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NAICOM Should Resolve Insurance Hiccups – FG

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The Federal Government has explained that the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) Act 1997 and the Insurance Act 2003 were being reviewed to provide an effective framework for insurance business in Nigeria, even as it urged the newly reconstituted Board of NAICOM to resolve all issues confronting the regulatory agency in discharge of its mandates.
The Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Remi Babalola, who spoke while inaugurating the NAICOM board under the chairmanship of a former Minister, Hajiya Inna Maryam Ciroma expressed hope that Board would be strictly guided by the provisions of the Acts after its enactment to ensure international best practice.
Presently, he stressed the need for the Board to be more pragmatic and innovative in resolving “Issues militating against the full realisation of the objectives of the commission such as poor underwriting practice, excessive risk appetite, lack of integrity, lack of autonomy and in appropriate pressure for short-term returns.”
According to Mr. Babalola, “these issues must be addressed by the Board. Your roles as Board members are strategic rather than operational. You must give the desired direction to the management.”
He said that the members of the board must justify the confidence reposed on the board by the government by operating within the confines of the NAICOM Act 2003.
Part II Section 9 (a-d) of the Act provides the mandate of the board including, to manage and supervise the affairs of the commission, for the overall policy and general administration, of the commission an act in the name of the commission.
Also, to recommend to the minister from time to time the rates of the contributions to be made by insurance institutions to funds of the commission, and to do such other things and enter into such transactions which in its opinion are necessary to ensure the efficient performance of its functions under the Act or any other enactment.
The Minister noted that the insurance sector which is part of the financial system is expected to play a vital role in the federal government’s efforts to move the economy forward. “The sector represents an important component in the financial intermediation chain and remains the backbone of Nigeria’s risk management systems”, he said.
In her response on behalf of the Board members, the Board chairman, Hajiya Inna Maryam Ciroma, expressed gratitude to the president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua for considering them worthy of the board.
She assured that the member would betray the confidence reposed on them saying, “we assure you that we will serve diligently to the realisation of the Federal Government’s Financial System Strategy (FSS 2020)”.
“We will lift the insurance sector forward to play its role in the nation’s economy in line with international best practice.”
The members of the new NAICOM Board to be inaugurated include: Hajiya Inna Ciroma as chairman of the Board, Senator Collins Ndu, Mr. Oluwatayo Boye, Alhaji Aminu Ahmed Tapeco, and the Commissioner for Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of NAICOM, Mr. Fola Daniel.

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Multiple Fibre Cuts Bar MTN’s 87m Customers From Calls, Data

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MTN Nigeria has blamed the recent network issue experienced by its customers nationwide on multiple fibre cuts.
Recall that MTN customers were unable to make calls or use their data last Wednesday.
According to the company, the problem started at about 1.39 PM on Wednesday.
In its reaction via X, MTN Nigeria blamed the network issue on multiple fibre cuts, even as it assured that its engineers are working assiduously to restore normal services.
The statement reads: “Dear Customer, you have been experiencing challenges connecting to the network due to a major service outage caused by multiple fibre cuts, affecting voice and data services.
“Our engineers are working hard to resolve this with services gradually being restored in some areas.

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Alake Confident Nigeria’ll Overcome Economic Hardship

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The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake has said that Nigeria would soon overcome its current economic hardship.
Alake gave the assurance in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said  the hardship was because Nigeria was going through a gestation period of economic restructuring and reforms.
He said that President Bola Tinubu was determined to revamp  Nigeria’s  economy and put on a pedestal for sustainable growth through his Renewed Hope agenda.
According to him, the President has a track record of changing the economic tides of a region, just as he did when he was the governor of Lagos State.
“Going down memory lane to the experience in Lagos state, the then governor  Tinubu in 1999,  met a state that was almost insolvent, with a monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N600 million.
“ And a wage bill of over N1.1 billion monthly, with little or no resources to cater to infrastructure and other sectors of the economy.
“President Tinubu took similar measures in Lagos as he is taking in Nigeria, to turn the tide and financially re-engineer the state.  Today, the state is the fifth largest economy in Africa, bigger than most African countries.
“What we are going through is the gestation period of reforms and policies for economic restructuring and like the President will say, it is like throes of pregnancy, that a pregnant woman goes through.
“After delivery, she heaves a sigh of relief,” he said.
The minister urged  Nigerians to be patient with the government  as the current economic  situation  would soon stabilise with positive  results from on going reforms.
“For the first time, Nigeria has a  president well-versed in public finance. I am  confident in this administration’s capacity to diversify the economy, plug leakages, and redirect the economy to a path of sustainable growth.
“ The future of this country is extremely very bright. What we need to do is to exude confidence in our ability and capacity to weather the storm of restructuring, economic and societal restructuring.
“As we restructure our economy, putting in physical infrastructure, we must also restructure our minds and mental capacity to be at par with physical development.
“ So that we can efficiently and judiciously enjoy the benefits of physical development.
“With the cooperation of Nigerians, the tide will turn very soon, and we all will be proud, he

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Only Professional Builders’ll Handle Global Centre’s Modern Cities  – President

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The President/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Centre for Empowerment and Care for Life Challenges (GCECLC), Amb. Vincent Ejikeme Agbo has said that only professionals would be used for the massive global center real estate housing and industrial development in the country.
The CEO who said this in a chat with the media shortly after their press conference in Port Harcourt recently, reiterated that the group will not compromise standard  both in the use of  standard building materials or professionals in the building sector.
Amb. Agbo noted that the use of quacks builders and building materials are the major causes of building collapse in the country, adding, “the 5,000 housing units that would be built in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory in the first phase of the GCECLC building project would be the same quality with that of the developed countries”.
He said the building materials would be supplied directly by the main companies, adding, “GCECLC, a non governmental organizations (NGO) has already gotten the license from Dangote group of companies to supply cement at a giveaway price for the building project, seeing the importance of the project to the masses.
“We want to bridge the gap in the Nigerian building sector and this would enable everyone in the country to own a quality building in an environment where the system is working”.
In his contribution, the Vice President of the NGO, Amb. Shittu Isiaka Salami said the group is working with all the building construction agencies to ensure  that quality jobs are delivered because, “we have zero tolerance for building collapse”.
Amb Isiaka called on qualified building engineers and contractors to come and do business with the NGO in the project that is aimed at fulfilling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) 9 & 11.
The Public Relation Personel/ the marketing contact person for the building project, Amb. Larry Goodwill Ajiola advised interested building engineers and contractors to register for the project, adding that non professional contractors would not be given a chance to build.
Amb  Ajiola said contractors should give priority attention to the project when money is given to them as, “no excuse would be tolerated in the first and second phases of the building project aimed  at decongesting the urban settlement.
Amb. Ajiola who is also the CEO of I Cnntact- Connect Limited, Port Harcourt, said the project is a welcomed development, especially to the less privileged ones that never thought they could own a house of their own.
He noted that the long span of payment between 10- 30 years makes it affordable to all serious minded citizens, adding, “GCECLC has risen to give hope to the hopeless in the country, especially now that Nigerians are passing through hardship.
“It is a welcomed development to Rivers state and the other 36 States. It is contributing to the welfare of the masses. Everyone will benefit since you will pay small small. I have confidence that the project is already a success”.
One of the invitees, Mrs Ifeoma Usoro commended the NGO for  moving into this financial intensive area for their love to help the poor masses and requested for the building engineers to be given more time to conclude registration modalities.

Lilian Peters

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