From left: Mr. Tony Saiki, Head, Oil & Gas; Mrs. Joyce Ojemudia, General Manager, Marketing; Mr. Daniel Braie, Ag. Managing Director /CEO, all of Linkage Assurance Plc, receiving Pearl Sectoral Leadership Award in Insurance Category from Adedapo Adekoje, president, Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers during the 2018 Pearl Nigeria Awards held in Lagos.
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Chuks Udo Okonta
Linkage Assurance Plc has won the 2018 Pearl Sectoral Leadership Award on corporate excellence in the capital market, for the insurance industry category.
Linkage came tops, having been nominated with NEM Insurance Plc and Continental Reinsurance Plc, at a prestigious event held in Lagos with key stakeholder in the country’s capital market in attendance.
According to the organisers, Linkage Assurance Plc alongside other sectoral winners were companies that despite challenges in the economy in the 2017 financial year weathered the storm, outperform others, and sustained leadership of the market.
President/Chief Executive Officer, Pearl Awards Nigeria, Tayo Orekoya, said the award has recognized and rewarded over 85 quoted companies for outstanding operational and stock performance since inception.
“While commending Linkage Assurance for standing tall amidst challenges undermining growth of insurance business in Nigeria, he Orekoya said “As partners in progress with capital market regulators, we shall continue to engender healthy rivalry among other initiatives aimed at deepening the vibrancy of the market.
Acting Managing Director/CEO, Linkage Assurance Plc, Daniel Braie, who led top management of the Company to receive the award thanked the organizers for recognizing the efforts that the Board and management of the company were making to ensure value creation for shareholders.
Braie said, as a company “we are committed to sustaining the rules and regulations of the capital market, ensure regulatory compliance and good corporate governance practice”
He noted that the company will continue to deploy strategies and measures to increase insurance penetration and grow the business such that its shareholders will continue to earn good returns on their investment.
According to Braie, the potential of the insurance industry is huge, calling on the general public to embrace insurance as the most effective and efficient means of managing their risks against unforeseen circumstances.
Linkage Assurance Plc in the 2017 financial year recorded a 431 per cent growth in Profit After Tax (PAT), growing from N544.6 million in 2016 to N2.89 billion in the review period.
Total assets during the period also rose by 15 per cent, moving from N20.33 billion the previous year to N23.31 billion in 2017.