Mrs kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance, on Monday said that only three million out of 180 million Nigerians possessed insurance policies to protect themselves from uncertainties. Adeosun, revealed this at the ongoing 2017 National Insurance Conference (NIC) in Abuja, noted that insurance was playing critical roles in the economy.
Represented by Alhaji Mammud Dutse, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Adeosun said that insurance was facilitating investments by reducing the amount of capital and savings needed by individuals, corporations and agencies to fight unforeseen losses. The theme of the three-day conference is: “Nigeria Open for Business.’’ She said that total insurance premiums grew from N75 billion in 2005 to over N300 billion in 2016 and contributed approximately 0.7 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product. She said that the figure was less than the African average of 3.3 per cent and the global average of seven per cent. The 2017 event would be the third since the conception of the Insurance Industry Consultative Council (IICC) in 2015.
IICC is a consolidation of all the constituent arms of the insurance industry, which includes the Nigerian Insurers Association, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers and Institute of Loss Adjusters of Nigeria.
The minister lamented that the insurance industry was facing the challenge of low-level penetration. “This means insurance from writing more premiums from millions of Nigerians can provide finance for our long-term economic growth for the country’s recovery.’’
She said that practitioners must be willing to do more to make insurance a giant industry to look up to, adding that distribution channels must be innovative and that new products should be developed to attract the populace.