Ooni of Ife becomes insurance broking ambassador

From left: Vice President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) Mr. Tunde Oguntade; President, Dr. (Mrs) Bola Onigbogi; Past President, Mr. Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja; Executive Secretary/CEO, Mr. Fatai Adegbenro and Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi during a courtesy visit of NCRIB to Ooni of Ife Palace.

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The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) has named the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi as the Insurance Broking Ambassador in Nigeria.

The President of the Council, Dr. (Mrs) Bola Onigbogi, said this at the courtesy visit paid by the delegation of the Council to the traditional ruler in his palace in Ile Ife, Osun State.

The NCRIB President noted that the traditional ruler has continued to demonstrate outstanding leadership and commitment to the growth of the insurance broking profession in Nigeria, stressing that the insurance industry’s capacity for growth would be enhanced if notable figures identified with the profession which she noted was the bastion of national economic growth.

The President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), Dr. (Mrs) Bola Onigbogi presenting plaque of honour to the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola at the Osun State Secretariat, Oshobo, with them are the Executive Secretary, NCRIB, Fatai Adegbenro and a Past President of the Council, Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja.

Onigbogi implored the royal father to utilize his position in the comity of other prominent traditional rulers in the country to assist with the propagation of insurance to enhance their understanding of the pivotal place of insurance for strengthening of social relationship at the grassroots as well as being a safety valve against perennial losses of property and lives.

“It is often the case that traditional rulers by virtue of their closeness to the grassroots are often the first point of contact by the people, especially when they suffer a loss and the embrace of insurance by the people would reduce the misery they often suffer and at the same time enhance the relevance of the traditional rulers to the people” Onigbogi said.

Responding, Oba Ogunwusi promised to assist the Insurance Broking profession and the industry generally to underscore the crucial place of insurance as a risk mitigating device amongst trational rulers in the country, stressing that there is no economy that could archive desired progress and development if insurance and risk management are not giving their deserved place.

In a similar vein, the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has assured that Osun State would continue to deploy insurance as a prudential strategy for protecting the human and material assets of the State.

From left: Osun State Commissioner for Government House, Alhaja Latifat Giwa; Vice President, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr. Babatunde Oguntade; President, NCRIB, Mrs. Bola Onigbogi; Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola; Executive Secretary, NCRIB, Mr. Fatai Adegbenro and Past President, Mr. Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja during a courtesy visit to Osun State Government house

Oyetola who spoke when a delegation of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, led by its President, Dr. (Mrs.) Bola Onigbogi paid him a courtesy visit in Osun State noted that the state was already working our ways to collaborate with the National Insurance Commission to grow the industry and accelerate its acceptance in Osun State by giving impetus to the law on compulsory insurances.

He noted that it was more prudent for government to insure its human and material assets well before any loss occurs to them rather than wait and bemoan the people’s calamities, most often by attempting to succor the victims from the meagre funds at the State’s disposal. “At best the monies could be diverted to more progressive ventures of the State requiring more urgent attention.

The NCRIB President, Bola Onigbogi utilized the platform to underscore the need for government to imbibe the culture of making budgetary provisions for insurance on a yearly basis so as to ensure provision of effective insurance covers for the numerous assets, guaranteeing economic and social stability of the country.

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