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NAICOM Raises Insurance Firms’ Capital Base to N15bn



  • NAICOM Raises Insurance Firms’ Capital Base to N15bn

The National Insurance Commission has raised the minimum capital base for composite insurance companies (life and non-life underwriters) that want to get licences to underwrite all risks in the country from N5bn to N15bn.

The risk-based solvency implementation team of the commission disclosed this during a presentation on ‘Recapitalisation of insurance companies: The tier-based minimum solvency capital’ in Lagos on Wednesday.

NAICOM also raised the minimum capital requirement of life insurance companies that want to underwrite all forms of life insurance from N2bn to N6bn; while the minimum capital base for non-life insurance companies was raised from N3bn to N9bn.

The commission, however, explained that insurance companies operating with the old capital requirements would not be forced to recapitalise but would be restricted to underwrite only certain business.

“There will be no mandatory injection of fresh capital funds by insurers; no cancellation of licence of any operator is anticipated, but subject to solvency control levels,” it stated.

It also noted that the review of the capital base did not extend to reinsurance companies.

“The tier-based minimum solvency capital structure is a complimentary measure to the ongoing implementation of the risk-based supervision programme,” NAICOM stated.

The commission specified the minimum capital of N2bn, N3bn and N6bn respectively for Tier 3, Tier 2 and Tier 1 life insurance companies, while non-life insurance firms’ minimum capital was fixed at N3bn, N4.5bn and N9bn for Tier 3, Tier 2 and Tier 1, respectively.

NAICOM stated that the new capital base would take effect from January 2019. In the new era, life insurance companies under Tier 3 will only be licensed to underwrite individual life, health and miscellaneous insurance; while the non-life under this category will be licensed to underwrite fire, motor, general accident, engineering (only classes covered by compulsory insurance), agriculture and miscellaneous insurance.

NAICOM stated that life insurance companies under Tier 2 would be licensed to underwrite all Tier 3 risks and group life assurance; while the non-life firms in this category would be allowed to underwrite all Tier 3 risks and engineering (all inclusive), marine, bonds credit guarantee and suretyship insurance.

Under the new dispensation, life insurance companies under Tier 1 will be allowed to underwrite all Tier 2 risks and annuity; while the non-life firms in this category will be allowed to underwrite all Tier 2 risks and oil and gas (oil related projects, exploration and production), and aviation insurance.

According to the commission, the TBMSC introduces a proportionate capital that supports the nature, scale and complexity of the business conducted by insurers, and is a three-level model that specifies the capital requirement for each tier based on risk classification for each tier.

The commission said it would open up the licensing window to interested investors at higher tier levels.

According to NAICOM, the industry unanimously agreed for a desirable recapitalisation at the Insurers’ Committee retreat in February in Abeokuta.

The last regulatory recapitalisation of insurance companies was carried out in February 2007.

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Seplat Appoints Emeka Onwuka as CFO, Executive Director



Seplat Named Emeka Onwuka as CFO and Executive Director

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has appointed Mr. Emeka Onwuka as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director of Seplat, effective from August 1, 2020.

In the statement signed by Mrs. Edith Onwuchekwa, Company Secretary and Chief Governance Compliance Officer, and released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Onwuka has more than 30 years of experience in financial services within Sub-Saharan Africa.

“He has acted as the voice and face of major financial institutions in Nigeria as former Group Managing Director /CEO of Diamond Bank Plc and former Chairman of Enterprise Bank Limited. Mr Onwuka is a Partner at Andersen Tax Nigeria and holds various Board positions as Chairman; FMDQ Securities Exchange Limited; Director FMDQ Holdings Limited; Director, Ecobank Nigeria Limited; and Director, Bharti Airtel Nigeria,” the Company stated.

“Mr Onwuka received his B.SC. in Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and holds an MBA from the University of Benin. He is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria. He has attended executive programs at the Lagos Business School, Wharton Business School and Harvard Business School.

“Mr. Onwuka holds the Nigerian National Honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). The Board of Seplat is confident that the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings will be a great addition to the Company.

“This announcement is being made in accordance with Rule 4 of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Amended Listing Rules.”

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TAJBank Joins e-Commerce Giants- Launches Nigeria’s 1st Ethical Online Mall



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TaJBank Launches Ethical Online Mall

Abuja Nigeria July 8th, 2020  Nigeria’s most innovative Non-Interest Bank, TAJBank, has announced the highly anticipated launch of TAJMall, the nation’s first ethical online shopping mall.

The highly anticipated launch of the e-commerce site, which held recently, is coming closely on the heels of the commencement of its Agency Banking Network which began in June across thirteen (13) states in the country.

To celebrate this milestone, the brand will be holding a week long TAJMall campaign from 6th – 11th July 2020 to sensitize and also reward its new customers to its platform.

“This is a great milestone as we present a fully customer focused e- commerce platform offering 100 percent authentic brands from highly vetted vendors. Our mission is to rebuild trust in the online shopping niche, hence the emphasis on our platform being an ethical shopping mall. We want to deliver on our promise and make this an enjoyable and safe experience not just for our customers, but also for our numerous trusted vendors as well,” said Founder/COO TAJBank, Hamid Joda.

“Our customers place absolute trust that goods will be delivered exactly as requested, and we do not take that trust lightly, he added.

The brand expressed commitment to continuously deploy technological tools on it’s new e- platform to maintain optimal customer service delivery and ensure shopping on TAJMall remains a productive and hassle free experience.

Customers who log onto the platform (or download the app), will have the opportunity to enjoy massive price slashes, shopping coupons, free shipping and other incredible offers. The Bank also intends to offer financing to its customers who shop on the mall.

“Well beyond our exciting line up of activities, they are assured the highest level of value each time they make a purchase on TAJMall. Our marketing insights have shown that there is an increasing need to match the kind of variety in product offerings that customers yearn for with the exceptional shopping experience that may at times be lacking. We aim to make that an unmatched experience right from the moment our customers visit our mall to the receipt of their items,” affirmed Co-Founder/CMO, Mr Sherif Idi.

Customers shopping on TAJ Mall are guaranteed 100% authenticity, official warranties from the brands, and a 5 day return policy at no extra cost to the customer.

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Warren Buffet to Give Out Another $2.9bn, Total Donations Now $37bn



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Warren Buffet Gives Away $2.9bn, Total Donations Now $37bn

Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has announced his yearly charitable donations to the five philanthropies he picked to donate most of his fortune to.

The billionaire plans to give out 15.9 million class B shares of Berkshire Hathaway worth $2.9 billion to the five philanthropies. This will bring his total philanthropic donations to $37 billion since 2006.

Warren Buffett

Buffet, who has promised to give away about 99 percent of his fortune, still hold 248,734 Class A shares of Berkshire valued at around $67.5 billion.

However, before he began given out his shares, Oracle of Omaha held 474,998 Class A shares of Berkshire, which would have worth about $129 billion as of today.

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