The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), is set to mobilise workers in insurance institutions to register with it in the next one year, its President, Mrs. Funmi Babington-Ashaye, has said.
Mrs. Ashaye, who spoke at the CIIN Elders’ Forum in Lagos, said this was aimed at enrolling about 3,000 members.
She said the Institute is in talks with the National Insurance Commission on the matter.
The president also said the creation of insurance awareness by the institute through enlightenment and education, was one of the critical strategies for rekindling Nigerians’ interests in the industry’s offerings, saying there was an information gap among the profession, industry and the public.It was against this background, she noted, that the institute decided to address the information gap through public enlightenment and education.
She said the institute had embarked on regular advocacy, enhanced insurance awareness, members’ con-tinuing professional development, among others.
She said: “Since I took over the mantle of leadership six months ago, our institute and profession had made modest progress The regular advocacy initiative involves reaching out to key stakeholders, policy makers, including top government functionaries to persuade them to create an enabling environment for insurance to thrive in their domains and also for them to embrace the insurance philosophy.
“Without doubt, the creation of insurance awareness through enlightenment and education is one of the critical strategies for rekindling the interest of stakeholders in the industry’s offerings. As part of the quick wins and the dire need to inform our members of happenings in the institute, profession and the economy, the council, under my leadership launched its CIIN Monthly Newsletter. Electronic copies of the September 2017 maiden edition were emailed in September 2017 to all financial members of the institute.
“We have taken the insurance awareness campaign to the youth. Our desire is to catch them young and imbibe in their consciousness the crucial roles insurance plays in human endeavours. As part of this initiative, the council has developed a roadmap to drive the institute’s proposed partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). The pilot edition of the programme kicked off at the Lagos State NYSC Camp during the November 2017 Orientation where a career talk was organised for the benefit of corps members.
‘’A CIIN Enquiry and Help Desk was also on ground throughout the duration of the orientation exercise where corps members were intimated on the concept of insurance and its benefits both as a profession and as a career. Also, a four week Insurance proficiency course organised for the Youth Corps members will commence on Saturday 20th January, 2018. This initiative, which is designed to help attract young Nigerians into the insurance profession, will be replicated and sustained in other states of the Federation until it achieves a national spread.’’