The federal government has inaugurated a new Board of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM).
In his speech presented at the inauguration, the Hon. Minister of State for Finance, Mr Aderemi Babalola expressed his pleasure with the caliber of personalities appointed into the Board.
He stated that the members have been meticulously and carefully selected based on their past performance and contributions, not only to the insurance industry but also towards the overall growth and development of the country.
“It is, therefore, my sincere hope that the Board will not only live up to the expectations of Nigerians in the performance of its statutory roles but surpass them,” he said.
According to Babalola NAICOM, the apex regulatory body for the insurance industry in Nigeria is governed by the Insurance Act 2003.
He added that the supervision and regulation of the insurance industry in Nigeria is closely monitored and streamlined by the commission to ensure a healthy environment. NAICOM’s actions, therefore are expected to be driven by corporate creativity, transparency, security, efficiency, market integrity, and enhanced stakeholder returns.
The minister, however, called for more pragmatic and innovative approaches to 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 inappropriate pressure for short-term returns.
Major tasks ahead of the new board are, to manage and supervise the affairs of the commission, to recommend to the minister, from time to time, the rates of contribution to be made by insurance institutions to the funs of the commission, 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 etc.
Members of the Baord of NAICOM are Hajiya Inna Maryam Ciroma, Chairman, Senator Collins Ndu, Mr Oluwatayo Boye, Alhaji Aminu Ahmed. Yapcco, Mr Fola Daniel, Commissioner for Insurnce, Mallam Mohammed Hussein, Deputy Commissioner for Insurance (Technical), the Deputy Commissioner for Insurance (Finance and Accounts). Mr Lexy Omoha, Director Home Finance, Representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Mr Adegboyega Adepegba, Director-General Chartered Institute of Insurance of Nigeria.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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