ADDRESS BY LADY ISIOMA CHUKWUMA, PRESIDENT/ CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL CHARTERED INSURANCE INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA DURING THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE INSTITUTE’S 2015 ANNUAL EDUCATION SEMINAR ON THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER, 2015 AT GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL, PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE.
I have the utmost pleasure in welcoming you 43rd edition of the annual Education Seminar of our great Institute in the firm belief that it will be a rewarding experience for us as individuals and Insurance Practitioners.
I must reiterate that the rotation of hosting of the Seminar amongst the Chapters of the Institute commands immense significance, especially in conferring a high level of responsibility on the Chapters for ensuring the mass participation of members in their jurisdiction. The Port Harcourt Chapter, host of this year’s edition, hosted the seminar last in 2012 i.e. three years ago. The Governing Council acknowledges the painstaking efforts of the Chairman and Executive members of the Chapter in the provision of adequate support for a hitch- free Seminar.
The Seminar Theme: “SYNERGIZING BRANCH OPERATIONS AND INSURANCE AWARENESS” focuses on the roles of Branch Operations in the effective retailing of Insurance products and services for the purpose of meeting the Insurance needs of the teeming population in order to achieve the growth potentials of the Industry and enhancing the Gross Domestic Product of our nation.
The 2015 Seminar seeks to champion the repositioning of branch offices for prompt resolution of customer related issues to broaden the scope of public acceptance of Insurance. The Seminar also seeks to identify the growth potentials of the insurance industry through branch office machinery and other grassroots retail networks.
Let me therefore on behalf of the Governing Council thank the Guest Speaker, Mr. Edwin Igbiti and the Discussants for accepting to share their wealth of experience and for their invaluable time.
I must say that we are particularly grateful to the National Insurance Commission under the leadership of the Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari for the continuous support given to the Institute in its endeavours and for accepting to deliver the keynote address at this gathering.
The Institute has been pursuingvigorously, its major policy thrusts which encompasses the theme of my Presidency; “Consolidating the Gains of the Industry for National Economic Growth”, and have been broken down into the:
Promotion of the ideals of the Insurance Industry Consultative Council (IICC)
Reinforcing the huge potentials of the Centre for Insurance and Financial Management Studies.
Situating the CIIN on the global stage:
Promoting Insurance Awareness by increasing the visibility of Insurance in national consciousness
Follow-up on the recognition of the CIIN Certificate by the Head of Service of the Federation.
Further work on achieving wider coverage in the presentation and distribution of the Institute’s sponsored Insurance Textbook for Senior Secondary Schools.
Renewed Pursuit of Training for Insurance Teachers on a National scale.
Completion of the Institute’s Examinations Syllabus Review
Commencement of work on the Institute’s Victoria Island Property
Pursuit of the expansion of the Institute’s examinations to countries in West, East and Central Africa sub-regions i.e. Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe etc.
Promotion of CIIN members’ benefits.
Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are here in the serenity of Golden Tulip, Port Harcourt, Rivers State for a rewarding exchange of net-worth experiences. Let me end by urging all participants to take active part in the deliberations.
As I take my seat, I wish to welcome you once again to the 2015 Education Seminar and wish you a rewarding experience.
Thank you for your attention
LADY ISIOMA CHUKWUMA, ACII, AIIN
President/Chairman of Council
CHARTERED INSURANCE INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA