NAICOM eyes recapitalisation to stimulate infrastructural financing, job creation

From left: Albert van der Linden, Speaker/Senior Research Associate, Cenfri; Sunday Thomas, Acting Commissioner for Insurance and Nosike Agokei, Principal Partner, Agokei and Co, at the event.

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Chuks Udo Okonta

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has expressed optimism that the successful completion of the ongoing recapitalisation will simulate accumulation of long-term funds for infrastructural financing; job creation and an improved Return on Investment (RoI).

The Acting Commissioner for Insurance, Sunday Thomas, said this today at the 2nd Edition of the Conference for Directors of Insurance Companies in Lagos, adding that once the regulator and insurance firms can successfully navigate the racapitilisation corner, they could be on their way to entrenching a financially solid, vibrant, viable and active insurance market that would bring about not only an increase in penetration, but a substantial increase in the industry’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

He posited that the Commission shall continue to introduce new reforms and initiatives in the march towards achieving the full potential of the industry, stressing that the insurance sector in Nigeria, with a contribution to the nation’s GDP at less than one per cent has underperformed its potential especially when compared with other sectors in the financial services industry.

“In order to build capacity of the stakeholders, the Commission resolved to conduct series of programs for all its stakeholders. This engagement therefore, is one of such programs earmarked by the Commission to keep members of the Board of Directorsabreast of the workings of the sector being one of its critical stakeholders,” he said.

From left: Albert van der Linden, Speaker/Senior Research Associate, Cenfri; Eddie Efekoha, President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria; Sunday Thomas, Acting Commissioner for Insurance; Henry Akwara, Chief Executive Officer, Mayflora Consulting Limited; Nosike Agokei, Principal Partner, Agokei and Co. and Yeside Oyetayo, Rector, College of Insurance and Financial Management at the event.

Thomas maintained that in the last few years, the insurance industry has witnessed series of changes following reforms embarked upon by NAICOM. According to him, these reforms include financial reporting standard, No Premium No Cover, Corporate Governance Code, Risk Based Supervision framework, Financial Inclusion, Claims Settlement, Market Conduct, Expansion of Distribution Channels, Recapitalization and more, adding that all these initiatives are aimed at building confidence, trust and enhancing market value and profitability.

He charged members of board of companies to ensure financial soundness and general wellbeing of their organisations, by monitoring the management, to guarantee effective and efficient deployment of human and capital resources in the overall benefit of all stakeholders. The observance of this role, he said has been lacking in some of the companies and which has contributed in no small measure to the challenges facing these companies today.

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