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Chuks Udo Okonta
The President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Eddie Efekoha, has lauded the Federal Government for its initiatives in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his recognition of the contributions made by the insurance sector in combating the pandemic.
In a National broadcast aired on various media platforms, President Muhammadu Buhari applauded the insurance industry for lending its might to help the Federal Government tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding on the provision of hazard allowances and other incentives with key health sector professional associations.
“We have also procured insurance cover for five thousand frontline health workers.
“At this point, I must commend the insurance sector for their support in achieving this within a short period of time,” Buhari said.
Reacting to this, Eddie Efekoha joined industry stakeholders in acknowledging the President’s compliments, stating that it was a thing of pride that the industry’s impact was being recognised by the highest level of governance in the country.
He attributed it to the collective hard work of all the stakeholders in the sector who have strived hard to ensure the industry is on the right path.
Efekoha also commended the Federal Government on its efforts to ensure that the country wins the fight against the coronavirus which has beleaguered nations all over the world.
“We are thankful that the Government has not let up on its oars in trying to ensure that the lives of Nigerian citizens return to normal within the shortest possible time. This is indicated in the efforts they have made in terms of Health infrastructure and business stimulus packages since the spread of the pandemic began.
“The NCDC has accredited 17 laboratories as at today and is actively working to significantly expand and increase national testing spread and capacity.
“The Central Bank is also working with Financial Institutions to provide support to businesses especially small and medium scale enterprises amongst other initiatives targeted at maintaining economic stability. This is very key as the ability of every sector to continue to hold out during this period is heavily dependent on the Government’s capability to ensure that the economic activities of the country do not completely grind to a halt,” Efekoha posited.
He expressed optimism that the worst would soon be over and urged citizens to abide by the rules and regulations put forward by relevant agencies.
Addressing insurance professionals, The President of CIIN urged them to lead exemplary lives and equally show compassion in their dealings.
“In times like this when we are tested on all fronts, we are urged to stay true to our beliefs as model professionals and compassionate beings. At all times, we are ambassadors of the noble profession of insurance and our actions should serve as a light to inspire and guide others,” he added.
He stated that the Institute was remodelling its operations in the light of the current situation to stay true to its core duty of providing a development platform for the manpower needs of the insurance sector.