By Yemisi izuora
Less than one month to the 2015 general elections, the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) has advised politicians to take up insurance especially at this crucial electioneering period, citing cases of recent attacks within the political circles.
The President of the council, Mr. Ayodapo Shoderu disclosed this through a statement by the council’s Public Relation Manager, Mr. Dele Ayelose noted that the election period is characterised by high level exposure to diverse human and material risks that could be mitigated if the political class facto in insurance into their plans.
The council also commiserated with victims of recent fire disasters in Iron Rod Market, Agodi in Ibadan and Balogun markets in Lagos.
Shoderu lamented the continuous loses of merchandise and properties in many commodity markets in the country to fire disasters, noting that such loses could be better prevented and mitigated if the victims had embraced insurance.
According to him, the market fires had deprived means of livelihood and survival to several market men and women who expectedly were breadwinners of their families.
Shoderu, noted that fire disasters further deplete the national wealth as most of the victims constitute a significant chunk of entrepreneurial class who are supposedly great contributors to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
His word: “The NCRIB is pained by the loss and we seize this opportunity to underscore the need for adequate preventive measures against fire disasters.
“This is why the economy is not growing. Insurance is the last hope of any human kind. If a loss occurs and insurance has been purchased, it puts the individual in better stead as if no loss was occurred. But where no insurance has been purchased, it causes a reduction in wealth by the amount of value of those insurable assets.
He nevertheless urged the government to embark on aggressive asset protection through public enlightenment about risk prevention and control in major market in Nigeria.
The council reiterated the call for compulsory insurance of all Nigerian markets and public edifices as enshrined in the legal provision under Insurance Act 1997 (section 64 and 65) of insurance of public buildings.
The council further said that it sympathized with victims of the twin fire incidents both in Lagos and Ibadan where properties worth millions of naira were lost.
It also pleaded with individuals and corporate institutions to always conform to extant fire laws in public places as well as avail themselves the benefits of insurance, particularly those that relates to fire and property.