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NAICOM proposes N5m, N3m licensing fee for 2-tier insurance broking business

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Chuks Udo Okonta

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has proposed N5 million and N3 million licensing fees for insurance broking business in the country, as against the present fee of N2.5 million.

The insurance regulator in a draft guideline for the regulation of insurance brokers in Nigeria, issued in June 2018 to all insurance broking companies, stated that in the proposed regime, brokers would operate 2-tier mode – Corporate and Partnership.

NAICOM noted that investors seeking Corporate licence have to pay non refundable application fee of N500,000 and those for Partnership licence N300,000, adding that every insurance broker shall upon successful conclusion of the registration process but prior to issuance of a licence, pay a licensing fee of N4.5 million for Corporate and N2.7 million, which together with the application fee amounts to N5 million and N3 million respectively.

NAICOM posited that every insurance broker shall pay bi-annual licence renewal fees of N1 million for Corporate and N600,000 for Partnership, adding that Corporate brokers would maintain a professional indemnity cover of not less than N10 million, which is N100 million in the case of oil and gas insurance brokerage or 50 per centum of its annual brokerage income for the preceding year, whichever is the greater, whilst partnership operators will a professional indemnity cover of not less than N5 million, which is N50 million in case of oil and gas insurance brokerage or 50 per centum of its annual brokerage income for the preceding year, whichever is the greater.

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