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Linkage Assurance Targets Increase In Revenue, Profit 

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Linkage Assurance PLC strategises to consistently grow its revenue and deliver strong returns and excellent customer experience.
The company’s Managing Director, Mr. Daniel Braie, who stated this while addressing members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) in Lagos on Tuesday, said the insurer would be leveraging on technology, strategic alliances, and capabilities / insights to provide world-class insurance & risk management solutions.
“Linkage Assurance PLC has the strategic intent of crafting a niche for itself and becoming one of the market leaders in the non-life insurance market in Nigeria. “We recognised that the success criteria for an insurance company are a declining expenses ratio, good risk management and high /diversified distribution efficiency. Digitalisation, innovation, and utilisation of new and efficient technology are also important means for achieving Linkage Assurance PLC success criteria
“The achievement of these require crafting of a strategic road map that enable us to realise both short- and long-term objectives including achieving desired monthly, quarterly, and annual targets and outcomes.”
Braie, who was represented by the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Otitolaiye, said the insurance firm has met the N5 billion minimum capital requirements as mandated in the two phases segmented recapitalisation exercise of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM).
Speaking during the training programme organised by the association, Braie explained how the company was able to meet the 50% recapitalisation threshold.
He stated that as at December 31, 2019, Linkage Assurance PLC’s paid-up Capital was N4 billion, adding that to raise the remaining N1 billion, the firm at her 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on August 13, 2020, received approval from shareholders to raise the balance from the company’s accumulated retained earnings of N2.4 billion by issuance of two billion bonus shares of N0.50 kobo to existing shareholders valued at N1 billion.
It should be noted that under the two phases segmented NAICOM’s recapitalisation plan, all insurance companies are expected to meet 50% and reinsurance companies 60% of the mandatory recapitalisation requirements on or before December 31, 2020.
The new minimum paid-up Share Capital regime demands that Life insurance operators should raise their minimum paid up share capital from N2 billion to N8 billion; those in General business to jerk up from N3 billion to N10 billion while the reinsurers should increase from N10 billion to N20 billion.
Braie said having met the N5 billion for the first segment, added that the company is working assiduously to ensure that the balance of N5 billion is made available before NAICOM’s September 30, 2021 deadline.
According to him, “Having succeeded in obtaining shareholders’ and regulatory approvals, Linkage Assurance Plc has met the N5 Billion minimum capital requirements as at date earlier than 31st December, 2020 deadline set by NAICOM.
“The balance of N5 Billion would have to be met on or before 30 September 2021 being deadline set by NAICOM and the company has array of options to comfortably achieve this before deadline.”

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CIIN Announces Second Edition Of Insurance Textbook 

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Falekulo Emerges New MD Of Nigeria Re

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Mr Olugbenga Falekulo has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation, as part of efforts  to ensure that the Reinsurance firm continue in its quest for transparent and accountable management of insurance in the country.

Falekulo, with over 25 years of experience spanning across the sector, said he brought his wealth of experience and professionalism to the fore.

The new Managing Director stated that he and his team are prepared to take Nigeria Re to the next level in the market.

Although he did not disclose the strategic plans the new new management have put together, he assured that Nigeria Re is taking a new dimension in the insurance industry, promising that a new era is here for the company.

He has BSc in Insurance, Masters in Business Administration, and he is also a.member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London.

Prior to this appointment, he had worked with NICON Insurance, Great Nigeria and Continental Re. He left Continental as an Exexutive Director before in 2014 and went into his private business.

He is well travelled and has attended so many courses within and outside Nigeria. He is married with children.

Nigeria Reinsurance has Mr Mela Audu Nunghe as its Chairman, Falekulo as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Olusegun Ilori as Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Mr Alexander Ayoola Okoh, the Director-General of Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) as Non-Executive Director, and Mrs Yvonne Isichei as Non-Executive Director (Independent).

Nigeria Reinsurance was established under the Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation Act No. 49 of 1977. It commenced operations on January 1, 1978, as Nigeria’s flag reinsurer, wholly owned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In 2002, the Corporation was transformed from being a Federal Government wholly owned Corporation to a privatised company with the government retaining some shares. The Corporation, which has been in operation for over 40 years, is in the business of assuming risks, providing reinsurance services and risk management solutions to its clients.

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Pension Fund Assets Now N12. 7trillion, Contributors 9. 4million

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The pension fund assets accumulated under the Contributory Scheme in Nigeria was N12.66 trillion as at 30 June 2021, while the number of registered contributors has grown to 9.38 million, the Director General, National Pension Commission (PenCom), Aisha Dahir-Umar, said.

She stated this at the workshop organised PenCom for journalists in Lagos on Monday. The theme of the workshop was “Positioning the Pension Industry in a Post COVID Era”.

The PenCom boss also informed that President Muhammadu Buhari  has approved the payment of some outstanding pension liabilities of the Federal Government, under the CPS.
This covered payment of outstanding accrued pension rights for verified and enrolled retirees of treasury-funded MDAs that are yet to be paid their retirement benefits, and the backlog of death benefits claims due to beneficiaries of deceased employees of treasury funded MDAs.
Similarly, the President also approved the payment of 2.5 percent differential in the rate of employer pension contribution for FGN retirees and employees, which resulted from the increase in the minimum pension contribution for employers from 7.5 percent to 10 percent, in line with Section 4(1) of the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2014, she added
She emphasised that these payments would boost the RSA balances of the beneficiaries towards better retirement benefits, while the settlement of these outstanding accrued pension rights of verified and enrolled FGN retirees would result in reversing a major challenge that has lingered since 2014.
She stressed that the commencement of payment of the reviewed monthly pension contribution rate by the Federal Government is another significant step in ensuring compliance with the PRA 2014.
According to her, the most recent technological innovation introduced by the Commission is the in-house designed and developed online Enrolment Application, which has capabilities to register, verify and enroll prospective retirees of Treasury-Funded Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
By the deployment of this new application, she pointed out that mass gathering of people has been avoided while enhancing convenience for the prospective retirees through a seamless enrolment process.
Another notable technological innovation by the Commission was the design and deployment of the Retirement Savings Account (RSA) Transfer System (RTS), which was launched in November 2020, she further stated.
The RTS is a Computer Application developed by the Commission, through which RSA holders transfer their RSAs from one Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) to another. Indeed, the activation of the RSA transfer provision, which deepens individual choices, is a major milestone in the implementation of the CPS.
The PenCom DG reassured stakeholders that the implementation of the CPS remains on course, saying that the maintenance of a consistent growth trajectory continues to justify the Commission’s overriding investment  philosophy of ensuring the safety of pension fund assets.
She added that public enlightenment and education is one of the five Strategic Focus Areas currently pursued by the Commission, lamenting that there still exists a knowledge gap on the CPS, 17 years after the pension reform in Nigeria.
Consequently, she maintained that the Commission is committed to reinvigorating its public enlightenment and education drive in order to address this challenge.
Other Strategic Focus Areas include the resolution of outstanding pension liabilities of the Federal Government; portfolio diversification of pension fund investments, improvement in customer service delivery across the pension industry and unrelenting pursuit of sustainable growth of the pension industry by expanding coverage of the CPS.

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