NAICOM aims to achieve N1.5trn GWP

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) says it is planning to achieve 10 per cent penetration, N1.5 trillion Gross Written Premium (GWP).
To achieve this, it plans to work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) cohorts across geo-political zones.
It also said that it would  build trust among the insured leading to more referral and build confidence in the sector by reducing incidences of fake insurance.
The statement was made byNAICOM Commissioner for Insurance, Mr Sunday Olorunda Thomas in an interview with repoters
According to him,  the commission launched Market Development and Restructuring Initiative (MDRI) in
 
He said: “Target market however is Government, Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) and Millennials and Gen Z, which make up 60 per cent of our population.
“Our strategic themes include increased awareness and education; stakeholder’ grooming/partnerships; high-impact media productions; and a social/digital NAICOM
“To increase awareness and education, we will also launch a joint implementation task force with police, FS, FRSC, Ministry of Justice, Mobile Courts, Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) at all levels, among others. We will hold insurance stakeholder’s forum/town hall meetings, launch the Insurance Industry Thought Leadership Series on Testimonials and Endorsements, among others.”
He added that the commissioner stated that as a sector of the national economy, the commission has statutory mandates.
He said: “We know that the driver of the economy is the people at the lower level of the pyramid and therefore we are taking financial inclusion policy very seriously. While it is now a national policy, the insurance sector is far behind but we are doing a lot of catch up. To this effect, two Takaful companies have been licensed in addition to the existing ones. We have four micro insurance company that has also been licensed and two are on the verge of being licensed. We believe that if we are able to properly take care of the supply side, the demand aspect of it is will run smoothly. Similarly, the traditional method of distributing insurance has become inadequate to take care of the speed we want to gain and the people who want to reach and so we must begin to develop other channels of distribution. There are few of them that have been developed and waiting for final touches here and there for them to be released.
“We are conscious of the fact that the sector is a knowledge-based sector and therefore human capacity to drive this initiative is critical. The development in the actuarial profession has been on the drawing board for years. The first sets of those who will write the actuarial exam will qualify as certified actuarial analyst. The exam was held last week and I was made to understand that in the next six weeks or so, they will hear the results. We have made a pledge to see the possibility of having about 100 of them in the next four years. It’s a target and we see how far we can go. We believe that we need actuarial analyst to stand in the gap pending the time that we will have sufficient number of actuaries for the market.
“I want to say that we are also conscious that technology drives business. We have started with ourselves at the commission and our automation plans have commenced. We want to see how far we can run within the commission. The plan by the commission to have a portal started about now nine to 10 years ago and until last year, nothing was happening. But we picked it up last year and the first phase of the portal has been successfully completed. On the strategic plan of the commission, the last one ended in 2020. So, we have picked it up from 2021 to 2023. We are following and pursuing it. We believe that with what we have in the plan, we should be able to make a difference in the market.

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