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Unitrust Insurance Pays N1.8b Claims In 2020

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Unitrust Insurance Company Limited paid total claims of N1.8 billion in 2020 and recorded an underwriting profit of N802.19 million.

The Managing Director of the underwriting firm, John Ijerheime, disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the executive of National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) to the firm’s head office in Lagos on Monday.

He stated that the company achieved a Gross Premium Written of N3.98 billion in 2020, representing a growth of 13 per cent when compared to the previous year.

The company’s Profit After Tax for the year stood at N747.17 million.

“In the same vein, the company’s underwriting profit improved significantly as the total profits of N802.194 million from N 301.759 million reported in the 2019 financial year. The claims paid for the year was N1.8 billion,” he said.

Ijerheime reiterated that against the backdrop of challenges that characterised the year, the company delivered an outstanding performance across key metrics.

“Indeed, 2020 was a year that will be remembered for its unprecedented disruptions, which were primarily attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and its multidimensional impacts on global economies. Yet, in the face of prevailing circumstances the Company delivered impressive results during the Year.

“Our business growth model is driven by structural analysis of our strengths, weaknesses, opportunity, and Threats (SWOT) for responsive bonding irrespective of the challenging situations. We have by this result, demonstrated our robust capacity and sustainable execution of our strategic growth plans,” he submitted.

On 2021 half year performance, he said that as at July 31, 2021, the company had generated N3.7 billion premium, which was closed to what it did in the full year of 2020, adding that the firm anticipates closing the year with over N5 billion.

The Unitrust Insurance boss said the firm had paid over N400 million claims this year.

Chairman of NAIPCO, Chuks Okonta, equally informed the company’s management of the various efforts being made by the association to contribute immensely towards the development of insurance sector.

He spoke on the association’s flagship products, tagged profiling which include; product profiling, claims profiling, management profiling and advert to news initiative.

According to him, claims profiling helps in showcasing companies claims payment history for a period of five years, while product profiling focuses on the benefits of arrays of products paraded by companies and management profiling helps showcase the pedigree of individuals steering the affairs of companies.

The advert to news, he said, was developed to help the public understand fully the concepts of the contents of advertorials published by companies.

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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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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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