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NAICOM To Issue neW ICT Guideline For Insurance Operators

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The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has prepared an ICT guideline to be used as a minimum standard for the computerisation of operations in the insurance sector, NAICOM’s Deputy Director (IT), Abiodun Aribike said.
Aribike, who presented a paper on “Digital Transformation Of NAICOM’s Processes And Procedures” at a seminar organised by the commission for journalists in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, informed that the guidelines will form part of future requirements for conducting insurance business in Nigeria.
He listed the objectives of the Nigeria Insurance Industry ICT Guideline to include: establishment of a minimum baseline for insurance policy data management practices within the industry, as well as to aid the establishment of inter-operable ICT systems for easy exchange of data between the commission and insurance companies.
Besides, he said the ICT guideline is intended to Improve connectivity and establish secured environment for data processing, and to increase transparency and operational performance in insurance policy underwriting processes in the country.
He added that the policy aims to facilitate the establishment of standard for the conduct of insurance business in Nigeria, while equally ensure all stakeholders meet the target requirements for submission of necessary reports to the Commission.
The ICT guideline will also ensure compliance to statutory reporting requirements from NAICOM and other agencies of government.
The policy covers data communication infrastructure, Network Operation Centre, Common Network SeService, E-mail SeService, Websites, Call Centre and Customer Helpdesk Management Of Data Security and Protection.
Other areas are Financial Information Management SSystem, Insurance Policy Administration and Claims Management SySyst, Electronic Document Management SySyst, ICT Management andBusiness Continuity and Disaster Recovery.
On the benefits of digital transformation, stated that it will lead to enhanced Stakeholder experience and sasatisfaction, Increased Revenue, Reduced Cost and blockage of leleaka, Improved Productivity, Increased Efficiency in Service DeDeliver, uEnhanced Data Collection andAn Analyst, Data Driven Insight and Decision MaMaking,Increased Agility and InInnovation and Improved Resource Management.

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PenCom Approves Full Payment To 2,024 Retirees, 25% To 7,906 Disengaged Workers

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The National Pension Commission (PenCom) approved Enbloc payment of retirement benefits to 2,024 retirees whose Retirement Savings Account (RSA) balances were N550,000.00 or below and considered insufficient to procure Programmed Withdrawal or Retiree Life Annuity of a reasonable amount for an expected life span.
In this regard, a total sum of N527.23 million was paid to the 2,024 retirees from both the public and private sectors during the second quarter of the year.
The nation’s pension regulator disclosed this in its latest quarterly report issued recently.
This is in keeping faith with the objectives of the Pension Reform Act 2014 to ensure that every person who worked in either the Public Service of the Federation, Federal Capital Territory or Private Sector receives his retirement benefits as and when due.
In a related development, the Commission also approved the payment of N4,430.37 million to 7,906 RSA holders under the age of 50 years, who were disengaged from work and unable to secure jobs within four months.
This is in accordance with section 7(2) of the Pension Act, which provides that “Where an employee voluntarily retires, disengages or is disengaged from employment as provided for under Section 16(2) and (5) of this Act, the employee may, with the approval of the Commission, withdraw an amount of money not exceeding 25 per cent of the total amount credited to his retirement savings account, provided that such withdrawals shall only be made after four months of such retirement or cessation of employment and the employee does not secure another employment.”

Meanwhile, the Commission also informed that applications were received for transfer of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) contributions on behalf of 332 NSITF contributors.
However, approval was granted to transfer N17,026,367.10 to the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of 298 members.
On a similar note, PenCom approved monthly pensions in the sum of N62,327,832.97 to 3,629 NSITF pensioners.

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4,438 Retirees Choose Programmed Withdrawal, 1,708 Opt For Annuity In Second Quarter

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The National Pension Commission (PenCom) approved 4,438 requests, comprising 1,406 public (FGN & States) and 3,032 private sector retirees to draw pension through the Programmed Withdrawal mode during the second quarter.
These retirees received a total lump sum of N13,059.79 million, while their total monthly pension amounted to N209.05 million.
PenCom disclosed this in the second quarter report uploaded on the commission’s website recently.
Similarly, the Commission granted approval to 1,708 retirees under the Retiree Life Annuity during the quarter.
A total lump sum of N4,586.16 million was approved for payment to the retirees, while the sum of N12,346.89 million was approved for payment to 14 Retiree Life Annuity Providers as premium in return for total monthly/quarterly annuities of N122.46 million.
In a related development, approvals were granted for payment of death benefits amounting to N6,175.13 million to the legal beneficiaries/administrator of 1,209 deceased employees and retirees. This comprised 835 public (FGN & State) and 374 private-sector employees/retirees.
During the quarter under review, the Commission equally approved enbloc payment of retirement benefits to 2,024 retirees whose RSA balances were N550,000.00 or below and considered insufficient to procure Programmed Withdrawal or Retiree Life Annuity of a reasonable amount for an expected life span. In this regard, a total sum of N527.23 million was paid to the 2,024 retirees from both the public and private sectors.
Besides, the Commission approved the payment of N4,430.37 million to 7,906 RSA holders under the age of 50 years, who were disengaged from work and unable to secure jobs within four months.

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CHI Renews Group Accident Cover For insurance, Pension Journalists

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Sola Alabadan

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance(CHI) Plc has again renewed the Group Personal Accident Insurance cover worth N24 million Sum Assured, which was arranged for insurance and pension journalists in Nigeria.

This is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, to ensure that journalists who are exposed to danger and hazard in the discharge of their civic duties are adequately protected.
The Group Personal Accident Insurance policy covers death, permanent disability and medical expenses.

The policy, now in its 10th year, has been running since 2012, and is renewed annually by the company. The cover, which was renewed on October 1, 2021, is due to expire on September 30, 2022.

The policy cover all members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents(NAIPCO) across the country while the company has promised to continue to renew the coverage for the journalists every year.

Speaking on the issue, the group managing director of Chi, Eddie Efekoha, said, this gesture is to show the kind of values and respect his insurance firm has for journalism, believing, journalists, who are the shaper of the society, and by extension, the insurance industry, must be protected.

Journalism, he said, is a risky profession, hence, the need to adequately provide insurance for those covering the insurance industry.

In the case of the death of any of the concerned journalists, he said, the family of the deceased is entitled to N1 million death benefits. “A journalist who suffers permanent disability in the discharge of his duties will also be entitled to N1 million. The cover provides for medical expenses to the tune of N200,000 per journalist in the case of an accident,” he pointed out.

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