Just one.2m of 11.8m autos have third-party insurance coverage
Though Nigeria has about 11.8 million registered autos plying the roads, solely about 1.2 million of such autos have legitimate insurance coverage.
The implications are that the nation’s insurance coverage trade could also be dropping about N530 billion as a result of unwillingness of motorists to register their autos, statistics accessible to The Guardian have proven.
The event, in response to stakeholders is worsened by the lack of insurance coverage corporations to honour claims on the third get together insurance coverage that’s predominant within the nation.
Some insurance coverage shareholders, nevertheless, argued that except the businesses obey the foundations guiding the trade, automobile house owners would possibly proceed to shun motor insurance coverage insurance policies.
In line with them, ‘’it’s really pathetic that Nigeria continues to lose cash that will have really impacted on the economic system in a number of methods, particularly in job creation, as automobile house owners presently favor to not take insurance coverage insurance policies however slightly favor to pay fines for violating the legal guidelines when the necessity arises’’.
Talking with The Guardian on the event, the Managing Director of Arizona Insurance coverage Dealer Restricted, Obiora Bonaventure mentioned that it was unlucky that normally, the businesses made claims tough for motorists after they fail to utilize respected brokers of their motor insurance coverage transactions.
‘’Utilizing a good dealer helps to diversify the misguided perception that insurance coverage corporations normally refuse to pay claims. This can be a truth as a result of a majority of brokers will really inform you the businesses which can be viable and given the cordial relationship which have existed between brokers and the businesses, claims are made simpler for purchasers”, he added.
He nevertheless mentioned that just a few of the businesses that fail to pay claims achieve this and might not be sanctioned due to the curiosity the federal government has in them.
Bonaventure, who by the way, is a dealer insisted that insurance coverage corporations nonetheless pay claims as and when due.
Confirming precise figures acquired in current occasions, the Nationwide Insurance coverage Fee (NAICOM) Deputy Director, ICT, Aribike Abiodun Ladipo mentioned that 1.12 million motor insurance coverage certificates had been uploaded to the Nationwide Insurance coverage Fee [NAICOM] portal from Could 2020 to Could 2021.
He, nevertheless, careworn that some insurance coverage corporations are nonetheless validating the information whereas few are nonetheless importing whilst some haven’t built-in their software program to NAICOM portal but.
As a part of measures to sanitise the trade, the Nigeria Insurance coverage Affiliation [NIA], the umbrella physique of all insurance coverage corporations within the nation is alleged to have expelled just a few of the insurance coverage corporations from the affiliation for failing to make cost claims as and when due.
On the train, Niger, IGI and Commonplace Alliance amongst others had been affected. Testifying to the motion not too long ago, the NIA Chairman, Ganiyu Musa advised journalists that the affiliation has begun some home cleansing..
‘’We have now to be very harsh as it’s now; we have now an energetic committee on self-discipline and battle resolutions, the committee has been strengthened and empowered. We now transcend the same old chorus or chastisement to taking energetic steps to self-discipline erring members.
As we communicate, we have now just a few of our members which were suspended and a few are about to be expelled. In just a few weeks when the entire processes are compiled, we’ll launch the names of the erring corporations to the general public.”
At a current coaching workshop in Lagos, the Commissioner, NAICOM, Sunday Thomas whereas fielding questions from journalists mentioned that the fee is already feeling the warmth.
Thomas defined that he’s deeply pained by the lack of a few of the involved corporations to pay claims to aggrieved policyholders.
‘’We’re involved about all of the stakeholders. The legislation requires us to be involved concerning the policyholders and different stakeholders, I can really feel the anger and ache of all claimants and I guarantee them that we’re doing every little thing in our energy to handle the problem’’, he added.
Thomas equally gave the reassurance that the fee has revoked the license of a number of insurance coverage corporations that did not pay claims as and when due.