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Chuks Udo Okonta
Eyean Secondary School, Benin City, Edo State, has won the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Secondary School Insurance Awareness Competition.
The school came top amongst the 10 secondary schools that participated in the competition, which held today at Imaguero School Hall, Benin City, Edo State.
Niger College, Benin City, took the second position, while the third position went to Idia College, Benin City.
President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Edwin Igbiti, at the event, said the awareness competition is aimed at educating and informing young people about the importance of insurance in their lives, adding that as we go about our daily lives, we are all exposed to various risks – whether that be from accidents, loss or damage of property, illness or even death.
He submitted that insurance is a mechanism that helps us manage these risks, providing a safety net in the event that the worst happens.
“This competition has been designed by the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria to help young people understand the role of insurance in society and how it impacts our lives.
“By participating, students will learn about the various types of insurance available, the risks they cover, and the benefits they offer.
“They will also learn about the importance of being responsible and taking steps to protect ourselves and our possessions,” he said.
Igbiti maintained that more than just an educational exercise, the competition is an opportunity for young people to engage with the world around them and explore concepts that have a real-world impact, stressing that the competition format challenge and inspire students, and provide a unique opportunity to develop important skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and public speaking.
He noted that by fostering an understanding of insurance and its importance in society, the Institute believes it can help build a more resilient and secure community.
He posited that by engaging with the topic the students would gain valuable knowledge and skills that would serve them well in the future.
The CIIN President appreciated the teachers and parents who supported and encouraged the students and also poured encomium on the CIIN secretariat under the leadership of the Director-General, Mrs. Abimbola Tiamiyu for the job well done.
He said the institute is the educational arm of the insurance industry which is saddled with the responsibility of creating insurance awareness and produces efficient and pragmatic manpower to the insurance labour space.