The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) on Tuesday called for a joint effort by the insurance industry stakeholders to support the fight against COVID-19.
Mr Eddie Efekoha, President, CIIN, said this in a message to the industry stakeholders, a copy which was made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.
Efekoha stated that the scourge required a committed and joint effort by all stakeholders in the Insurance industry and beyond in order to combine resources and expertise for the ultimate victory.
He explained that in the fight against COVID 19, the extra motivation for the frontline workers would come from tangible support from stakeholders.
According to him, this is by ensuring that efficient working tools are provided in order to ensure the protection of all lives as well as good welfare packages during this period.
“The fallout from the current pandemic has called for citizens of the country to be responsible for their wellbeing as well as the safety of other citizens,” he said.
The CIIN president lauded the Nigeria Insurers Association (NIA) for its health cover initiative which guarantees a N1 million free life insurance cover for each health personnel and allied professional attending to the coronavirus cases.
Efekoha also commended the regulator, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) for its palliatives to the industry.
He lauded the insurance companies who had commenced sensitization campaigns and equally pledged to contribute to a common kitty under the care of the NIA to procure testing kits and protective equipment for medical personnel.
Efekoha hailed the efforts and dedication of the Federal Government, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Lagos State Government and all other State Governments in combating the virus which had crippled the world economy.
He urged the public to observe all the guidelines and laws laid down by the relevant agencies, including WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health, NCDC and State Government instruments.
In the same vein, Mr Richard Borokini, Director -General, CIIN, urged Nigerians to observe the hygiene, isolation and quarantine procedures communicated by the agencies at the forefront in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Borokini commended the healthcare professionals in the heat of the battle and prayed that their efforts will not go in vain.
He also lauded the NIA and Insurance companies for rising up to the challenge and contributing their bit to ensure that the Insurance industry could be reckoned with in the current situation.
Borokini expressed optimism that with all hands on the deck, the nation would emerge victorious in the battle against the global pandemic.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle
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