The 2022 edition of the annual National Conference of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO), is now set to hold the seventh edition on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Oriental hotel, Lekki, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Experts and stakeholders in the financial service sector will converge to deliberate on how insurance and pension fund operators can bring the Small and Medium Scale operators into micro insurance and pension businesses with theme, “On-boarding Small and Medium Scale Enterprises into Micro Insurance and Pension Space in Nigeria”.
To chair the occasion is Eng. Cyril Ajagu, a major investor in the financial, oil and gas sectors, while the Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Mrs. Chinyere Almona, will be the keynote speaker. The special guests are, the Commissioner for Insurance/CEO, National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr. Sunday Thomas, and Director General, National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Aisha Dahir.
The Chairman, Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Mr. Segun Omosehin; Chairman, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp), Olumide Oyetan; among others; have confirmed their presence at the event.
Also scheduled to attend are experts and stakeholders in the insurance and pension sectors, the financial services and other bodies including Lagos State Pension Commission (LASPEC); Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN); Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA); Nigerian Council for Registered Insurance Brokes (NCRIB); Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA); Institute of Loss Adjusters of Nigeria (ILAN); Pension Funds Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp); Association for Registered Insurance Agents of Nigeria (ARIAN). Also expected are, College of Insurance and Financial Management (CIFM) and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Association of Nigeria (SMEDAN). The event will also host: Nigeria Union of Pensioners; Trade Union Congress; People Living with Disabilities; Barbers, Hairdressers, Market Men and Women, Vulcanizers, etc.
Speaking on the event which will feature the unveiling of NAIPCO new name and logo, Chairperson of NAIPCO, Mrs Nkechi Naeche-Esezobor, points out that the theme of the conference is apt as the SMEs sector is the major driver of growth of the Nigerian economy, as well as the highest employers of labour, therefore qualifies for support to enable it continue to contribute significantly to the economy.
“Incidentally, the larger population of operators and employees in this space are left unattended to, with a lot of them not benefiting at all from the nation’s financial inclusion project, and this therefore underscores why the microinsurance and micropensions players should see this group as a growth asset,” Nkechi added.
Also speaking, Chairperson, 2022 NAIPCO Conference Planning Committee, Mrs. Iyabo Ogunjuyigbe disclosed that the conference promises to meet and surpass expectations, while consumer groups will also be present to voice their concerns about insurance and pension services, which invariably will spring better lives and enhance financial inclusion.