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Insurance Operators Resolve To Set Targets For Entire Industry

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By Sola Alabadan

As part of efforts to codify the long-term aspiration of the Nigerian insurance industry within a given period of 10 years, the insurance operators have resolved to come up with a document detailing the 10-year industry-wide strategic plan.

Insurers Committee’s Vice-Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, Mr. Segun Omosehin, announced this to journalists at the end of the Committee’s meeting held in Lagos on Thursday.

He said all the constituent arms of the industry, comprising the insurance companies, insurance brokers, reinsurers, loss adjusters, as well as the regulator, National Insurance Commission, have been asked to nominate their members to represent them in a committee that will be saddled with the responsibility to draft the document.

According to him, “today we deliberated on the need for an industry-wide strategic plan, a strategic document that will codify the long-term aspiration of the industry within a given period of 10 years.”

Omosehin, who is also the Managing Director of Old Mutual Insurance PLC, said the document will be a high level document that will have in it what the industry intends to achieve, adding that work on the document will commence soon.

“The need for a strategic plan is to enable us, as an industry, has codified strategic initiatives that will be implemented over a given period of 10 years. This will help the successive leadership that comes in so that there are no vacuum. It helps guide the action of leadership in terms of what we want to achieve as industry. It keeps us in focus. That is what the strategic document is meant to do for the industry and it will cut across the entire gamut of the industry from underwriting to broking to adjusting. It is going to be a ten-year plan,” Omosehin explained.

He added that the industry rebranding project will automatically become an integral element of the document.

Omosehin further stressed that “the industry’s proposed strategic document is to help each successive leader that comes in. Take Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) for instance, if I am running for two years, there is a need for a broader industry-wide initiative that I am expected to run along with my own plan”. This, he said, will help every leader to achieve an industry-wide objective.

Also speaking on the document, a member of the committee, and Head, Corporate Communication and Market Development, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr. Rasaaq Salami, said NAICOM as a regulator, will be part of the plan which, according to him, will cover the various associations in the industry.

He said different associations in the industry have been asked to nominate members that will be part of the committee that will handle the drafting of the document.

Omosehin informed that other decision taken at the meeting was the revise guidelines on Bancassurance.

“We received some cheery news that regulator is likely to release some new guidelines on Bancassurance. Some elements in the guidelines are being reviewed and so we are hopeful and looking forward to some revised role on the operations of Bancassurance,” he said.

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NAICOM Reviews Strategic Plan To Align With Industry’s 10-year Plan

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By Sola Alabadan

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has been reviewing its strategic plan to align it with the Nigerian Insurance Industry’s 10-year strategic plan, the Commissioner for Insurance, Mr. Segun Omosehin, said.

The NAICOM boss disclosed this when the members of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) led by the incoming Chairman, Mr. Kunle Ahmed, paid a courtesy visit to NAICOM on Thursday in Abuja.

During the meeting, the NIA incoming Chairman congratulated the recently appointed Executive Management and expressed gratitude to the Commission for its pivotal role in maintaining a fair and stable insurance sector. He emphasised the importance of initiating the implementation of the 10-year strategic plan and finalising the consolidated insurance bill.
He also expressed willingness to collaborate with the new Executive, expressing confidence in their ability to elevate the insurance sector to greater heights.

The NIA delegation was briefed on the Commission’s ongoing review of its strategic plan to align it with the Nigerian Insurance Industry’s 10-year strategic plan.

The Commissioner for Insurance assured continued collaboration with the NIA to safeguard consumer rights, particularly in ensuring the prompt settlement of genuine claims.
In his concluding remarks, the CFI affirmed the Executive Management’s ambition to drive growth in the Nigerian insurance market.

Overall, the meeting showcased a collaborative spirit between NAICOM and NIA, highlighting a shared commitment to advancing the insurance sector and protecting the interests of consumers.

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Thomas Hands Over To Omosehin As New NAICOM Boss

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Usman Jankara, Deputy Commissioner, Finance and Administration (left), Sunday Thomas, Immediate Past Commissioner for Insurance, Olusegun Omosehin, Commissioner for Insurance and Ola Gam-Ikon, Deputy Commissioner for Insurance, Technical Operations during the hand over to the new commissioner in Abuja today..

By Sola Alabadan

Mr. Olusegun Omosehin has assumed duty today as the Commissioner for Insurance and chief executive of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), having been appointed by President Bola Tinubu on April 20. He is succeeding Sunday Thomas, who has completed his term of office.

In a similar vein, Olawoye Gam-Ikon assumed duty as the Deputy Commissioner (Technical Operations), while Usman Jankara Jimada is now the Deputy commissioner (Finance & Administration).

During an interactive session with the entire Management and Staff of the Commission, The new NAICOM boss stated the Executive Management would set a new tone for the Nigerian Insurance Sector.

His predecessor, Thomas, who was in attendance to officially handover to the new CFI, thanked the staff for their support while in office.

As the Federal Government intends to achieve a $1 Trillion economy by 2026, he said the Insurance Sector is expected to play a critical role and contribute to its quota to make this a reality.

Omosehin holds holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science; a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD); and also an M.Sc in Economics from the University of Lagos.

He is equally an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School (LBS) now Pan African University, as well as Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria; a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD); a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management; and the Nigerian Society of International Law.

Prior to his appointment, Omosehin was the Managing Director of Old Mutual Nigeria Life Assurance Co. (OMNiLAC).
He was earlier the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc.

Before joining the Mutual Benefits Assurance team in April 2010, Mr. Omosehin was the Managing Director/CEO of AIICO General Insurance Company Limited, the general insurance arm of AIICO Insurance Plc. He was also the MD/CEO of Admiral Insurance Company Limited between 2003 and 2007 before merging the company with Crusader Insurance Plc during the insurance consolidation exercise in 2007; a company where he started his insurance career in 1993.

He was a member of the pioneer team that started and nurtured Custodian & Allied Insurance Plc in 1995, where he worked for about nine years before his appointment as the MD/CEO of Admiral Insurance Limited in 2003. He started his career with Crusader Insurance (Nigeria) Plc in 1993 (then a specialist life assurance company)

His hobbies include Networking, Swimming, and Golfing. He is a member of the Ikoyi Club 1938 –Golf Section, and Ikeja Golf Club.

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Pension Industry Starts Enlightenment Programme On Radio

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Driven by the need to educate, inform and enlighten various stakeholders, the pension industry has embarked on a radio program that seeks to shed light on various aspects of the pension industry in Nigeria.
The Nigerian pension industry operates under a Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) which started through the enactment of an act of parliament, 20 years ago and the scheme has grown tremendously over the years, but a number of people still don’t understand some aspects of this scheme. So, the pension industry has put together a series of interviews to shed more light on these issues.
The interviews are structured as conversations between a number of the CEOs and CIOs of pension funds within the industry, and these interviews delve into so many issues and many topics.
The interviews will be covering things like, “How are your pensions invested”; “What is the history of the CPS in Nigeria”; “How do you access your benefits”; “Pension funds and SMEs”; “Pensions and technology”; “Understanding voluntary contributions”; “Micro pensions”; “The closed pension fund administrators”; “Multi-fund structure of the Nigerian pension industry”; “Safe custody of pension funds.” Amongst others
These interviews will be aired on radio every week for the next 10 weeks and it will be aired on Nigerian info Lagos and Abuja. In Lagos, it airs at 6:30am every Saturday and in Abuja it airs at 7:30am every Monday which began from 27th of April 2024.
Speaking on this development, the Chief Executive Officer of PenOp, Oguche Agudah said ‘‘we felt that these interviews and conversations were necessary in order to bridge the gap between the knowledge of various stakeholders and the pension industry. We realize that pensions can sometimes seem complex, but we hope to simplify these concepts to make them better appreciated and to enlighten various stakeholders on functions of PFAs, PFCs, how pensions are invested and some of the other things that we felt people do not have a grasp on.
These interviews are conversational, and they are also serialized on all our social media platforms and via podcasts. Essentially, we look forward to engaging the public and making these concepts more appreciated and just getting people to understand the industry better and appreciate how pensions impact them and the society at large. This will enable them engage with the industry from a more informed position”

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