• Saturday, July 13, 2024
businessday logo


Make insurance a life style for every Nigeria – Onifade charges operators

NAICOM should set digitalisation benchmark to drive insurance – Onifade

The MD/CEO, Heirs Life Assurance (HLA), Niyi Onifade, has called for a deliberate and urgent effort in groom the next generation of insurance professionals to transform the industry.

He made this charge while delivering the keynote speech at the 2022 Induction and Award ceremony of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) at the College of Insurance and Financial Management in Ogun State.

Onifade joined the President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Edwin Igbiti, past council presidents and other dignitaries at the auspicious ceremony, celebrating over 150 newly inducted chartered professionals.

Speaking on the topic “The Professional: Key Player to a Sustainable Insurance Industry,” Onifade congratulated the new inductees and awardees, highlighting the significant role insurance professionals play in sustaining the economy.

According to him, “The insurance professional is one of the most essential professionals in the context of the global economy. We play a key role in sustaining the economy by protecting the means of livelihood of millions of people – both in terms of lives and possessions.”

He charged the inductees to be good ambassadors of the profession by upholding the code of ethics and acting with the highest professional standards and integrity. He added that the new status comes with certain responsibilities and expectations, imploring them to adhere to relevant laws and regulations governing the affairs of the industry.

Read also: NHIA urges CBN to make health insurance requirement to open bank account

Speaking on transformation, Onifade made a case for a joint vision statement by the insurance industry. According to him, underwriters need to do more to encourage Nigerians to adopt insurance as a lifestyle.

He said: “I would like to advocate for the adoption of a common Vision Statement for our industry. I recommend an industry Vision Statement that reads like this: “To make insurance a lifestyle in Nigeria.” This should be adopted by all our industry players – insurance companies, brokers, loss adjusters etc. When insurance becomes a lifestyle, every Nigerian would remember to add insurance premium to his budget list.”