Low Insurance Penetration in Nigeria not Good for Economy—Expert
By Dipo Olowookere
Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Insurance Brokers Limited, Mr Anselem Igbo, has expressed worry over the low penetration of insurance in Nigeria, saying this does not augur well for the wellbeing of individuals, businesses and the economy.
He therefore urged Nigerians to protect themselves against unforeseen mishaps by investing in insurance products.
Speaking recently in his office in Lagos, Mr Igbo said the insurance business is a unique one, which has been set up to help clients effectively manage their risks, including theft, accidents, robbery, injuries, manmade and natural disasters, and even death, thereby ensuring peace of mind through risk transfer and efficient insurance claims.
“Insurance is an essential part of everyday life. Contrary to what currently obtains, where insurance penetration in the country is low, every adult Nigerian ought to see insurance as a necessity, one that helps them mitigate all forms of unfortunate situations such as theft, accidents, robbery, manmade and natural disasters, and even death by taking on these risks so that they can have peace of mind knowing that someone is there to assume the risks for them,” Mr Igbo said.
“The insurance industry has numerous bespoke products and services to cater for the insurance needs of all strata of society, including individuals, families, groups, associations, businesses, and large organizations. I therefore urge Nigerians to protect themselves, their families and valuables by investing in insurance coverage,” Mr Igbo urged.
The insurance chief stated that one of the reasons the Stanbic IBTC Group established the Stanbic IBTC Insurance Brokers was to fill this perceived gaps in the industry and ensure Nigerians are adequately protected.
Mr Igbo said the company commenced full operations sequel to the granting of a licence by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) in January 2016, paving the way for the firm to offer the full spectrum of insurance brokerage services, a development that will help in deepening insurance penetration in the country.
According to the chief executive, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Brokers, building on the brand strength of the Standard Bank Group, to which Stanbic IBTC Holdings belongs, will continue to adopt global best practice in its operations, including exceptional quality of service and facilitating prompt payment of claims for clients.
“Our services apply to individuals and corporate entities, existing customers and non-customers of the Stanbic IBTC Group.
“As insurance professionals with a vast knowledge of the workings of the insurance market, we are able to arrange the most suitable policies for our individual and corporate clients. We proffer advice on the management of risk, secure protection against such risk and reduce exposure to the risks of business disruption, injury and death.
“We also deliver creative risk management solutions that enable our clients create, protect and preserve wealth,” Mr Igbo restated.
Stanbic IBTC Insurance Brokers Limited is a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, a full-service financial services group with a clear focus on three main business pillars – Corporate and Investment Banking, Personal and Business Banking and Wealth Management.
Standard Bank Group, to which Stanbic IBTC Holdings belongs, is the largest African bank by assets and market capitalization. It is rooted in Africa with strategic representation in 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa.
Standard Bank has been in operation for over 155 years and is focused on building first-class, on-the-ground financial services institutions in chosen countries in Africa and connecting other selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other, applying sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, globally.