President of Nigerian Council of Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), Dr Bola Onigbogi, has appealed to brokers, who are still maintaining apathy towards Council’s activities to have a change of heart.
Onigbogi who made the appeal at the July edition of NCRIB Brokers’ Evening held in Lagos yesterday, stated that the Council could only survive through constant bonding and exchange of ideas on a continual basis.
“It is worthy to note that the Council’s bi-monthly Members’ Evening, a platform for interaction between insurance brokers and leading underwriters in the market, has metamorphosed to an event that Underwriters now jostle to host; even companies outside our industry are willing to proudly identify with us by sponsoring this Evening. It therefore behooves us to complement the evening with our continuous attendance as this would help its sustenance”.
“I need less to inform you that your attendance at the meeting is part of your MCPD points. May I inform you that Members’ attendance via Zoom is noted for proper compilation for reference purpose. I therefore urge you, in our collective interest to join the progressive initiatives of this leadership team to build a virile Industry”, she added.
As a proactive Council, Onigbogi urged members to always critically examine the viability of any underwriting firm before placing business with them. This is because, in recent time, there are allegations involving nonpayment of claims as low as one thousand USD since 2019.
According to her, it is distressing that in order to save the face of the industry, some Brokers have had to pay their clients. “Our Investigation Committee is inundated with complains of nonpayment of claims. In order to forestall further experiences, I like to appeal that Brokers do their proper investigations”, she disclosed.
The President who stated further that one of the statutory responsibilities of NCRIB every year is to publish the names of all eligible members of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers in National Dailies, disclosed that it was about the time for the Council to carry out this statutory obligation.
“Leveraging our past experiences, brokers that failed to meet up with the requirements for the publication, often face lots of challenges in business due to the attendant negative image that non-inclusion attracts. I therefore urge you to regularize your membership status with the Secretariat, pay your subscription to merit the list”, she said.