Relicensing Prospects for Insurance Brokers Dim

THE prospects of reprieve for 108 insurance brokers operating in the country whose licences were revoked by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) over compliance issues may meet brick wall as the commission has rolled out stringent re-registration conditions.

Specifically, an insurance broker whose licence has lapsed and wishes to re-register under the same name would have to pass through seven phases of requirements, including payment of non-refundable fee of N250,000.

Besides, the application for re-registration (if appeal is sustained by the commission), with payment of N250,000. If after passing the seven phases of re-registration requirements the application succeeds, the broker has to pay license fee of N2.25 million, apply for NAICOM’s approval of the members of the board of directors before new licence can be considered.

However, the Chief Executive Officer of an insurance brokerage firm in the industry who pleaded anonymity when contacted said “the action of the commission was long expected, it is doubtful if the appeal of the council will be accepted for the fact that there are over 500 insurance brokers in the industry and less than 40 per cent of operators have met conditions stipulated by law to practice insurance broking in the country”.

Nevertheless, the President of the NCRIB, Emmanuel Kayode Okunoren, said at a press conference in Lagos “suffice it to say that the NCRIB is not happy that any operator in the market will continue to flout regulatory requirements as enshrined in the law. However, the council on my assumption of office, made a representation to the commission on this and sundry issues for which we got assurance of support from the commission. Whilst we are still looking at opportunity to assist those with minor infractions by interceding for them in NAICOM, we have equally made this clear to our members that the regulatory environment of today requires more discipline than hitherto and that compliance issues must no longer by treated with levity.”