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NAICOM Restates Commitment To Protect Policyholders

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By Sola Alabadan

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has reiterated its resolve to ensure that the rights of all stakeholders in the insurance industry, especially, policyholders are well protected, assuring that the insurance operators would never default in paying genuine claims.

The Commissioner for Insurance, Sunday Thomas, gave this assurance during a courtesy visit to Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc in Lagos recently.
The NAICOM boss also promised to take the success story recorded by the insurance sector in Lagos State to the Federal Capital Territory and 35 states of the federation.
He pointed out that the government and people of Lagos State, through their commitments to insurance practice, have demonstrated that there is bright future for the underwriting sector.

Thomas maintained that as a federal government agency, NAICOM would work with the federal government to ensure insurance in entrenched at the FCT and also work with governors and other stakeholders to give insurance its right place in states.

He posited that insurance remains the bedrock for economic development, as no nation can thrive very well without a viable insurance sector.

He stated that he was thrilled by the events around insurance that are happening in Lagos State, stressing that such events would be replicated across the nation as long as he remains the Commissioner for Insurance.

He also implored insurance practitioners to work with their shoulders high as they are privileged to work in an industry that holds a vital position in the economy.

 

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Gunmen Abduct Four Travellers In Ekiti

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Gunmen on Monday morning waylaid road users along Ayetoro Ekiti-Otun Ekiti Road and abducted no fewer than four persons before fleeing into the forest.

Sources said two buses conveying passengers from the Otun Ekiti end of the road were attacked by the gunmen, leading to the abduction of about four passengers, while other travellers escaped.

A source said that one of those who escaped told him that the gunmen took away four passengers from the two buses.

Another, who said he got the information when the hunters were informed of the incident, said, “The hunters were called that some kidnappers were operating along Ayetoro-Otun Road.

“But before they got there, the gunmen had piloted two buses into the bush. At that point, we cannot say the number of people taken into the forest, but the buses were there.

“I advised the hunters and the security agents who arrived the scene later that the kidnappers would have gone towards the Otun end and that they would not have gone too far by that time.

“Definitely, they were the ones who operated along Ayetoro-Ewu Road on Sunday evening. The Sunday operation was not successful and that was why they waited around to carry out this one,” the source said.

According to him, the kidnappers, on realising that they had missed their target on Sunday evening, resorted to attacking commercial motorcycle riders and had shot endlessly into the air to scare people.

The source said, “An okada rider was stopped at gunpoint and they took all his valuables, while another okada operator escaped into the bush. The kidnappers fled when they noticed that the other okada rider had escaped.”

Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the kidnap incident, said, “We heard the information and we have deployed our personnel there.

“There was a kidnap incident this morning. I cannot confirm yet the number of persons abducted. It began on Sunday evening when some suspected robbers attacked a man who the Police thereafter rescued.

“However, this morning, we learnt that the suspects were the ones who abducted some road users. The Police are on their trail,” the PPRO said.

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Photo News: Sovereign Trust Insurance Partners Junior Chambers International On Back To School Project

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Segun Bankole, DGM/Head, Sales & Corporate Communications, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (left), Yetunde Stella Akinsetire, JCI Member/Project Chairperson, “Back to School Project” (JCI Lagos Metropolitan) and Abiodun Awosanya, Convention Chairman, 2021 Junior Chambers International, while Sovereign Trust was presenting to them educational materials to support the project.

Sovereign Trust Insurance Partners Junior Chambers International On Back To School Project.

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Nigeria Set To Host AIO Confab, As Tope Smart Emerges President

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By Sola Alabadan

All arrangements have been concluded for the forthcoming 47th Conference and Annual General Assembly of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) holding in Lagos from September 4 to 8.
Chairman, Local Organising Committee Of AIO 2021, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Nwachukwu, who addressed journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, said since the conference could not hold last year due to the covid-19 pandemic, the AIO Secretariat LOC decided to hold it this year as a hybrid event to cater for those who will not be able to attend physically.
She emphasised that in planning the conference at this time, the organisers  have taken full cognizance of all the health protocols and restrictions on public gathering, hence the decision to make it a hybrid event.
To give further impetus to this decision, she pointed out that “we are limiting the number of physical attendees, while others are being encouraged to take advantage of the virtual conference to participate from their different locations. For physical attendees, all covid-19 protocols will be observed and implemented to the letter.”

She also commended the Commissioner for Insurance, Mr. Olorundare Thomas for working assiduously and liaising with the various ministries and agencies to ensure that the organisers get the full support from the government.
She equally informed that of the major highlights of the 47th Conference is that the immediate past chairman of the Nigerian Insurers Association and Group Managing Director of NEM Insurance Plc, Mr. Tope Smart will assume office as the next president of the pan African organisation for the next one year.
As Covid-19 pandemic had left very debilitating effects on many economies and there are efforts at addressing these challenges, participants at the 47th AIO conference would be contributing to discussions around how insurance can contribute to ongoing efforts at rebuilding economies seriously impacted by the pandemic.
The theme of this year’s conference is: Rebuilding Africa’s Economy: An Insurance Perspective.

The four other subtopics to address other contemporary issues affecting the insurance industry are:
The new normal: How leaders can reset for growth beyond covid-19
Regulation, innovation and the future of insurance

Harnessing the potential for growth and development in the Nigerian insurance market

AfCFTA and the African Insurer: Prospects and Opportunities

She added that the AIO Secretariat has assembled a strong faculty to deliver the different papers.
The resource persons are: Mr. Jakkie Cilliers, Institute of Security Studies, South Africa, Mr. Belhassen Tanat of Munich re, Mr. Yinka Sanni of Standard Bank Group, Mr. Tawiah Ben- Ahmed of Metropolitan Life Insurance, Ghana.
The AIO conference will also include the Life Seminar and all related activities.
The LOC chairman further stated that hosting the conference is significant to Nigeria, as it will enable her to showcase hee rich culture and hospitality, as well as provide a great opportunity to correct some of the misconceptions about Nigeria and her people.

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