NAICOM releases guidelines on State Insurance Producer

By Meletus EZE

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has released guidelines for the operations, business conduct and obligations of  State Insurance Producer (SIP), a new insurance agency  it has newly developed.

The Chief Executive Officer of NAICOM, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, unveiled the guidelines in Abuja on Tuesday.

Kari, who is also the Commissioner for Insurance (CFI),  said the new guidelines  would align the activities of SIPs.

” In pursuant to the powers conferred on it by section 49(1) of NAICOM 1997 Act,, the commission hereby issues  guidelines for licensing and the operations of an insurance agency, known as State Insurance Producer ( SIP),’’ he said.

The SIP is a fresh alternative channel for insurance distribution newly developed by commission and to  become effective on Jan.1, 2019.

The SIP, according to the commission,  was developed to ensure effective distribution of compulsory insurances, thereby deepening insurance penetration in the country.

According to the guidelines, a SIP shall maintain a separate insurance unit for proper monitoring with the insurer reporting directly to the CEO of the licensed agency.

The commission’s guidelines also mandated the SIP to only transact insurance business with the approved insurers  whose list would be approved from time to time by the commission.

According to the guidelines, the key responsibilities of SIP include “enforcement of compulsory classes of Insurance within the state’s  jurisdiction by ensuring compliance and exercising on defaulters the power to penalise them according to the state laws.’’

Once licensed, the commission said the SIP would  enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NAICOM  and the approved insurance companies.

The guidelines  said insurance companies must operate within the SIP’s jurisdiction for the purposes of placement and management of insurance business.

The commission further  announced a  licensing and registration fee for SIP of  N2 million while the renewal few of N1million  is applicable  every two years.

On payment of premium for insurance businesses , the guidelines   stipulated that “businesses conducted will be subject to the provisions of  Section 50 (1) of Insurance Act 2003 (No-Premium, No-Cover).

“Also the businesses will be subjected to the various guidelines issued by the commission where appropriate and premium payment shall be made directly to the Insurer or Lead Insurer as the case may be.’

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