Governors, NAICOM to Deepen Compulsory Insurance
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has pledged to work with the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to implement and enforce compulsory insurance in all the 36 states of the federation.
This came at the beck of a courtesy visit by the management of NAICOM led by the Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Sunday Thomas, to the office of the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Kayode Fayemi, in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
Mr Fayemi noted that the forum may invite the insurance sector regulatory agency to meet with the 36 state governors to enlighten them of its initiatives.
He noted that Ekiti State was doing its best in taking insurance seriously but added that there was room for more as all states are willing to collaborate in getting the proper services.
He said, “Be rest assured that we will work with you and we may need to invite you to meet with the 36 state governors to apprise them of your initiatives.
“We have taken note of the benefits inherent in these compulsory insurances and we are always desirous to collaborate.
“The state commissioner of finance and the Head of Service handle our insurances and will be available to work with your team,” he assured.
He then used the opportunity to advise the insurance sector to be flexible in creating new products that are more aligned with the country, considering the current state of things.
On his part, the Commissioner for Insurance used the occasion to seek collaboration with the state government in the enforcement of compulsory insurances in the state.
He noted that the financial services industry is key to the growth and sustainable development of any nation and state because of its direct impact on access to finance, a catalyst to improved income, poverty reduction and also stability in the financial system.
Mr Thomas stressed that as a subset of the industry, the insurance sector is a pivot to guarantee the sustainability of growth and development of the state and its people.
“We have therefore noted the necessity to plant insurance and people at the centre of any equation that tends to create, enhance, sustain and manage growth and development in any economy.
“As a people, human activities have associated risks and in spite of every precautionary measure to avoid the occurrence of losses or damages, the unexpected still occur.
“In consequence of the losses the victims are prone to sufferings which in many cases may lead to total impoverishment of a large proportion of those affected.
“To ameliorate the situation of victims, laws have been put in place for an arrangement that will ensure that victims and especially third parties are adequately compensated,” he said.
Mr Thomas maintained that the objectives of protecting third parties and relieving the government of the avoidable burden of compensation from the purse of the government led to the enactment of various laws on compulsory insurance products.
He explained that over the years, the commission has embarked on series of programs aimed at a nationwide massive public enlightenment with respect to compliance with the laws on compulsory insurances, he said.
The NAICOM chief recommended that the NGF Chairman nominates an agency of the government that will serve as a liaison office with the commission in the collaboration.
The nominated agency, he said, will be charged to work with the team of the state on this collaboration and recommend appropriate measure to domesticate the enforcement of the compulsory insurances in the state.