By Adedapo Adesanya The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has disbursed an undisclosed amount of money to the College of Insurance and Financial Management (CIFM) for the training of 60 professionals as Actuaries in the industry. This was disclosed by the Rector of the college, Mrs Yeside Oyetayo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday. She explained that an actuary is a person who compiles and analyses statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums. Mrs Oyetayo said that following the release of the fund, the institution conducted the first scholarship qualification assessment on December 22, and the successful candidates already notified. She noted that another qualification assessment is slated for Friday, January 29, 2021. \u201cThe fund disbursed covers registration of 60 candidates, their course materials, tutorials and mock examinations. \u201cDue to the social distancing order induced by COVID-19, we are doing online tutorials in conjunction with the Nigerian Society of Actuaries and the first set of scholarship awardees will write the Certified Actuarial Analysts (CAA) exams in May,\u201d she said. Last year, NAICOM announced full sponsorship for 100 practitioners in the insurance industry to be certified as Actuarial Analysts, toward developing the market in the next five years. Mr Sunday Thomas, Commissioner for Insurance, said that the initiative was in partnership with CIFM and was aimed at developing necessary professional skills and talents to drive the insurance sector. Mr Thomas said the move became necessary because only a few insurance companies had in-house actuaries, thus the intervention by NAICOM to stem the tide. \u201cPart of our plans is that within the next five years, we want to produce at least 100 CAA and we will take responsibility for the commitment. \u201cPart of the development is human capital development, as the growth potential of the industry is built on the capacity to have the required capital that will drive it forward. \u201cThe issue of measuring and taking necessary steps for effective pricing has made the Actuarial profession to be more pertinent than ever. \u201cThere is a need to develop young professionals and give them a future in the insurance industry, and we are determined to develop their potential and make them relevant to the sector,\u201d Mr Thomas said.