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Guinea Insurance injects N900m capital into business

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Guinea Insurance Plc, one of the oldest insurance companies in Nigeria said it injected about N900 million as capital into its business in 2022 and is in the process of listing 1.8 billion shares.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the insurance company, Mr. Ademola Abidogun disclosed this at the Nigerian Association of Insurance and Pension Editors’ (NAIPE) 2023 first quarter CEO’s Forum in Lagos.
Abidogun said the insurer has a lot of funds within its system and over N2billon cash under its management to do business.
He noted that the underwriting firm made the highest Gross Premium Written (GPI) of N1.4 billion in 2022, compared to the last ten years.
“We were also able to make underwriting profit. If you look at the statistics, Guinea insurance has consistently grown so much in its underwriting profit.
“When you check the financials, you will see that the core business of insurance is underwriting, which means; collect business, underwrite it and make profit,” he said.
According to Abidogun, the insurance company was working to improve its investment portfolio, as fund was essential to sustain a business.
The Managing director hinted that Guinea insurance’s claims payment method is one of the best in the market because the firm believes, one of the main reason for doing insurance business is to pay claims.
“If we pride ourself as one of the best in the industry in terms of claims payments, we must be able to pay claims after collecting people’s premium” Abidogun said.
According to him, while the underwriting firm had experienced some challenges few years ago in the market, it has been able to resuscitate its business between 2021 and 2022.
Abidogun noted that Guinea insurance also had to confront perception issues, because a lot of people think the insurer is a one man business, meanwhile it is a Plc with a very robust structure.
The managing director said that the insurance firm had started business well in year 2023 in terms of production and as at February, it had done over 300 percent of what it did same time last year.
“We will be able to deliver in terms of our plans for the year. The most important thing is for an organisation to have capacity, which has to do with financials and people driving the business and we will continue to evolve,” he said.

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NAICOM Charges Insurance Operators To Build Enduring Institutions

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By Sola Alabadan

The Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive of National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr. Olusegun Omosehin, has charged Nigerian insurance operators to build enduring institutions that will outlive their founders.

He gave this charge at the 2024 Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) CEO’s Retreat held from 13-15, June, 2024 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The theme of the retreat was “Building Institutions That Survive Their Promoters.”

While delivering the goodwill message, Omosehin who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Ekerete Gam-Ikon, emphasised that in today’s rapidly changing world, the concept of building enduring institutions is more relevant now than ever before.

He said “Institutions that outlive their founders represent sustainability, resilience, and continuous excellence, becoming pillars of strength for our communities and guiding us through times of change and uncertainty.”

Omosehin further stated that at NAICOM, there is a deep commitment to creating lasting legacies, stressing that “This commitment is built on robust governance, innovation, and an unwavering dedication to ethical practices. These principles not only ensure the longevity of institutions, but also foster trust and confidence among stakeholders.”

The NAICOM boss highlighted the crucial role insurance brokers’ play in this endeavour, pointing out that “As intermediaries who facilitate critical financial protection, brokers are instrumental in promoting stability and security whose efforts contribute to a safer and more predictable environment for businesses and individuals alike.”

He expressed confidence that the discussions and insights shared during the retreat would illuminate strategies and best practices to ensure that the institutions built today will thrive for generations to come.

Omosehin further urged participants at the retreat to use the opportunity to collaborate, learn from each other, and reinforce the insurance industry’s collective mission to create sustainable futures.

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NAIPE Names Universal, Guinea, Norrenberger Group As AGM Sponsors

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Three insurance outfits: Universal Insurance Plc, Guinea Insurance Plc and Norrenberger Group, are set to sponsor the 2023/2024 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Association of Insurance and Pension Editors (NAIPE).

This year’s NAIPE AGM will hold on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) House in Lagos.

NAIPE is the umbrella body for journalists covering insurance and pension sectors in Nigeria.

NAIPE holds its AGM in July every year and companies that sponsor the AGM have the unique opportunity to market their products and services to NAIPE members in the course of the event, who will in-turn push out the information to the general public through publication of stories and analysis in their mediums and platforms.

Universal Insurance Plc is one of the nation’s largest personal lines insurer with over N8 billion in assets.

Universal Insurance offers a broad spectrum of insurance products for all types of businesses, corporate and individuals with unique services delivery.

Some of its extensive products include Auto Insurance, Good In Transit, Property Insurance, Marine Insurance, Bond Insurance, Money Insurance, All Risk Insurance, Boilers & Pressure Vessels Insurance, Builders’ Liability Insurance, Burglary & House Breaking Insurance, Contractors All Risks Insurance, Employer’s Liability Insurance, Erection All Risks Insurance, Fidelity Guarantee Insurance, Fire & Special Peril, and Oil & Gas Insurance, etc.

According to Universal Insurance, “Our vision is to be a dominant, specialised non life insurer in Nigeria, creating and delivering value to stakeholders while our mission is to offer specialised non life insurance protection to clients inspired by innovation, efficiency and prompt claims settlement.”

The Company is known for prompt claims settlement, integrity, satisfaction through professionalism, unity of purpose, reliability, as well as excellent teamwork.

Guinea Insurance Company Limited was incorporated on December 3, 1958, as a non-life insurance underwriting firm to provide first-rate insurance solutions in the General Business category.

Guinea Insurance has always lived up to its name; consistently one step ahead of the industry in the provision of better and affordable risk management solutions.

“We are a major player in the provision of first* -rate financial risk solutions in the General and Special Risks business underwriting categories. We have established a reputation for exceptional competence in the delivery of customer-centric services and product innovation,” the company stated.

With a strong capital base, highly qualified professionals, and modern technology, Guinea Insurance became widely acknowledged for speed and efficiency and thus, remained the preferred insurer for individual and corporate clientele seeking premium insurance and related financial services to date.

The company offers First Class Products which are tailored to meet the numerous needs of its clients, both as individuals and corporate organisations, providing cover options that are rich and robust enough to accommodate virtually all eventualities.

Some of the products are Home Shield Insurance, Fire and Special Peril Insurance, Motor Insurance, Burglary/Theft Insurance, All Risk Insurance, Workmen’s Compensation Insurance, Personal Accident/Group Personal Accident Insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Bonds Insurance, Contractors All Risk Insurance, Erection All Risk Insurance, Marine Cargo Insurance, Fidelity Guaranty, and Oil & Gas Insurance, etc.

Norrenberger Group is a leading, integrated financial services group that provides bespoke financial solutions that add value to its individual and institutional clients.
The Group’s culture is built on the fundamental values that they all hold. Every Norrenberger team member embraces these values and lives by them, not just at work, but in life.

At Norrenberger, they unlock opportunities in society by providing cutting edge investment options and access to alternative financing which in turn allows people to bring their innovative ideas to life and expand their existing businesses.

The Group’s focus is to continue to create financial asset classes targeting the need of every single household in Nigeria. By 2025, they hope to have delivered at least one financial solution to every household.

The Group covers the following business areas amongst others, Asset Management, Investment Banking, Pensions, Securities Trading and Insurance.

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NAICOM Gets Police Assurance To Enforce Compulsory Insurance

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By Sola Alabadan

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has assured the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) of the Nigerian Police Force’s full support in enforcing compulsory 3rd party motor insurance in the country.

Egbetokun gave this assurance when the Commissioner for Insurance/CEO of the NAICOM, Mr. Olusegun Omosehin, paid a courtesy visit to him at the Force Headquarters, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The police boss also announced that a team, headed by the DIG Operations, would be set up to oversee the enforcement of this compulsory insurance.

The purpose of the visit was to seek an audience with the IGP and the management of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), who are critical stakeholders aligned with NAICOM’s vision, to achieve its mandate, particularly in the area of compulsory insurance enforcement.

During the visit, the Commissioner for Insurance requested collaboration to advance the Nigerian insurance sector roadmap.

He emphasised that it is unlawful for anyone to drive on the road without a valid motor insurance (3rd party), lamenting that less than a quarter of the vehicles in the country have valid motor insurance.

The CFI stated that the visit aimed to seek NPF’s collaboration to ensure the enforcement of compulsory third party motor insurance, as mandated by law.

The CFI also highlighted that in 2023, the ECOWAS Brown card has been captured in the upgraded premium for third party motor insurance cover by NAICOM, allowing insured vehicles to travel across the West African sub-region.

Additionally, he noted that the benefits attached to the third party insurance had been increased to N3 million.

To further this initiative, the CFI underscored the need for digitisation platforms to authenticate the validity of vehicle insurance. He mentioned that this system is already being implemented by the Lagos State government.

The CFI requested the establishment of a team to collaborate with the Commission in conducting enforcement actions, asserting that the success of this initiative would be a significant achievement for Nigeria.

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