By Sola Alabadan
The new Chairman of Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Segun Omosehin, has assured that the association will be collaborating with all operators to enforce market discipline among member companies.
He gave this assurance during his investiture in Lagos recently.
He said “As a Self-Regulatory Organization (SRO), the Association works through the peer pressure to promote best practice among operators. We will work very hard as leaders of the Association to build trust and lead by example, so that some of the issues relating to soft market practices and general indiscipline in the market are promptly dealt with.”
Omosehin stressed that the NIA will ensure adherence to high ethical standards for the insurance market which has been the pillars upon which the association was formed.
He added that “the NIA, under my chairmanship, will work with other stakeholders to ensure enforcement of all compulsory insurances through effective collaboration with relevant agencies, as well as implement progressive market development initiatives and agreements.
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explore new areas of business collaboration to expand the market, while collaborating with the regulatory community particularly the National Insurance Commission, such as Risk-Based Supervision, among others.
In order to serve the market better and respond to the dynamics of a changing world, he promised that the NIA will explore training opportunities to build capacity in critical areas of insurance business.
“We need to invest in human capital across the industry, embrace talent that would be beneficial to our core objective. We need to grow our talent pool from within and embrace openness in our industry. We shall partner in building actuarial capacity for the overall benefit of the market.
“Today, we are faced with security challenges such as kidnapping, banditry and outright terrorism. We are also contending with the after-effects of climate change, such as flooding and related risks. We will take learnings from other markets that have the requisite experience in these areas of insurance business to improve our underwriting practices in these critical areas.”
Besides, he stated that the time has come for the industry to be deliberate in its investment in technology and innovation, saying “Specifically, we shall seek to leverage all the advantages that technology would provide in our quest to improve accessibility, affordability, adequacy, awareness and the availability of the right insurance products and services to the right customer.
The association will equally embrace openness and willingness to collaborate with intra and extra-industry stakeholders (including Fintechs, Insuretechs, etc.) to drive customer centric models for penetrating the market,as well as upgrade the digital capabilities of the NIA Secretariat to meet and respond to the growing demands of the insuring public, thereby meeting the multi-dimensional needs of the populace.
NAICOM Charges Governments To Comply With Building Insurance Laws, Lists Benefits
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has advised the federal and state governments to comply with the provisions of the Insurance Act 2003 concerning the insurance of public buildings and the insurance of buildings under construction.
The Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of NAICOM, Sunday Thomas, who made this call on Thursday at the 12th meeting of the National Council of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Kaduna State, advised the government to make adequate provisions for this in the annual budgets.
He said these categories of insurance are made compulsory by extant insurance laws in Nigeria and, thus, must be complied with by all.
According to him, Section 64 of the Insurance Act 2003 makes it mandatory for individuals, governments and corporate organisations that undertake the construction of any building above two (2) floors to procure a builder’s liability insurance policy (building under construction) from any of the NAICOM’ licensed Insurer in Nigeria.
Speaking further, he said Section 65 of the Insurance Act 2003 also makes it compulsory for all public buildings in the country to be insured. This is to protect innocent victims in the events of accidents and other disasters that may occur while they are within such premises.
Participants at the session include the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa; Minister of State, Housing and Urban Development, Abdullah Tijjani Gwarzo; Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Sen. Aminu Tambuwal; Chairman, House Committee on Housing and Habitat, Hon. Balele Aminu and Chairman, House Committee on Urban Development and Regional Planning, Hon. Abiante Awaji, The Permamnent Secretary, Federal Minstry of Works and Housing, Mahmuda Mamman; Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Directors of Lands and Housing from the 36 States of the federation; Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company, Shelter Afrique, etc.
Thomas urged the various state governments to emulate the Lagos State government by domesticating the insurance laws in their respective states.
He listed the benefits from compliance with these compulsory insurances to the Federal and State Governments to include the reduction in the Federal and State Government expenditure in event of disaster that may affect citizens by shifting the burden to the risk-bearers (Insurance Companies), hence restoration would not be settled from tax payer’s money.
He added that compliance with these provisions of the law would create employment opportunities for citizens of their respective states, as well as provide opportunity to enhance the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the states, amongst others.
Leadway To Offer Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance
By Sola Alabadan
Leadway Assurance Company Limited is partnering with Leytro to offer user-friendly, and cost-effective pay-as-you-drive insurance products tailored for fleet managers and drivers in Nigeria.
This is part of efforts to facilitate the seamless adoption of insurance products in the country.
This strategic alliance harnesses Leytro’s technological expertise and Leadway’s established industry knowledge to introduce a pioneering pay-as-you-drive insurance model characterised by flexibility and affordability. Fleet managers can now conveniently manage their insurance payments on the go through a dedicated mobile app underpinned by mobile telematics intelligence.
The mobile app incorporates telematics intelligence to continuously assess the driving behaviours of policyholders, offering real-time insights into their driving habits. This capability empowers businesses to optimise their fleet management strategies to seamlessly make insurance payments via the app, utilising a pay-as-you-go approach with fair premiums and incentives for safe driving.
Umashime Oguzor-Doghro, Leadway Assurance, commented on the partnership: “In today’s rapidly evolving landscape driven by technological advancements, forward-thinking organisations must lead the market in evolving innovative solutions and collaborations in the ecosystem. Hence, our timely partnership with Leytro.
“We are thrilled to join forces with Leytro to introduce this innovative insurance solution for fleet managers, ensuring that car insurance is not only accessible but that premiums are built on utility and behavioural profile. The synergy of Leytro’s cutting-edge technology and our unwavering industry expertise enables us to offer a transformative pay-as-you-drive insurance solution that caters to the unique requirements of small and medium-sized businesses. Together, we are reshaping the insurance landscape, revolutionising the adoption process, and setting new industry standards,” she added.
Nathaniel Bubu, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Leytro, also shared his perspective on the collaboration: “The partnership between Leytro and Leadway Assurance represents a significant milestone in harnessing technology to drive change, with a deep understanding of human behaviour. We are committed to revolutionising the insurance sector by leveraging our advanced telematics technology. This collaboration empowers us to provide businesses with a more personalized and cost-effective insurance solution, fundamentally altering the way small business owners manage their fleets.”
“We strongly believe in rewarding responsible drivers, and through our cash reward programme for safe driving, we aim to incentivize prudent behavior on the road. This not only benefits drivers but also contributes to creating a safer driving environment for all road users.”
In addition to its innovative approach to insurance policy adoption, this initiative strongly emphasizes delivering a seamless claims experience. Through the use of technology and automation, the claims payment process has been streamlined to ensure swift and hassle-free resolutions for customers.
Insurers Tasked To Mitigate Socio-Political Risks
By Sola Alabadan
The insurance operators in Nigeria have been charged to be alive their responsibility to mitigate the socio-political risks that can impede social progress and economic growth in the country.
Insurance stakeholders who spoke at the Education Seminar of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday, opined that in a country like Nigeria, where socio-political challenges often intersect with economic uncertainties, the insurance industry can play a vital role in safeguarding the interests of individuals, businesses, and the nation as a whole.
The theme of the seminar is “Socio-Political Risks: The Role of the Nigerian Insurance Industry”.
While welcoming to the seminar, the President/Chairman of Council, Edwin Igbiti, affirmed that Nigeria, being Africa’s most populous nation and a key player in the African economy, faces an array of socio-political risks that can impede social progress and economic growth. These risks range from political instability, ethnic tensions, terrorism, civil unrest, to government policies and regulations, among others.
Igbiti, who was represented by the Deputy President, Mrs. Yetunde Ilori, added that the role of the insurance industry in addressing socio-political risks is multi-faceted.
“The insurance industry can act as a catalyst for risk prevention and reduction. By actively assessing and evaluating potential socio-political risks, insurers can collaborate with governments, businesses, and communities to develop risk management strategies and enhance resilience. Through initiatives such as risk education programs, capacity building, and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, the industry can contribute to societal awareness and preparedness, reducing the likelihood and impact of socio-political risks,” the CIIN boss said.
Similarly, the Chairman, CIIN Education Committee, Mr. Olusegun Omosehin stated that in today’s rapidly changing world, understanding and effectively managing socio-political risk has become more important than ever before.
He therefore advised that “Insurers should spread the gospel of mitigating risk across Nigeria, a country with a population exceeding 200 million and a diverse range of socio-political factors at play. Understanding and navigating these complexities is crucial for the sustainable growth and development of the Nigerian insurance industry.”
Meanwhile, the Keynote speaker, Mr. G.U.S. Wiggle, encouraged insurers to tackle the challenges facing the industry for the purpose of opportunities therein, saying “Insurance companies can offer political risk insurance to businesses to help them manage and mitigate risks arising from the adverse actions or inactions of governments. Political risk insurance can help provide a more stable environment for investments and unlock better access to finance.”
He added that the insurance companies should provide financial stability and reduce uncertainty by indemnifying those who have suffered losses.