NAICOM issues regulatory order on IGI, UnityKapital Assurance


NAICOM’s Commissioner for Insurance, Fola Daniel

THE National Insurance Commission in exercise of the powers conferred on it by enabling laws has issued regulatory orders on Industrial and General Insurance Plc and UnityKapital Assurance Plc.

The orders which were conveyed in separate letters dated July 30 and 31, 2015 are signed by the Deputy Commissioner (Technical) Mohammed Kari.
The Commission directs IGI to appoint an auditing firm from amongst KPMG, PWC and Delloitte to conduct a comprehensive financial review of the company and submit the report to the commission within two weeks of the date of the regulatory order.

The firm will undertake a comprehensive review of IGI’s accounting system; conduct capital verification and validate the financial position of the company as at July 31, 2015.

The management is ordered not to incur any expenditure in excess of N250,000.00 (Two hundred and fifty thousand naira) and not carry out new investments or dispose any of its assets without the prior approval of NAICOM. IGI will submit monthly report on its activities to NAICOM effective August, 2015.

Also, the board of UnityKapital is restricted from holding any meeting or taking any further decisions in respect of the affairs of the company during the subsistence of the regulatory order.

While the executive management is directed to run the affairs of the company, all issues which may require approval of the board shall be referred to the commission for consideration for approval.

The management is restricted from incurring any expenditure on a single transaction in excess of (N250,000) without prior approval of the commission
It shall also not incur any capital expenditure within the subsistence of this regulatory order without the approval of the commission.

The order forbids UnityKapital divesting any of its existing investment without written approval of the commission. All proceeds of divestment that have commenced prior to the order shall be paid into a dedicated account as approved by the commission.

Both regulatory orders are with effect from August 3, 2015 and for initial periods of six months in the case of IGI and (90days) for UnityKapital.
The Regulatory orders may be extended to such a period when the Commission is satisfied that there is no potential risk to policyholders of each of the companies.

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