Kari urges govt to obey insurance laws by protecting assets

Deputy President, Risk Managers Society of Nigeria (RIMSON), Raymond Akalonu (left); outgoing President, Mrs Effiom Ekaha; President, Jacob Adeosun; Commissioner for Insurance, Mohammed Kari; Head, Lagos Control Office, NAICOM), Emmanuel Farinu and Legal Adviser, (NAICOM), Dr. Talmiz Usman at the visit of the society to the commission in Lagos

Deputy President, Risk Managers Society of Nigeria (RIMSON), Raymond Akalonu (left); outgoing President, Mrs Effiom Ekaha; President, Jacob Adeosun; Commissioner for Insurance, Mohammed Kari; Head, Lagos Control Office, NAICOM), Emmanuel Farinu and Legal Adviser, (NAICOM), Dr. Talmiz Usman at the visit of the society to the commission in Lagos

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) as assured that government’s establishments would have to ensure that its assets are insurance as they are compelled by the law to protect public assets.

The Commissioner for Insurance, Mohammed Kari, who disclosed this said ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) have the responsibility to protect government’s assets, hence, they cannot shelve insurance, stressing that government being the custodian of the law cannot flout it.

“Government agencies cannot shelve insurance because it is a recommendation of the law. The Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) have the responsibility to protect government’s assets, hence, they cannot shelve insurance.

“Government being the owner of the law cannot default. It is not in the interest of other consumers to see that government fails to insure, so, the government would do everything it can do to ensure it protects public assets. For example, my responsibility as the chief executive of the commission is to ensure that I meet all the laws of Nigeria and ensure the enforcement of all the laws, whether they are my responsibility or not.

He said “Sometimes, operators take it unkindly when I ask them questions that are not insurance related. I do ask companies if they are making returns to the Corporate Affairs Commission? They may asked what is my business with their returns, but it is my duty, for if I licensed a company, I have to ensure that it obeys the laws of Nigeria.

“It is my business to ensure that companies pay their taxes, it is my business to ensure that companies meet the requirements of other regulators. So, it is interwoven, and I cannot see any responsible officer siting on top of an MDA that should say insurance should be relegated,” he said.

Kari noted that to ensure government’s establishments comply with the law, the commission have been sensitizing them and that efforts are in top Gear to arrange a retreat for top level officers to appreciate their responsibilities in the insurance market.



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