L-R: Past Chairman Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) and GMD Custodian and Allied Investment Plc, Mr. Wole Oshin; Oye Hassan-Odukale; MD/CEO Leadway Assurance; New NIA Chairman and GMD NEM Insurance Plc, Mr. Tope Smart; his predecessor, Mr. Eddie Efekoha, and Commissioner for Insurance, National Insurance Commission, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, during the investiture of Mr. Tope Smart as the Chairman, NIA at the 47th Annual General Meeting of the association in Lagos on Thursday. June 28, 2018.
BY NKECHI NAECHE—-Insurance operators under the umbrella body of Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) on Thursday elected Tope Smart as the new chairman of the association.
The event which took place at the 40th annual general meeting of the association in Lagos, brought to an end a productive tenure of the outgoing chairman, Eddie Efekoha as chairman.
L-R: MD/CEO of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Segun Omosehin; Newly sworn NIA chairman, Tope Smart and his wife Dr. Mrs Tonia Smart; MD/CEO Capital Express Assurance, Bola Odukale and deputy chairman o for NIA and GMD Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Ganiyu Musa at the event.
Speaking at the meeting the Efekoha said the industry was able to grow its volume of business by 15 percent to stand at N363billion in 2017.
According to him the business written by operators rose from N315.96billion in the previous year of 2016 to N363billion reported in the year under review.
From left: Commissioner for insurance Mohammed Kari and the New chairman of NIA Tope Smart (3rd and 4th), NIA flagged by past chairmen of tge Association.
L-R: Olakunle Apampa, Managing Director/CEO; a guest; new chairman of NIA, Tope Smart, DG NIA, Yetunde Ilori and DMD NEM Insurance Plc, Mrs. Giwa Osagie at the event.
Speaking on his achievements as chairman, Efekoha said the industry operators in collaboration with the regulator have embarked on various initiatives to deepen insurance penetration.
Cross section of staffs of NEM Insurance Plc and the new chairman Tope Smart and his wife Dr. Mrs Tonia Smart at the event.
The immediate past chairman who also doubles as managing director of Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc, however listed insurance industry roadmap; financial inclusion;micro insurance, bancassurance; insurance rebranding project, the association’s USSD initiatives; other strategic efforts amongst others as initiatives that will increase insurance uptake by the public.
He thanked the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and other professional bodies for their collaboration and immeasurable support during the past two years of as chairman.
In his acceptance speech, the newly sworn chairman promised to do everything humanly possible to lift the association forward.
Mr Smart noted that although the task is challenging but assured that he will give it his best shot.
He said his tenure is going to leverage on his experience as treasury and support of past chairmen and members to take the association to the next level.
On collaboration he said: ” I will collaborate with NAICOM, NCRIB, ILAN and other agencies to move out great association forward. Protection of members is paramount to me and my administration believes in this slogan ”NIA first’ .
The association also elected the group managing director of Cornerstone Insurance Plc, Ganiyu Musa as its deputy chairman.
While the MD/CEO of Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc, Segun Omosehin; MD/CEO of AIICO Insurance Plc, Edwin Igbiti and MD/CEO Capital Express Assurance, Bola Odukale were all elected into the Governing Council of the association.