L-R: Chairman, Aba Tricycle Riders Integrated Welfare Association (ATRIWA) Umuahia Zone, Hon. Chisom John; MD/CEO, Universal Insurance Plc, Mr. Benedict Ugochukwu Ujoatuonu; Group Head Retail Universal Insurance Plc, Mr. Tony Okafor and Comrade Victor Nwacham, Chairman Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) at the unveiling of Keke Pass in Umuahia, Abia State.
BY NKECHI NAECHE-ESEZOBOR–Tricycle riders under the agies of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN) and Aba Tricycle Riders Integrated Welfare Association (ATRIWA) has praised the unveiling of Keke Pass in Umuahia and Aba.
Speaking at the launch. the Chairman, Aba Tricycle Riders Integrated Welfare Association (ATRIWA) Umuahia Zone, Hon. Chisom John, applauded the company for the initiative, noting that only serious minded company that understands the pain of tricycle riders will invest in such product.
According to him members of the association are involved in fatal accident everyday and sometimes they loss their tricyle and even die in such accident.
He noted that Keke Pass is the only way out for their members to live a normal life even after such accident.
He noted that the policy is a welfare package for members.
“The product is for the welfare of Keke riders and we will accept it. A lot of our members die as a result of Keke accident just because they don’t have enough to take care of hospital bill. We believe this product will go a long way to improve their lives.”
Also, Comrade Victor Nwoswgwu, Chairman Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), Umuahia Zone said is a good development that should be applauded.
According to him the product is cheap and affordable for their members, noting that the health package makes it even more better for it’s members.
Owing to the company’s pedigree on claims settlement, he said the association believe that the company will do it’s best to keep to promise of prompt claims Payment.
Speaking further the Welfare Officer of ATRIWA, Comrade Uzochukwu Nwoswgwu expressed his delight for the policy, adding that the unveiling of Keke Pass for them symbolised unity of purpose and provided a sense of belonging and direction for their members.
“For the first time in the history of our association we now have insurance protection. It is a wonderful experience and something our members have been looking forward to.”
“It’s commendable and is going to further change the way we riders do things going forward.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director/ CEO, Universal Insurance, Mr. Benedict Ujoatuonu, said the product became necessary because conventional insurance products do not take into account the peculiarities of ordinary Nigerians.
Ujoatuonu said: “Keke Pass is Keke Passenger Assurance Safety Scheme and it is intended to provide some personal accident cover for the riders and their passengers in terms of injury, death and third party liability while riding their Keke. Beyond the unique benefits this product provides for the riders, it makes it affordable because it is cheaper. It is also very flexible. This is because we are dealing with people in the lower cadre. The product is technologically driven, end-to-end, and sold via an electronic platform. With your mobile device, you can have access to it.’’