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Insurers Want NAICOM To Endorse Insurance Act 2003

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The Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) has  urged the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to sustain the enforcement of the compulsory insurances listed in the Insurance Act of 2003.
The associations’ Chairman, Mr Godwin Wiggle, said this in Lagos at a meeting between the Commissioner For Insurance (CFI), Mr Fola Daniel and NIA member-companies.
The Tide source reports that enforcement issues among others were presented at the meeting.
Wiggle said the association was also seeking the assistance of NAICOM to ensure a further amendment of the Companies Income Tax Amendment (CITA) Act 2007.
According to him, the amendment of the Act will relieve insurance companies of the heavy tax burdens inhibiting the desired growth of the market.
The NIA boss said the association had made some giant strides, including strengthening of Customer Complaints Bureau, an alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
“We have also mounted awareness campaigns to increase insurance education among the people.
“This will help to bring more people into the insurance net,’’ Wiggle said.
He disclosed that Energy and Allied Insurance Pool had also been created to curb capital flight from the country.
He added: “It will also help increase retention and building capacity in energy and allied risks underwriting as well as sponsorship of a candidate to pursue a Master of Science degree in Actuarial Science in a UK University.’’
Wiggle advised companies to key into the pool arrangement in order to participate fully in the underwriting of oil and gas insurance risks in the Nigerian market.
“I want to appreciate the industry for the success of the December 2014 insurance summit and to request that insurance companies should key into the goals of the summit which include enforcement of public interest and compulsory insurances.
“Others are to deliver jobs and skills development, build consumer trust and awareness as well as increase access to insurance.’’
Wiggle urged the insurance commissioner to assist the association by supporting its initiatives to ensure insurance penetration in the country.
Also speaking, Daniel called on the association to shore up the fortunes of the insurance companies.
He advised insurers to key into the growth agenda adopted by the government as a fall-out of the insurance summit.

Director of Publications, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim (right), with Chief Operating Officer, Neomantra Ltd, during a press conference for the 2nd Port Harcourt International Fashion Week, in Port Harcourt, recently.Photo: Chris Monyanaga

Director of Publications, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr Paulinus Nsirim (right), with Chief Operating Officer, Neomantra Ltd, during a press conference for the 2nd Port Harcourt International Fashion Week, in Port Harcourt, recently. Photo: Chris Monyanaga

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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