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AIBA foreign members abandon meeting over election

By Patience SAGHANA
There are indications that the African Insurance Brokers Association (AIBA) that Nigerian fought so hard to move the body’s secretariat to the country after a storming debate at African Insurance Organisation (AIO) annual general meeting five years ago may be heading for a show of shame if nothing is done about it urgently.

AIBA has not been holding meeting regularly due to the fact that elections for new chairman was stalled for one reason or another and the other member countries in the association are no longer finding it funning as the association is not longer ran the way it should.

African Insurance brokers Association was established by the African Insurance Organization (AIO) for the facilitation, encouragement and of promotion of insurance brokers in Africa.

AIBA has a Secretariat, headed by the General Secretary. The Management (Executive) Committee headed by the AIBA Chairman and with Membership elected from the four Regional Groups of West Africa, North Africa (Francophone), Central and East Africa and South Africa, overseas the day to day affairs of the association.
A member is either an insurance Broker or Consultant or Insurance Brokers / Consultants Association, domiciled within a member country of the AIO, registered with the AIO and whose principal business is insurance or related matters.
AIBA is currently sharing secretariat with the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) under the chairmanship of Chief Akin George who has been the chairman for five years running against the two tenure in the AIBA constitution.

Efforts made to hold an elective for new executives of the body by member countries had on a number of occasions been aborted. And this discourages them from attending the association’s body.

Chief John Akin-George, OFR, is AIBA chairman who has Mann the position for five years running He is also the President of the West African Chamber of Commerce. Akin-George is a seasoned Insurance Broker with several decades of exposure at senior levels in various aspects of commerce, both locally and internationally. He is also the Chairman of Akin George Life & Pensions Consultants, J. Akin-George & Company, Incorporated Insurance Brokers, Trans Nigeria Agencies and the Vice President of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI)..

The African brokers association has a good number of reputable brokers within and outside the continent including Mr E.B. Nsiah and Mr Kwesi Essel Koomson from Ghana, Mr David Pratt and  Mr Ben Rossouw South Africa, Mr Sam Mintah, Liberia, Mr Omar Ngadi, Morocco and Mr Albert Ndua from Zimbabwe.

And some of them are chairman of the various committee of AIBA in person of Nigeria’s Mr Bode Emanuel who is the Chairman of finance and general purposes committee; Elder Siyan Oyebadejo chairs the Constitution Review Committee; Mr Omar Ngadi is Chairman of publication and publicity committee whilst Chief Babatunde Olatunde-Agbeja  Chairs the membership development committee


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