President of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB, Mr. Ayodapo Shoderu has said that the NCRIB will continue to place premium on professionalism in insurance broking practice and as such do all within the law to ensure that the thrust is sustained.
Shoderu, who spoke at the 2015 Fellows’ day cum award of fellows held in Lagos, said that the enforcement of standards has always been known to come with its pains, but the good news is that the result will ultimately be to the benefit of all.
Shoderu said, “My take is that there can never be an alternative way to maintain respect or be dignified in the comity of other professionals if we jettison professionalism and ethical standard which are pivots of our operation. What distinguishes a professional body from a mere trade group is the fact that members in a professional setting meet certain prescribed professional standards and have the resolve to continually update their skills to meet contemporary challenges.”
According to Shoderu, the Council’s Board of Fellows had put in place stringent conditions and was meticulous in the course of assessing and recommending the successful candidates, adding that it was the first time that prospective Fellows would be required to present thesis as a prerequisite for Fellowship admission.
“Aside from aligning with contemporary standards in other notable professional bodies’ policies, the exercise greatly exposes the professional and academic potentials of the applicants, projecting them as rounded professionals. I like to affirm that this new initiative has now been approved as an extant condition for admission of Fellows henceforth,” Shoderu said.
The NCRIB President said that the aspiration of any professional to the pinnacle of his chosen field or profession stands as the greatest sense of fulfillment that one could have in a chosen career or professional calling, adding, “It is in realisation of this fact that the NCRIB has continued to provide opportunity for insurance broking professionals in its fold to transit to the Fellowship cadre, which is the highest echelon of the Council’s professional status.”
Shoderu said that aside from being a source of motivation, admission to the prestigious Society of Fellows of the Council is also consistent with section 5 of the NCRIB Act which makes provision for who could become a Fellow and spelt out conditions precedent to admission as a Fellow.
He charged the new Fellows to see their admission as the provision of higher pedestal of service and contribution to the growth of insurance broking, adding, “Gone are the days when professionals could go to sleep whenever they have attained the pinnacle of their professional height. The truth is that the world has become more dynamic and operators who are to succeed must adapt and continually attune themselves to new knowledge and the breaking of new frontiers of personal development.
Most importantly you must see to it that you become relentless in giving back to this noble profession through your accelerated contributions to Council.
Shoderu charged the Fellows to uphold the ideals of the Council anywhere they go, adding, “In order to ensure the continuous growth and vibrancy of insurance broking, you must provide effective mentorship to the upcoming professionals.”