervisors to develop a common understanding of the risk profile of the group as the starting point for risk based supervision at both group and solo levels; as well as to achieve coordination of supervisory review and risk assessment, establishing supervisory plans, arranging any division of tasks and joint onsite visits, thus avoiding duplication of work and reducing the regulatory burden.
Besides, CISWAMZ coordinates decisions taken by individual authorities; contribute to a consistent implementation of WAMZ directives and to the convergence of Member States supervisory practices across the WAMZ; while facilitating the implementation/operationalisation of the memorandum of understanding between and among various supervisory authorities within the WAMZ.
Additionally, the college seeks to reduce regulatory duplication and inconsistency improve subsequent bilateral dialogue between regulators, increase levels of trust and enhance the cooperation of supervisors.