The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB, has been startled by the spate of killings, kidnapping and other vices bedeviling Nigeria.
Bola Onigbogi, president and chairman of the Council while addressing the December 2020, Members Evening in Lagos said that is is so pathetic that some unscrupulous elements, under whichever guises, seem to have determined to make our nation unliveable.
According to Onigbogi, It was so disheartening when the news of about gruesome murder of 43 rice farmers at Kwashebe allegedly perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State filtered into the public. While the nation was still mourning the sad event, the unfortunate news of kidnapping of about 333 children of All-Boys Government Science Secondary School in northwestern Katsina State was aired. Even though, some of the children had been rescued, it still beats imagination that many of the victims are still allegedly in the confine of the kidnappers.
She said some other unnoticed and unreported cases of killings, kidnapping and rape go on within the society adding that this crime and other crimes allegedly carried out criminal organizations negate all human principles and moral values and stand in contradiction to the clear teachings of any ideal or ethical standards.
“As a Mother, I am deeply touched by the state of the kidnapped children and the family left behind by the rice farmers killed in their farms. Killing in the name of any religion or tribe is totally condemnable, and such act should not be condoned within the society.
“We, therefore, urge all the Security apparatuses to swing into action, first of all, to rescue the kidnapped children. We also urged the Federal Government to up its game to ensure that security of lives and properties is paramount to the government.
It is through this that all the strides of government in reflating the nation’s economy could become a reality.” she added.
She also informed that the Council is in process of admitting more members into the prestigious Society of Fellows of our noble Council, adding, “As you are aware, the Fellowship Award is the highest and most prestigious award from the Council.”
The president said that the current members of the Society, which include some notable net worth individuals in the country and overseas, had their Day known as Fellows Day just yesterday.
The admission of new members who would have scaled the hurdle for admission as stated in Section 6 Subsection 4a of the NCRIB Act No 21 of 2003 would be ratified at the next Board Meeting, she said.
She also congratulated the newly elected executives of three of the Council’s Area Committees who had their investitures recently. “In particular, I congratulate the Chairman, Lagos Area Committee, Mr. Rotimi Olukorede and his executive members, his counterpart from Western Area Committee, Mr. Olusegun Adebayo and his team and Mr. Samuel Adeniyi Olukotun of Northern Area Committee and his executive members. I congratulate you for a successful transition.”
Onigbogi, said the Council has continued to advance positive collaboration with other bodies within the industry such as the NIA, the CIIN and ILAN.
“While sustaining the tempo of technical relations with the NIA, we have continued to encourage underwriters to always see the sense in patronizing only current members of the NCRIB for credibility.
“We are not resting on our oars to educate the public to always insist on engaging only registered insurance Brokers when placing their insurances.
“Our relationship with the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has also been enhanced, the result is obvious in our dealings with the commission.
“We will continue to use every opportunity within our disposal to see better collaboration with the regulatory body.
“Since I became the President of the Council. I have led a team of the Council on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Insurance, Mr. O.S Thomas in Abuja. The outcomes of the meetings were quite positive and remarkably encouraging.” she stressed.
She said the Council is more concerned on how to accelerate its value rendition to members.
“I like to note that the agitation of members in this regard was not wrongly placed, considering the challenges they face on all ends, necessitating immediate collective solution from the Council.
“In addressing this, our team has further intensified efforts to make the Council’s training more relevant, affordable and accessible. Council’s training were quite strategic after identifying in clear terms the immediate and future challenges threatening Brokers. Feedbacks from most of our trainings are quite impressive.
“It is particularly heartwarming for me to announce that the present Management has produced a mini booklet on what Insurance Brokers do. This is expected to come handy for all Brokers as a means of enlightening and informing their clients (both existing or potential) about the roles of insurance Brokers. It should be a compendium for all.”
She also said that it is most heartening that the Council was one of the notable stakeholders invited to make input at the Public Hearing on the Insurance Bill before the House Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters in Abuja from Monday December 14 to Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.
The Council she said definitely put up a good showing at the event and all the views that had been submitted by all members were part of the submission made at the Public Hearing and assured that the NCRIB will continue to watch and monitor proceedings concerning the law, with the hope that the outcome would be to the sustainable growth and development of our profession.