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Chuks Udo Okonta
The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) which was established in August 1959 and charged with the general duty of determining the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members of the Insurance profession in Nigeria, has so far produced 3,335 associates, 212 fellows.
Its President, Eddie Efekoha, who disclosed this at the institute’s 60th anniversary gala night, last week in Lagos, noted that over the years, the institute has remained committed to carrying out its major duty of catering for the manpower needs of the insurance Industry.
He noted that the CIIN has also continued to provide a platform for industry excellence and remains a rallying point for Insurance practitioners and stakeholders nationwide, adding that it has evolved from being a tenant at Ajele to owning its own edifice which now houses its secretariat in Ebute Metta in 1999 and that it got its chartered status through Act No 22 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in February 1993.
According him, the establishment of the Secretariat, was to cater for the needs of its growing membership, adding that the institute also recorded the feat of establishing the College of Insurance and Financial Management to enhance manpower development in the industry.
“These modest achievements will not have been possible but for the hard work, passion, and determination of our founding fathers and leaders of the Institute,” he said.
Efekoha maintained that as the 49th President of the Institute, he and his team will ensure that the Institute continues to retain its pride of place within the Insurance Industry in Nigeria and beyond.
“We will encourage and involve our young professionals in the affairs of both the institute and the industry. Mentor them on the values of professionalism, integrity, ethical conduct, which you, our elders, hold very dear to your hearts such that in another sixty years from now they would look back and say that they have neither disappointed you nor themselves. Indeed they will celebrate many milestones and our industry would be better for it. The common comparison of the Nigerian market vis a vis what exists in other climes would have seized to exist,” he posited.
The gala night which brought the programmes for the anniversary to an end, provided rooms for stakeholders to wine and dine, celebrate heroes, heroines who have contributed immensely to the growth of the institute and industry. There was also a launch of a compendium chronicling the achievements of the Institute over the past 60 years.