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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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NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn

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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.

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… Introduces TIES To Boost  Business Loan

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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.

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CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions

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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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