Group Managing Director/CEO
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc
Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHI) Plc has renewed the Group Personal Accident Insurance cover worth N24 million for insurance journalists in the country.
This, according to the company, is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, to ensure that journalists who are exposed to danger and hazard in the discharge of their civic duties are adequately protected. The Group Personal Accident Insurance covers death, permanent disability and medical expenses.
The policy, now in its 10th year, has been running since 2012, and is renewed annually by the company. The cover was renewed on the 1st of October, 2021 and it is due to expire on 30th of September, 2022.
The policy provides cover for all members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) across the country while the company has promised to continue to renew the coverage for the journalists every year.
Reacting to this development, the Group Managing Director/CEO, CHI, Mr. Eddie Efekoha, said the gesture is to show the kind of values and respect his insurance firm has for journalism, believing that journalists who are the shapers of the society, and by extension, the insurance industry, must be protected.
Journalism, he said, is a risky profession, hence, the need to adequately provide insurance for those covering the insurance industry.
In the case of the death of any of the concerned journalists, he said, the family of the deceased is entitled to N1 million death benefits. “A journalist who suffers permanent disability in the discharge of his duties will also be entitled to N1 million. The cover provides for medical expenses to the tune of N200,000 per journalist in the case of an accident,” he pointed out.
Applauding the initiative, the chairman, National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO), Mr. Chuks Udo Okonta, said, he was elated that an insurance firm is providing free coverage for his members, adding that, the association never takes such gesture for granted.
He, on behalf of all members of the association, thanked the company as well as its GMD, Mr. Eddie Efekoha, for recognising the pivotal roles journalists are playing in the society and indeed insurance industry, promising that, this will serve as moral boosters for his members to continue to discharge their duties ethically and professionally without exhibiting any fear or intimidation.