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Nigeria Abolishes Capital Levels for Insurance Firms

The National Insurance Commission [NAICOM] and operators have jointly agreed to abolish capital levels for insurance companies operating in Nigeria as part of measures towards transmitting to risk-based supervision.

The decision was taken at the 2nd Insurers Committee held in Lagos yesterday and attended by the Commissioner for Insurance, NAICOM and chief executive officers of insurance firms.

However, the committee maintained that the existing minimum capital requirement for life, general and composite insurance business will still remain the minimal benchmark in the industry.

Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, the Chairman, Publicity & Communications Sub-committee said henceforth, each insurance company will determine the level of capital it needs to operate maximally in the market.

He said the committee also agreed to enforce the Code of Corporate governance with effect from April 1, 2O16 to enhance market and professional transparency in the industry going.

Odukale, who is also the Managing Director/CEO of Leadway Assurance Company Limited, added that certain contending issues between NAICOM and operators were equally discussed for the purpose of resolving same in the interest of all parties, and sustainable growth of the insurance market.

He promised that a Roadmap on the risk-based supervision model would be unveiled later when the various committees set-up for the purpose must have submitted their reports.

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