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Insurance Sector Needs Capital, Professionalism and Democratisation’, Says UBA Chair, Tony Elumelu

Tony Elumelu, CON, Chairman, Heirs Holdings and United Bank for Africa
Plc (UBA), giving a keynote address at the recent 60th anniversary of the
Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) conference,
underlined the importance of a vibrant, well capitalised and deep
insurance sector to Nigeria’s economy.
“Not least in these testing times, our people need financial security,
secure savings and protection against uncertainty. Our industry needs to
offer simple, smart products, that give value and deliver. We need an
industry that is professional and can catalyse investment in key sectors
such as power, infrastructure and housing”.
Elumelu congratulated the NCRIB on its anniversary and the role it has
played, joining other prominent guests including Commissioner for
Insurance and the President of NCRIB. But he stated there was no room
for complacency, with the sector needing to regain trust, stamp down
on malpractice and fundamentally evolve its customer proposition to deepen the insurance penetration.
He emphasised the commitment of Heirs Holdings to the insurance
He said: “Our two insurance companies, Heirs Life Assurance and Heirs
Insurance Limited, are both leading democratisation of access to
insurance which is a tool for financial inclusion, employment creation,
poverty eradication and female advancement. In a country of two
hundred million, we can, should and must be more relevant than we are today. I am an optimist, not a pessimist. I know that times are tough, but together we can, and we will transform our industry, create value, and provide solutions that demonstrate the value of insurance to our people. Reiterating Elumelu’s stance, Mr. Sunday Thomas, Commission for Insurance called for more collaboration and effort in enabling access to insurance, stating that the industry could do more in this prospect.
He said: “It is a fundamental truth that the insurance sector exists for othersectors to thrive. A lot has been achieved, but there is still more work to be done. Until insurance becomes the oxygen that homes and other industries breathe, and a subject that is known to everyone, we have not arrived”.
The president, NCRIB, Barrister Rotimi Edu, appreciated Elumelu for delivering the keynote speech at the event, while making a commitment on behalf of the Council to further deepen insurance penetration in Nigeria. He said: “The Council is already creating avenues through strategic engagements with notable governmental and nongovernmental institutions to deepen the industry in the country”. Heirs Insurance and Heirs Life are lead sponsors of the NCRIB 60th Anniversary, alongside investment group United Capital Plc and healthcare management company, Avon HMO, all investee companies of Heirs Holdings, a panAfrican investment group, with a portfolio spread across 24 African countries and four continents.

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