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Chuks Udo Okonta
The conduct of some of our professionals in the market is; to say the least; appalling, the Commissioner for Insurance, Mohammed Kari, has said.
He disclosed this at a forum in Abeokuta, Ogun State, adding that stakeholders in the industry look forward to a day when a professional will be de-certified by the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) for unprofessional conduct.
He charged the CIIN to take a critical look at this development with a view to coming up with measures to arrest it, stressing that in the spirit of self-regulation, the Commission therefore demands that the Institute gives an accelerated attention and incept the process of reviewing and enforcing the Code of Conduct for members, failure of which it would be left no option, but to enforce it as contained the law.
“All my short professional life I have consistently harp on the issue of Ethics and Professionalism. Posterity will not judge us right if we depart this career without leaving a positive and lasting impact on what had sustained us this far. By a simple exercise, we can ask ourselves how many of these CIIN certified and qualified members have exhibited and sustained the spirit of the profession. How many of us conduct our business in line with the ethics, standards and principles that guide the practice of an insurance professional.
“The conduct of some of our professionals in the market is; to say the least; appalling and I want to urge the Institute to take a critical look at this development with a view to coming up with measures to arrest it. We look forward to a day when a professional will be de-certified by the Institute for unprofessional conduct. Cases are abound around us in other professions where the privileges of a practitioner is withdrawn for some unacceptable act in his calling,” he said.