NAICOM enjoins FG, states to make budget provision for public buildings’ insurance

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The Commissioner For Insurance and Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Mr Olorundare Sunday Thomas, has enjoined federal and state governments to begin to make adequate provisions for insurance of public buildings and buildings under construction in their respective annual budgets.

He said these categories of insurance are made compulsory by extant insurance laws in Nigeria and, thus, must be complied with by all.

According to Thomas, Section 64 of the Insurance Act 2003 makes it mandatory for individuals, governments and corporate organisations that undertake the construction of any building above two floors to procure a builder’s liability insurance policy (building under construction) from any of the NAICOM’ licensed Insurer in Nigeria.

Speaking further, he said Section 65 of the Insurance Act 2003 also makes it compulsory for all public buildings in the country to be insured in order to protect innocent victims in the events of accidents and other disasters that may occur while they are within such premises.

Thomas spoke at the 12th meeting of the National Council of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, held in Kaduna State.

Participants at the session includes the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa; Minister of State, Abdullah Tijjani Gwarzo; Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Senator Aminu Tambuwal; Chairman, House Committee on Housing and Habitat, Honourable Balele Aminu and chairman, House Committee on Urban Development and Regional Planning, Hon. Abiante Awaji.

Also at the event were the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Housing, Mahmuda Mamman; commissioners, permanent secretaries, directors of lands and housing from the 36 states of the federation; managing directors of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinancing Company, Shelter Afrique, among others.

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Thomas urged the various state governments to emulate the Lagos State government by domesticating the insurance laws in their respective states.

He listed some of the benefits in compliance with these compulsory insurances to the federal and state governments to include: “reduction in the federal and state government expenditure in event of disaster that may affect citizens, by shifting the burden to the risk-bearers (insurance companies), hence restoration would not be settled from taxpayer’s money.”

Others include, “Creation of employment opportunities for citizens of the State, and opportunity for enhancing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the respective states amongst others.

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