Stories by ROSEMARY ONUOHA

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) will  soon  commence the issuance of Unique Policy Identifier (UPI), a form of identification number, to insurance policy holders and also launch a portal that would warehouse the industry’s data.

Director of Research Strategy and Information Technology of NAICOM, Mr. Adamu Balanti, said that the unique policy identification system is to monitor and account for all policies issued by underwriters in the insurance industry.

Balanti who stated this during the seminar organised by NAICOM for Business Editors and Insurance Correspondents in Abeokuta, Ogun State, last week, stated that the system will reduce to the barest minimum the prevalence of improper records regarding policies issued.

According to Balanti, the system will enable NAICOM to track the number of insurance policies issued by underwriters, adding that it would also enable the Commission track the activities and revenues made by insurance companies and brokers.

He said, “This system is to build an integration point for the various stakeholders involved in insurance policy issuance. Generate and provide a unique identification number for every policy issued, in order to track and provide relevant statistics on them.

“It would help develop a capacity in NAICOM to record all policies issued by Nigerian insurance companies. Ensure proper accountability of all premium returns by insurance companies, capture all businesses done by every broker through the underwriter, ensure proper accountability of all insurance levies received from brokers, provide easy access to data regarding policies issued and support analysis and policy based decision making.”

Balanti said the portal provides a single point of access for all NAICOM services, validate the authenticity of insurance policies and accessible from any location within Nigeria. He added that the system should be able to interact or communicate with other systems/users such as FRSC, Police, and VIO.

“We want to identify each individual insurance policy issued in the country, this is why we are developing the UPI. With it, each insurance policy document issued in the country will have a unique identification number. The Unique number will be used to identify that document.

“We are also developing a database of that identification number, so that anybody in the country can query the database to confirm if the policy document before him or her is genuine or not. We are hoping that in the next few years, we will get it out,” he added.

He noted that the initiative cuts across all insurance product lines, adding that all policies procured by the public must have this unique number.

He said the concept is not a duplication of the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database (NIID) being promoted by the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), stressing that the NIA is collaborating with NAICOM on the project.

“We would not allow a situation where a section of the industry has made a huge investment on a project; we come up with something to stop it.

We would collaborate with them to solve the problem of fake insurance which is giving the industry a bad image,” he added.

 

 

 

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