Wise Nigerians find succour in life insurance

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Chuks Udo Okonta

Prudent Nigerians are taking refuge in life insurance to secure their lives against numerous malaise in the country.

These Nigerians have continued to invest in individual life insurance to secure their lives against uncertainties that may arise around them and their families.

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) in its Bulletin of the Insurance Market Performance in third quarter 2022, stated that the demand for individual life insurance cover led to 41.2 per cent of the premium generated in Life business during the period.

According to NAICOM the Nigerian Insurance industry in the third quarter of 2022 as captured by its analytical report, was a virtue of an excellent performance in the financial services sector of the economy, as it generated N532.7 billion in gross premium income at a Year on Year (YoY) growth rate of about 15 per cent during the period.

The insurance industry regulator stated that the Non-Life segment sustained its market dominance at 58.4 per cent of the total premium generated.

It noted that insights in the segment show oil & gas was the leading driver at 30.8 per cent with fire insurance following at 21.3 per cent, motor insurance stood at 14.6 per cent while marine & aviation, general accident and miscellaneous reported a share of 11.8 per cent, 11.2 per cent and 10.3 per cent respectively.

NAICOM maintained that life business on the other hand recorded 41.6 per cent of the market production as its share contribution gradually closes up.

The share of annuity in the life insurance business, it said lagged at about twenty six per cent (25.5%) while individual life was at 41.2 per cent of the premium generated
during the period.

It submitted that the insurance market indeed remained profitable during the period, recording an overall industry average of about fifty-five (54.5%) per cent, a note worthy performance though lesser,
compared to 46.7 per cent recorded in the corresponding period of preceding year.

The Non-Life segment, it said stood at 43.5 per cent better than in the life business which reported a net loss ratio of sixty
four (63.6%) per cent during the period.

The sustained lower net loss ratios of the non-life which is relatively a short-term business, it noted is good for the market as it could quickly register some good
market image and confidence in the industry.

NAICOM posited that despite a rather good scenario of the market average, some three insurers gave rise to the reported net loss ratio of the period under review adding that those were underwriters with figures of a hundred per cent and above of net loss ratios.

“The market concentration as shaped by competition and other factors in the industry revealed a rather similar scenario compared to the second quarter of 2022, indicating that the market control setting has not significantly changed in the last three months. In the Life business segment, the least three companies recorded a proportional contribution of about 0.1 per cent same
position compared to prior quarter while the top three Insurers contributed 49.3 per cent of all premiums generated during the period, just about four points increase compared to 45.4 per cent recorded in the previous period. similarly, the non-life business had a record of 0.2 per cent of its market share contributed by the least three of the underwriters, same as in the prior period of second quarter of the year while about 31 per cent of the non-life gross premium was contributed by its top three Insurers, up from about 27 per cent it recorded in the previous quarter,” it said.

NAICOM noted that comparatively, the top 10 underwriters in the non-life section of the industry underwrote about sixty-four (64.2%) per cent of the gross premiums income portraying an increased concentration risk from its position of 60.8 per cent recorded in the prior period. Nonetheless, at the
least bottom of the market, are institutions under regulatory watch or facing various operational challenges as revealed over time. In the overall analysis, the market maintained a fairly balanced concentration especially in the Non-Life section of the industry, it stated.

It maintained that the industry recorded a total Asset of about N2.3 trillion,indicating a 9.0 per cent increase, YoY, adding that the industry balance sheet revealed about N1.1trillion in assets of non-life business while the life business stood at about N1.2 trillion.

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