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Choice of Nigeria as host of 2020 AIO conference is beneficial, NIA chairman says



Mr Tope Smart, the Chairman of Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), says the choice of Nigeria as the 2020 host of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) conference is a positive development.

Smart told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Thursday that there were so many benefits to be derived from hosting the conference.

NAN reports that the NIA chairman was reacting to a statement by the Secretary-General of AIO, Mrs Prisca Soares, at the 46th AIO conference on Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The statement had indicated that the conference would take place in Abuja from May 31 to June 3 in 2020, with the theme: “The African Insurers; In The Face Of Digital Disruption”.

The NIA chairman disclosed that activities were already on to make the conference a huge success, adding that the association was already discussing with relevant government agencies.

Smart, who is also the Managing Director of NEM Insurance Plc, said delegates to the conference would have some of their best experiences during their visit to Nigeria.

He said NIA members were capable and ready to host their colleagues from various countries who would attend the conference.

“Nigeria is populated by over 190 million people, with insurance penetration below one per cent.

“The population figure shows enormous opportunities and potential for the insurance industry in Africa’s most populous nation.

“Our guests will be exposed to various tourist centres and attractive areas the country is blessed with.

“Nigeria is also blessed with hospitable people, who speak over 250 languages and have some attractive national monuments and heritage,” the NIA chairman said.

NAN reports that AIO, comprising insurance practitioners in Africa, has the aim of consolidating and strengthening the region’s insurance industry in order to provide better quality services to Africa’s population.

(Edited by Abiodun Esan and Olawale Alabi)


Customs in Niger generates N306m revenue in July – Official



The Niger Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)  said it has  generated N306 million as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the month of July.

Mr Benjamin Lambo, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command which covers Niger, Kwara and Kogi states, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Minna on Wednesday.

”In the month under review, the command seized 17 different second hand vehicles, and 1,254 bags of rice with Duty Paid Value of N26.6 million,” he said.

He explained that the command was putting various security measures at the border posts to curtail illegal transactions and prevent illegal items coming into the country.

” We are fully prepared to end smuggling through our various strategies that will pave way for arrest and prosecution of smugglers”, Lambo added.

He solicited the support of stakeholders, traditional and religious leaders in mobilising residents to volunteer information that would aid in apprehending all those involved in the illegal trade.

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Zimbabwe’s mth/mth inflation falls to 21.04 % in July




Harare, Aug. 21, 2019 Zimbabwe’s month-on-month inflation rate fell to 21.04 per cent in July compared to 32.96 per cent the previous month as prices of basic goods increased at a slower pace, statistical agency ZIMSTATS said on Wednesday.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube on Aug. 1 suspended the publication of year-on-year inflation figures until February 2020 because adoption of a new currency had impacted the base for calculating the consumer price index.

Annual inflation hit 175.66 per cent in June, the highest rate since runaway money-printing and associated hyperinflation forced the country to abandon its currency in 2009. (Reuters/NAN)



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NDIC signs MoU with Korean counterpart to strengthen deposit insurance



The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has signed an agreement with the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) to strengthen the Deposit Insurance System (DIS) in their respective jurisdictions.

In a statement on Wednesday, the spokesman of NDIC, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, said the signing was done at the KDIC headquarters in Seoul, the South Korean capital.

Ibrahim said the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covered a wide range of issues intended to enhance the protection of banks’ depositors.

He listed some areas covered by the MoU as promotion of communication, enhancement of existing cooperation, provision of support and mutual understanding as well as collaboration.

These, according to him,  is necessitated by the “increasing globalisation and complexity of large financial institutions and the unique challenges they pose for regulatory authorities.”

“The MOU also provides for effective international working relationship between both agencies along with the enhancement of their roles in financial regulatory initiatives and policy deliberations.

“There will also be periodic exchange of staff between both institutions and bilateral meetings on regular basis.

“This is to enhance mutual understanding that promotes development of the DIS in both Nigeria and South Korea,” he said.

Ibrahim said the Chairman of KDIC, Mr WI Seongbak, and the Managing Director of NDIC, Mr Umaru Ibrahim, signed for their respective bodies.



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Monarch urges Nasarawa Govt on devt of his community



Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, the Ohimege Opanda in Nasarawa State, has appealed to the state government to provide Toto Local Government area with basic infrastructure to boost socio-economic and agriculture in the area.

This, he said, would enhance the standard of living of residents and overall development of the country.

Abdullahi, a first class traditional ruler, made the call on Wednesday during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in his palace in Umaisha in Toto Local Government area of the state.

He said that provision of infrastructure was key to the development of every society, hence the need for the state government to provide  roads, schools, electricity and other amenities in  the area.

The Igbura traditional ruler said that the provision of basic amenities would also attract investments to the area, thereby creating jobs opportunities and boosting their revenue base.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to the state government to link our area with Kogi State with road to improve on our standard of living and to boost our socio-economic activities.

“Look at Toto Local Government, we are not developed; no electricity, no good portable water, no good roads, among other social amenities.

“We also want the government to establish a higher institution in this area in the interest of the education of our children and other Nigerians considering the importance of education to the development of the society.

“If these are done,it will go a long way in bringing in development, boosting agricultural activities, thereby improving on our standard of living,”  Abdullahi said.

Abdullahi also called on his subjects and other Nigerians to pray and support leaders at all levels to enable them succeed in the tasks ahead of them.

“I want my people and Nigerians at large to pray for leaders at all levels as prayer is key to success. Our leaders need our prayers and support to succeed while discharging their duties.

“So, I want my people to give their maximum support and cooperation to President Muhammadu Buhari, Engr.Abdullahi Sule and other leaders to succeed so that they will bring us more dividends of democracy, “he said .

The first class traditional ruler  enjoined his subjects and Nigerians to live in peace, be law abiding and respect constituted authorities for the overall development of the country.

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Gov. Ishaku disburses N500m for devt. projects in 50 communities



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