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Chuks Udo Okonta
The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) complying with the Act that established it, has revised the designation of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Director General to Registrar/CEO.
This resolution was recently passed in a Council Meeting held by the Institute.
Founded in 1959 by Article and Memorandum of Association, the Institute was known and referred to as Insurance Institute of Nigeria until February 26, 1993 when it became Chartered vide Decree (Now Act) No 22 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Upon establishment in 1959.
Section 8 of the Act, which spelt out how the CEO should be appointed stated thus:
Appointment of Registrar, e.t.c., and Preparation of the Register
(1) The Council shall appoint a fit and proper person to be the Registrar for the purposes of this Act.
(2) The Registrar shall, in addition to his other functions under this Act, be the Secretary to the Council and shall on the instructions of the President of the Institute or any committee of the Council convene and keep minutes of the proceedings at all meetings of the Council and committees thereof, as the case may be.
(3) The Council may appoint such other persons to be employees of the Institute as the Council may determine to assist the Registrar in the exercise of his functions under this Act.
(4) It shall be the duty of the Registrar to prepare and maintain, in accordance with rules made by the Council, a register of the names, addresses, approved qualifications, and of such other qualifications and particulars, as may be specified in the rules, of all persons who are entitled in accordance with the provisions of this Act, to be enrolled as fellows, including honorary fellows, associates, including honorary associates, and other members who, in the manner prescribed by such rules, apply to be so registered.
(5) The register shall consist of three parts of which-
(a) the first part shall be in respect of fellows including honorary fellows;
(b) the second part shall be in respect of associates including honorary associates; and
(c) the third part shall be in respect of others.
(6) Subject to the following provisions of this section, the Council shall make rules with respect to the form and the keeping of the register and the making of entries therein, and in particular-
(a) regulating the making of applications for enrolment or registration, as the case may be, and providing for the evidence to be produced in support of applications;
(b) providing for the notification to the Registrar, by the person to whom any registered particulars relate, of any change in those particulars;
(c) authorising an enrolled or a registered person to have any qualification which is, in relation to the relevant division of the profession, either an approved qualification or an accepted qualification for the purposes of this Act, registered in relation to his name in addition to or, as he may elect, in substitution for, any other qualification so registered;
(d) specifying the fees,j including any annual subscription, to be paid to the Institute in respect of the entry of names on the register, and authorising the Registrar to refuse to enter a name on the register until any fee specified for the entry has been paid; and
(e) specifying anything falling to be specified under the foregoing provisions of this section.
(7) Rules made for the purposes of paragraph (d) of subsection (6) of this section shall not come into force until approved at the next annual general meeting of the Institute.
(8) It shall be the duty of the Registrar-
(a) to correct, in accordance with the Council’s directions, any entry in the register which the Council directs him to correct as being in the Council’s opinion an entry which was incorrectly made;
(b) to make, from time to time, any necessary alterations to the registered particulars of registered persons;
(c) to remove from the register the name of any enrolled or registered person who has died;
(d) to record the name of any member of the Institute who is in default for more than six months in the payment of his annual subscription, and to take such action in relation thereto (including removal of the name of a defaulter from the register) as the Council under this Act may direct or require.
(9) If the Registrar-
(a) sends by post, to any registered or enrolled person, a registered letter addressed to that person at his address on the register, enquiring whether the registered or enrolled particulars relating to him are correct, and receives no reply to the letter within the period of six months from the date of posting it; and
(b) upon the expiration of that period, sends in the like manner to the person in question a second similar letter, and receives no reply to that letter within three months from the date of posting it,
the Registrar may remove the particulars relating to the person in question from the register:
Provided that the Council may direct the Registrar to restore to the appropriate part of the register any particulars removed therefrom under this subsection.
9. Publication of register and lists of correction
(1) It shall be the duty of the Registrar-
(a) to cause the register to be printed, published and put on sale to the members of the public not later than two years from the commencement of this Act;
(b) thereafter in each year, to cause to be printed, published and put on sale to the members of the public as aforesaid, either a corrected edition of the register or a list of corrections made to the register, since it was last printed;
(c) to cause a print of each edition of the register and of each list of corrections to be deposited at the principal office of the Institute; and
(d) to keep the register and the lists so deposited to be made available to members of the public at all reasonable times for inspection.
(2) A document purporting to be a print of an edition of the register published under this section by authority of the Registrar, or documents purporting to be prints of an edition so published, shall (without prejudice to any other mode of proof) be admissible in any proceedings as evidence that any person specified in the document, or the documents read together, as being registered, was so registered at the date of the edition or of the list of corrections, as the case may be, and that any person not so specified was not so enrolled or registered.
(3) Where, in accordance with subsection (2) of this section, a person is in any proceedings, shown to have been or not to have been registered or enrolled at a particular date, he shall, unless the contrary is proved, be taken for the purposes of those proceedings as having at all materials times thereafter continued to be or not to be so enrolled or registered.