Barring any unforseen circumstances, the 2020 edition of the annual Conference of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) will hold on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, beginning from 10:00am.
Accordingly, experts as well as stakeholders in the financial service sector will converge to deliberate on how insurance and pension fund operators can build their investment portfolios to maximise profit.
The theme for the conference is: “Promoting Bankable Investments Portfolio for Insurance and Pension Sectors.”
The Chairman of the occasion is the Chairman, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mr. Austin Enajemo-Isire, while the Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, is the Keynote Speaker, even as the Chairman, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi will be the Special Guest of Honour and Chief Launcher of the new NAIPCO website.
The Commissioner for Insurance, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr. Sunday Thomas and the Director General, National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar, have confirmed they will be attending the conference.
Similarly, the Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Mr Ganiyu Musa; the CEO, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp), Mr. Agudah Oguche, among others, will also be present at the occasion to deliberate on ways operators can invest in the businesses of the Organised Private Sector of Nigeria(OPSN) and still maximise profit.
Speaking on the preparation for the event, the President, NAIPCO, Mr. Chuks Okonta, said, as a critical stakeholder, it is the desire of NAIPCO that companies in both the insurance and pension sectors build up investment portfolios that will translate to huge returns on investments for shareholders and contributors of the contributory pension scheme.
He said the organised private sector has consistently lamented of low funding for manufacturers as the investment community have accused OPSN of lack of bankable investment projects in which pension and insurance companies can invest in, despite the two sectors having in excess of N11 trillion funds that could be invested in the economy.
For the insurance sector, he stressed that the theme of the conference is apt based on the argument that the sector is destroying value due to the consistent low returns on investment to shareholders.
For the pension sector, he stated that, the theme is also apt as PFAs have limited investment outlets with the ban on investment in treasury bills by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) as well as, the current low yield on bonds, the mainstay investment instrument of the pension industry.
Accordingly, he pointed out that the experts will lay bare all available bankable investment outlets for the operators to reap maximum benefits for their shareholders and customers’ benefits.
He added that a new NAIPCO website will be unveiled at the conference, while there will be awards for individuals or organisations that have contributed immensely to the growth and development of either the insurance or pension sectors.
Falekulo Emerges New MD Of Nigeria Re
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.
Pension Fund Assets Now N12. 7trillion, Contributors 9. 4million
By Sola Alabadan
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”.