By Patience Saghana
Insurance industry may henceforth witness change in attitude of the sector chieftains to industry programmes from poor and half to full participation.
There is likelihood that insuranceâ€™s chief executives may give ample time to attending industryâ€™s training programmes in spite of their tight schedules in line with the new vision of the insurance industry.
The positive attitude change of insurance chief executives towards industry programmes especially that of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) springs on the heels of the admonition from the CIIN president, Mr Sunny Adeda.
Mr Adeda reprimanded insurance chieftains over poor attendance to the instituteâ€™s training programmes, stating that in as much as the CIIN appreciates their financial and moral support, the institute he stated, would be more thankful if they could create more time in order to fully grace the training bodyâ€™s programmes with their presence.
According to him, â€œA major hindrance in this direction has been that of poor attendance by Chief Executives and key operating officers at major educational programmes of the Instituteâ€. We have continued to initiate and adopt new measures aimed at attracting the CEOâ€™s to these programmes because of their vital roles in the driversâ€™ seat.
It is our hope that the trend will change. The planned South African Exchange Programme for CEOâ€™s slated for 31st October to 8th November, 2009 has so far generated reasonable interest which we hope will translate to concrete registration and attendance at the programme by the CEOâ€™sâ€
â€Let me seize this opportunity in stating that in this new dispensation, we are also charting a new course aimed at actualizing a renewed multidimensional awareness campaign. It is an awareness master-plan geared at mass education on the essence of insurance to the average Nigerianâ€.
â€œThe gains of creating a premium identity for our profession and career cannot be quantified. Therefore, the efforts must be driven and sustained through joint-action and commitment by all stakeholders. Let me assure that we are receptive to and welcome new ideas and suggestions if they must guarantee success in this chosen path. Together, we will make a difference and conquer new heights in our abiding quest for a greater future for our Industryâ€.
In the light of that, the CIIN president said, â€œI will therefore enjoin all our colleagues to always act professionally, particularly now that the world is facing economic recession resulting from the crisis which started from the developed economies. As professionals, we are indebted to our profession to make it better than when we entered by advancing its course at all times. No amount of awareness campaign will be effective without our individual and collective efforts at advancing our profession by eschewing unwholesome practicesâ€