NAICOM to dialogue with directors, major stakeholders
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) is set to hold interactive sessions with directors of insurance companies and major policyholders to apprise them of the implementation of its regulatory priorities for the industry in 2017, and strategies to ensure the local retention of insurance business and premium across Nigeria.
A statement by NAICOM spokesman, Rasaaq Salami, said the meeting is in furtherance of the Commission’s commitment to ensure all stakeholders are adequately informed of developments in the sector, and NAICOM’s plans for progress.
He added that it is also intended to remind the directors of their roles and responsibilities in the effective and efficient management of their respective companies as key drivers of performance.
He said the interactive sessions will be held on separate dates in July and August, stressing that sessions will offer opportunities for the exchange of information and ideals between the regulator and the stakeholders.
It is also an opportunity for insurance consumers to directly interface with the regulator, and express their concerns with industry operators if any. Major insurance consumers from the manufacturing, aviation, oil and gas, marine, transport, construction, health and financial sectors of the economy are expected to attend the session, he said.
Issues bordering on appropriate pricing of insurance, risk based capital, corporate governance, service delivery, insurance penetration, local retention of insurance in line with NAICOM’s regulations and as well the local content Act, consumer protection, prompt settlement of genuine insurance claims amongst others, will be discussed at the meetings.
The meetings, he said are coming on the heels of the special training session on corporate governance and compliance endorsed by NAICOM for directors of insurance companies which was held recently.
Recall that in January, the Commission issued an industry circular that highlighted its regulatory priorities for 2017, recognising the recent changes in the boards of insurance companies in compliance with the corporate governance code of the Commission. The interactions became imperative in order to expose the new directors to the workings of the industry.
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