Digitalisation, insurance awareness, infrastructure lead focus of new CII Nigeria presidentEdwin Igbiti

Digitalisation, insurance awareness, infrastructure lead focus of new CII Nigeria president

Digitalisation, insurance awareness, infrastructure will be the major strategic aims for the new Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) president.

Edwin Igbiti was recently inaugurated as the 51st president/chairman of Council, CIIN, laying out three aims for his term in office:

  • Digital reinforcement of the Institute’s operations
  • Insurance awareness for all – grassroots, youths and insuring public
  • Infrastructural development

“I understand the responsibilities this office confers on me especially, in an increasingly dynamic world, characterised by uncertainty and volatility as evidenced by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Consequently, we all must adapt and flow with the new order occasioned by the disruptions to our business and personal life leading to the fast digitalisation that made the world a global village where information and innovation travel at rapid speed.”

The CIIN president was emphatic that both operators in the insurance industry and leaders of the Institute “must continue to be at the frontiers of these technological innovations and trends in order to thrive and impact our endeavours and ventures”, adding: “It is in this light that the theme and focus of my tenure will be building a sustainable legacy.”

Mr Igbiti emphasised that the choice of the theme was borne out of the need for continuity to sustain and build on the works of past presidents of the Institute to guarantee that despite current global uncertainties, the Institute will continue to meet the needs and aspirations of its members.

He elaborated on his three-point agenda as outlined below:

Digital reinforcement of the Institute:

  • Completion of the E-library project
  • Commencement of E-examinations
  • Active presence and use of all available social media platforms

Insurance awareness for all – grassroots, youths and insuring public:

  • Positive upscaling of the quiz for secondary schools to national limelight
  • Distribution of insurance textbooks to secondary schools and effective coordination of the train-the-trainer programme for insurance secondary school teachers
  • Deepening and consolidating youth empowerment and mentorship initiatives

Infrastructural development:

  • Renovating the Lagos Street building to acceptable standards
  • Getting necessary approvals and clearance from the Lagos State government to resume the building of the Victoria Island project
  • Significantly increasing the building fund as would be agreed with the building committee

He acknowledged the efforts made by his predecessors to revamp the digital operations of the Institute but underscored the need to continuously upgrade and innovate such processes to deliver excellent customer experiences and members’ satisfaction.

He said his projection as president of the CIIN is to facilitate the transformation of the CIIN secretariat with state-of-the-art facilities that would stimulate digital operations and processes, enhance excellent work culture which results in quality customer experiences in all deliverables.

“Smart technologies and digital solutions would be deployed to achieve this together with a viable business model. The Institute has many programmes in place aimed at creating insurance awareness and training members to be world-class insurance professionals, but I cannot achieve the success on my own,” he stressed.

On infrastructure, Mr Igbiti said: “I would like to draw our attention to the socioeconomic situation in our dear country, Nigeria. The need to curb the menace of insecurity and other crimes require that we collaborate with all tiers of government with the aim of re-emphasising the essence of insurance as the infrastructural pillar for the growth and development of country.”


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