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Stakeholders Charge Government To Improve On Welfare Of Workers, Retirees



Ms. Prisca Soares, former Secretary General, African Insurance Organization (AIO), presenting appreciation plaque to Mallam Kasim Garba Kurfi, the Keynote Speaker while Nkechi Naeche-Esezobor, Chairperson NAIPE watched with admiration at NAIPE's 8th annual conference in Lagos on Thursday.

The federal government has been charged to give due consideration to improving on the welfare of pensioners and workers as the new administration is striving to address observed challenges in the nation’s economy.

Nigerian Union of Pensioners Contributory Pension Scheme (NUPCPS) gave this advice at the 8th Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Association of Insurance and Pension Editors (NAIPE) in Lagos.
The conference’s theme was: “Role of Insurance and Pension In Building Sustainable Economic Growth Under The New Government.”

The secretary of NUPCPS, Bisan Olufemi John, said the pension arrangement by the government was still far from being favourable to retirees.

He stated that there was no way the government can successfully tackle the economy without adequately satisfying the yearnings of both pensioners and those currently in service.

According to him, “the Federal Government has been struggling with getting the economy to work, but one thing that is clear is that the people are the ones that will contribute mainly to make such a reality.

“The government must first think of the workers, improve their welfare so they can then contribute their quota adequately to the economy. It should be the people before the economy.

“Government should think of how to build the operators of the economy and also improve the life of pensioners.”

While recalling the failure of government to pay Group Life Insurance claims to next of kin of deceased civil servants, he also lamented the perceived conflicts in annuity for pensioner under failed insurance companies.

He further called on the government to provide better opportunities for pensioners to be happy, saying that retirees’ welfarism should not just end at the level of being paid their stipends.

Speaking in the same vein, another retiree, also a member of NUPCPS, Comrade Olagbayo Johnson. O., said it was unfortunate that the current Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) appeared to be failing.

Giving a background to the reason behind the scheme, he said it was the failure of the Defined Benefit Scheme, which is government funded, that compelled the Federal Government to visit Chile to do a check on how the contributory scheme worked.

He, however, lamented that since Nigeria started the scheme in 2004, it had shown little or no difference from the old scheme apart from the fact that employees and employers now contribute towards the pool of funds.

He pointed out that it was the more reason some individuals and institutions were agitating to pull out of the scheme.

According to him, “imagine, National Assembly workers, those are the people who made the law, they are agitating to pull out of the scheme. The military has long left and even the police are on the verge of pulling out.

“Why is this one different from that of Chile? Their own that we copied from is still working.”

On her part, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Lagos Chapter, Funmi Sessi, lamented that Nigerian pensioners were still far from having the deserved rest, adding that there was need for them to earn their benefits, rest and enjoy the fruit of their labour.

She condemned the poor approach by Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) to paying benefits to pensioners.

She also specifically condemned the difficult process in accessing benefits by relatives of deceased worker, stressing that the request for a letter of administration and other documents should be made easier.

Also speaking as one of the participants at the event, the Local Chapter Chairman, Nigeria Association for the Blind, Ifako Ijaiye Chapter, Anuoluwa Yinka Isaac, said it was disturbing that Nigerian pension and insurance system does not have special products for the physically challenged in the society.

He observed that those in that category were left out in so many arrangements in the country, stressing that on so many occasions they would have to work out arrangements to live in the society that is almost hostile and unresponsive to the plight.

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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.

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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.

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Insurers Tasked To Mitigate Socio-Political Risks




Barr. (Mrs.) Ekeoma Ezeibe, Discussant (left), Mr. Olusegun Omosehin, Chairman, CIIN Education Committee, Mrs. Yetunde Ilori, CIIN Deputy President, Mr. G.U.S. Wiggle, Keynote speaker and Mrs. Abimbola Tiamiyu, CIIN Registrar, at the Institute Education Seminar in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on Friday.

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.

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