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Chuks Udo Okonta
The late insurance guru Joseph Irukwu, did not just preached about insurance, he exemplified it by buying policies for everything he loved, as testified by his son Agu Irukwu, who said he got his first claims benefit on a stolen bicycle at the age of 10 years.
Agu who spoke at the Insurance Industry Day of Tributes for Prof. Joseph Irukwu, yesterday in Lagos, narrated how his late dad insured a bicycle he bought for him when he was 10 years.
According to him, having bought a bicycle for him, his late cautioned him to use it with care and while using the bicycle, it was stolen from where it was kept.
He noted that he was afraid to inform his dad about the stolen bicycle, adding that when the dad knew about the lost, he provided an insurance claims documents for him to fill and to his amazement the insurance firm made payment for replacement of the lost bicycle.
He said that was how he got to know the importance of insurance at an early age of 10 years.
He said his dad ensured everybody in the family live with knowledge of insurance, as he was insurance exemplified.
Agu Irukwu is a law graduate of the University of Warwick. A former investment banker and partner in a law firm, he is now the senior pastor of Jesus House for all Nations, London. He is a key member of the One People Commission of the Evangelical Alliance, a body set up to integrate ethnic minority churches more fully into the Evangelical Alliance. He cofounded a children’s charity with his wife, Sola, called Bright Futures for African Children. Pastors Agu and Sola Irukwu have three children and they live in Middlesex.