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Insurance and Banking in Nigeria: Any Relationship?

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Under the financial services sector, banks and insurance companies fall within the same tripod, alongside the capital market. As the Central Bank of Nigeria continues in its reform of the banking sector, the National Insurance Commission {NAICOM} has also not been left behind in the formulation of policies and other regulatory frameworks. However the question agitating the minds of industry watchers is why despite efforts put in place, the insurance industry has not occupied the ideal position in Nigeria. Elsewhere, insurance provides a leadership role to other segments of the financial sector, with many banks being owed by insurance companies. What is the role of insurance in the development of any economy, particularly in Nigeria where insurance seems to be crawling instead of running. While appreciating the professional efforts already in place to change the trend, it is expedient to guide the public on what relationship if any, exists between the banks and insurance. According to Mr. Adeyemo Adejumo, managing director of Continental Reinsurance plc, “traditionally, the financial services sector is commonly classified along the lines of banking and non-banking institutions with insurance taking a pride of place in the latter class.” He explained that “globally, banking and insurance have evolved as playing leading roles in the activities of the financial services industry, stressing that over the years, there have been arguments and counter arguments about the ‘ideal’ relationship that should exist between banking and insurance practices and this has also been recognized by governments around the world.” The Continental Reinsurance boss who delivered a paper on the relationship between banks and insurance at a public forum, said that in the United Kingdom for instance, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) was established as the single regulatory body for both the banking and insurance industries, in recognition of the fact that although some differences may exist in their operation, to a great extent there exist some meaningful relationship between them. He said the Financial Services Act of 1999 has far-reaching and major implications towards the movement of globalization in the banking industry.  The bill first and foremost, he said, allows mergers between different sections of the industry that were previously not allowed, a situation which  allowed insurance companies to merge with banks. 
Adejumo explained that in Canada, for instance, the Bank Act and accompanying regulations contain specific rules pertaining to chartered banks and their involvement in the insurance business. The Insurance Business (Bank and Bank Holding Companies) regulations authorize banks to sell certain insurance products closely related to their lending businesses. Banks may also sell other types of insurance through subsidiary companies, subject to certain restrictions. He explained that as a result of the globalization and liberalization of the financial services industry, many financial institutions are participating in the business activities of other financial institutions, banks and insurance companies in particular. “Several European countries have made considerable regulatory changes regarding the banking and insurance sectors. Although regulatory changes vary from country to country, there has been a pan-European trend towards the ‘Universal Bank’ and the limitations of the past no longer exist. Banks are now able to operate across a broader range of activities, including insurance, via legally independent risk carriers. The insurance companies and banks are not competing within just the life insurance industry and banking industry respectively anymore but within the wider financial services marketplace,” he said. The reinsurance expert stressed that in Nigeria, following the Central Bank of Nigeria’s approval-in-principle of the adoption of universal banking, it released Guidelines for the Practice of Universal Banking in Nigeria in December 2000.
According to the guideline banking business in Nigeria was defined as “the business of receiving deposits on current, savings or other accounts, paying or collecting cheques drawn or paid in by customers, provision of finance, consultancy and advisory services relating to corporate and investment matters, making or managing investment on behalf of any person and the provision of insurance marketing services and capital market business or such other services as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria which may, by gazette, designate as banking business.” This implied that banks are free to choose which activity or activities to undertake, whether it is money or capital market activities or insurance marketing services or a combination thereof and are expected to comply with the guidelines specified for such activity or activities.
Consequently he said, a bank will be regulated based on the type of activities it engages in.
This situation led to the issuance of a single uniform license to all conventional banks which are


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NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

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Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC), has arrested one Mr Aliu Olalekan, for allegedly hacking into DSTV system and watching the channels free without subscription.

NCC Arrests Man for Hacking into DSTV System

Mr Matthew Ojo, NCC Director in the Lagos Directorate Office said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect used to watch DSTV channels free without subscription on his Android phone via an app which he downloaded on google play store.

“This suspect distributed the know-how to his telegram followers and on his blog with the aim of gaining more followers and viewership on his blog and makes more money through google ad-sense.

“The operation was based on surveillance which had earlier been carried out by the Multi-choice team and verified by a copyright inspector, ” he said.

He added that the arrest was made in collaboration with a team of copyright inspectors led by the Head of Enforcement Department, Mr Charles Amudipe.

Others included; a team from Multichoice Nigeria led by Mr Umar Ibrahim and policemen from Lagos Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

Ojo said that the joint team conducted an anti-piracy operation at the premises of the culprit in Amukoko, Lagos.

According to him, the suspect was contacted on phone by a member of the operation team on the disguise of patronising him. “The suspect came out to meet the caller and in the process of discussion, he was apprehended.

“The suspect took the team to his resident. The squad paraded his one-room apartment and recovered his laptop and phones used in perpetrating the ungodly act. “He was arrested and brought to the copyright commission office for further investigation, ” he said.

Ojo said that, on getting to the commission’s office, the statement of the suspect was taken and the inventory of items seized from him taken. He said that investigation on the matter was still ongoing and if found guilty the suspect will be charged to court.

 


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NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria’s telecommunications regulator and Digital Encode, Cybersecurity and Compliance advisory company, have indicated interest to partner with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), the national umbrella body of ICT reporters, as it organizes a forum that will x-ray the industry’s future plans for ICT growth post pandemic era.

 

The event, slated to hold on October 15, 2020, will seek to discuss the needs for a fortified ICT sector after the COVID-19 era, and the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors.

 

A statement from NITRA National Secretariat in Lagos indicates that due to the pandemic and need to observe the COVID-19 protocol on social distancing, the event will be held via a Webinar.

 

This year’s theme, “Multi-stakeholder Approach To National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, is in line with the annual event’s generic theme, ‘NITRA Innovative Tech Forum’, a contribution by NITRA to the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) innovations and policies in Nigeria.

 

Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the event and will throw more light on Federal Government’s plans, programmes and policies on post-pandemic strategies using ICT.

 

Dr. Adewale Obadare and Dr. Seyi Akindeinde, founders of Digital Encode, while accepting to support the event expressed their readiness to offer their expertise in Cybersecurity for organisations to prepare against cyber- attacks with the new normal.

 

They will also highlight areas that are high risks that need fortification in terms of cybersecurity.

 

Speaking on the event, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, national chairman, NITRA, noted that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave its negative trails across the globe, economic reboot for countries will not only depend on how well they readapt to the new normal, but also more on their recovery plans.

 

According to him: “While the federal government has consistently expressed its willingness to set all policies in place to engender growth, and accelerated implementation of these policies, private sector firms have also shown great hunger for the task ahead in post-COVID-19 era.

 

However, the question that needs to be answered is whether all stakeholders are ready for the required task ahead.”

 

The event will also offer participating companies opportunities to publicize some of their individual efforts at contributing to reacting a soft landing or lifeline for SMEs and other ancillary companies as the pandemic threatens their survival.

 

Digital Encode is a multi-award winning and leading consulting and integration firm that specializes in the design, management, and security of business-critical networks, telecommunications environments and other Information Technology (IT) infrastructures.

 


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NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to desist from using illegal GSM boosters.

NCC Threatens Illegal Users of GSM Boosters with Arrest, Prosecution

The commission also said that anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

GSM boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC, said in a notice published on NCC website, that only licensed network operators are allowed to use GSM boosters.

The booster, also known as amplifier or repeater is made up of three main elements – exterior antenna, amplifier, and interior antenna.

They form a wireless system to boost cellular reception

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004,”it said

The agency said it will not condone any flagrant breach of this law.

It has also enforced measures to prosecute offenders.

Accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using a GSM booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to [email protected],” the notice said.

“Individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators,” it added.

 

 


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