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NAICOM Partners FRSC To Enforce Compulsory Motor Insurance

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The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has partnered with the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) on the enforcement of compulsory motor insurance in the country.

The move will ensure that about 10 million uninsured vehicles in the country are captured into the insurance industry. The insurance industry is expected to generate additional revenue of N50 billion through this.

Mr. Sunday Thomas, the Commissioner for Insurance/CEO, NAICOM, spoke during a courtesy visit from The Corp Marshall, FRSC, Boboye oyeyemi, and his team, he said the partnership is needed to enforce vehicle insurance as part of the compulsory insurances, stating that, this move will eradicate insurance racketeers while ensuring that those who fail to comply are adequately prosecuted.

He promised that the regulatory body and FRSC will work out an effective plan for the enforcement of 3rd party motor insurance in the country.

Boboye Opeyemi, on his part, appreciated the concerns of the insurance regulator, noting that the road safety corps is more than ready to work with NAICOM to ensure vehicles on Nigerian roads carry genuine insurance certificates.

Newsmen had earlier reported that, of the estimated 13 million vehicles on Nigerian roads across the country, only three million of them have at least third-party motor insurance certificates, leaving about 10 million vehicles uninsured.

The 10 million uninsured vehicles, according to findings, were the ones owned by the government and private individuals and companies.

Investigation shows that some of these 10 million vehicles parade fake motor insurance papers, while some did not have any insurance coverage even as few who had genuine insurance papers before, have failed to renew when their previous motor insurance cover expired.

To this end, these uninsured vehicle owners newsmen findings show, have violated the Federal Roads Safety Corps(FRSC) Act which mandates all vehicles on Nigerian roads to carry at least a third-party motor insurance policy.

Third-Party Vehicle Insurance comes at a fixed price of N5,000 for privately used saloons and SUVs, while commercially used vehicles are charged N7,500 and in some cases, N5,000.

Using the N5,000 insurance valuation of which each vehicle should at least carry, the insurance industry can recoup N50 billion premium income annually if all the 10 million vehicle owners could be compelled to have genuine insurance certificates.

Low enforcement of compulsory motor insurance, according to market observers, has been responsible for the insurance apathy of road users.

To recoup the N50 billion, newsmen learned that, prior to this engagement, insurance operators, under the auspices of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) have engaged Lagos State in the past on enforcement of motor insurance through their licensing offices. Similarly, there were already ongoing discussions with Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Ogun States to ensure that motorists get genuine insurance cover at the point of renewing their vehicle particulars at licensing offices across the aforementioned states.

The chairman, NIA, Mr. Ganiyu Musa, had earlier disclosed that the industry is embittered about what it is losing to insurance racketeers and non-insurance of vehicles, disclosing that, the association, on behalf of the insurance industry, is engaging five states with plans to extend to other states as the time progresses.

According to him, “we are also working closely with the state vehicle Inspection service on enforcement of Third Party Motor Insurance in the state. We are also engaging Niger, Kaduna, Kogi and Ogun States, and remain hopeful that other states will see value in the platform and embrace it. Out of the estimated 13 million vehicles in Nigeria, only about 2,939,767 Third Party Motor policies are in force as of Apr 26, 2021.”

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Again, African Alliance Insurance Delays Filing, to Release Financial Statements (H1, 2021) on or Before September 29th

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African Alliance Insurance Plc on Monday announced it will not be filing the company’s unaudited financial statements for the period ended 30th June 2021 before the regulatory due date of 30th July 2021.

This was contained in a statement signed by Anthonia Udeh, Company Secretary.

The company attributed the delay to its failure to file its audited financial statements for the period ended 31st December 2020, a prerequisite for filing Q2, 2021.

It would be recalled that Investors King had reported that the Nigerian Exchange Limited had suspended the trading license of African Alliance Insurance Plc and three other companies on Friday 2, July 2021 for failing to file their financial reports.

However, African Alliance Insurance Plc has now submitted the 2020 Audited Financial Statements to its primary regulator, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) for approval, according to the company.

To prevent another suspension, the company, therefore, stated that it has obtained approval from the Nigerian Exchange Limited for an extension until 29 September 2021 to Submit the unaudited financial statements for the second quarter of 2021.

The statement reads “African Alliance Insurance Plc (the Company) regrets to notify its esteemed shareholders and other stakeholders that the Company’s Unaudited Financial Statements (UFS) for the period ended 30th June 2021 (2021 Q2 UFS) will not be filed before the regulatory due date of 30th July 2021.

“This delay is occasioned by the fact that the Company is yet to file its Audited Financial Statement (AFS) for the period ended 31st December 2020 which is a prerequisite for filing the 2020 Q2, UFS.

“However, the 2020 AFS has been submitted to its primary regulator, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) for approval and the Company is awaiting the Commission’s nod.

“The Company has sought and obtained approval of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX or the Exchange) extension of time up to 29 September 2021 to submit the 2021 Q2 UFS.

“We wish to reassure you that the Company is working assiduously towards submitting its Q2, 2021 Unaudited Financial Statements (UFS) within the period extended by the Exchange.”

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NAICOM Moves to Achieve N1.5 Trillion Gross Premium, 10% Density

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The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has prospects to achieve 10 per cent penetration, N1.5 trillion Gross Written Premium (GWP) and 10 per cent increase in insurance density.

Thus the commission plans to work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) cohorts across geo-political zones.

Besides, the commission aims to build trust among the insured leading to more referrals; build confidence in the sector by reducing incidences of fake insurance and implementing penalty for nonpayment of claims; and work with digital companies with access to data and information for wider reach and impact.

NAICOM Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Sunday Olorunda Thomas in an interview with repoters said the commission launched Market Development and Restructuring Initiative (MDRI) in 2009 as a vehicle to, among others, drive the enforcement of compulsory insurances, reduce incidences of fake insurance and in the process grow the industry.

He stated the commission’s strategic focus is on compulsory insurances, government assets, microinsurance and takaful insurance.

He said: “Target market however is Government, Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and Millennials and Gen Z, which make up 60 per cent of our population.

“Our strategic themes include increased awareness and education; stakeholder’ grooming/partnerships; high-impact media productions; and a social/digital NAICOM

“To increase awareness and education, we will also launch a joint implementation task force with police, FS, FRSC, Ministry of Justice, Mobile Courts, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) at all levels, among others. We will hold insurance stakeholder’s forum/town hall meetings, launch the Insurance Industry Thought Leadership Series on Testimonials and Endorsements, among others.”

On the commission’s ‘2021-2023 Strategic Plan’, the commissioner stated that as a sector of the national economy, the commission has statutory mandates.

He said: “We know that the driver of the economy is the people at the lower level of the pyramid and therefore we are taking financial inclusion policy very seriously. While it is now a national policy, the insurance sector is far behind but we are doing a lot of catch up. To this effect, two Takaful companies have been licensed in addition to the existing ones. We have four micro insurance company that has also been licensed and two are on the verge of being licensed. We believe that if we are able to properly take care of the supply side, the demand aspect of it is will run smoothly. Similarly, the traditional method of distributing insurance has become inadequate to take care of the speed we want to gain and the people who want to reach and so we must begin to develop other channels of distribution. There are few of them that have been developed and waiting for final touches here and there for them to be released.

“We are conscious of the fact that the sector is a knowledge-based sector and therefore human capacity to drive this initiative is critical. The development in the actuarial profession has been on the drawing board for years. The first sets of those who will write the actuarial exam will qualify as certified actuarial analyst. The exam was held last week and I was made to understand that in the next six weeks or so, they will hear the results. We have made a pledge to see the possibility of having about 100 of them in the next four years. It’s a target and we see how far we can go. We believe that we need actuarial analyst to stand in the gap pending the time that we will have sufficient number of actuaries for the market.

“I want to say that we are also conscious that technology drives business. We have started with ourselves at the commission and our automation plans have commenced. We want to see how far we can run within the commission. The plan by the commission to have a portal started about now nine to 10 years ago and until last year, nothing was happening. But we picked it up last year and the first phase of the portal has been successfully completed. On the strategic plan of the commission, the last one ended in 2020. So, we have picked it up from 2021 to 2023. We are following and pursuing it. We believe that with what we have in the plan, we should be able to make a difference in the market.

Thomas, however, noted that the enforcement of compulsory insurances was also on. ‘’Last week, we played host to the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps. About a month ago, we were with the FCT minister and two weeks ago, the Minister of Road Transport, Mrs. Gbemisola Saraki was with us in the commission. We have been trying to engage across the country. We visited the Governor of Ekiti State and we were to visit the Governor of Enugu State but for the prevailing security issues that happened there recently.

“The fire service management was in our office two weeks ago. This is some of the engagements that we have been having because we are determined to make a difference. We want to encourage our operators to increase their budgets in publicity. We are too far behind because not much of insurance is known. The regulator will do its bit but the operators must cooperate with us for all of us to be on the same page,” he added.

 

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Heirs Insurance, Heirs Life To Host Brokers at NCRIB Forum

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Newly launched insurance companies, Heirs Insurance Limited (HIL) and Heirs Life Assurance Limited (HLA) have announced plans to host over three hundred brokers at the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) monthly forum.

The event, which is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Lagos will have the leadership of both companies meet with brokers from across the country to further solidify existing relationships and discuss ways to improve the industry.

According to the MD/CEO, Heirs Life Assurance, Niyi Onifade, this gesture will enable the companies to achieve the goal of providing customers with insurance that is simple, quick, accessible, and reliable. He stressed the importance of strengthening such relationships for the improvement and practice of insurance in the country to meet the needs of 21st-century customer.

Dr. Adaobi Nwakuche, Ag. MD/CEO, Heirs Insurance described the opportunity as timely and with great potential. According to her, brokers are key stakeholders and hosting the brokers’ forum provides both companies an opportunity to discuss matters pertinent to the advancement of the industry.

Launched in June, Heirs Insurance, the general insurer, with the mandate to protect people’s properties and specialist life insurance company, Heirs Life, with a vision to provide financial security and life insurance plans for people, leverage digital to provide simple, quick, reliable, and accessible insurance to individuals and businesses. ​

With a paid-up share capital of N10billion and N8billion respectively, HIL and HLA commenced full operations with a workforce of astute and experienced professionals, and a robust financial capacity to underwrite all classes of general and life insurance businesses. The companies are backed by top-notch Reinsurers to provide second-layer security for clients’ insurance portfolios.​Both companies are subsidiaries of Heirs Holdings, a pan-African investment group with a presence across 3 continents and 20 African countries.

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