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Kari tasks CIIN on professionalism

The newly appointed Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari has charged the leadership of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) to ensure that its members embrace professionalism as a way of mitigating the already battered image of the sector in the country.
Kari also canvassed for the cooperation of the market players to make his job easy and successful, noting that current development in the country calls for a collaborative effort of all and sundry in a view to repositioning the insurance profession and the industry.
The NAICOM boss who made the assertion in his maiden public outing as the CFI said in his keynote address at the investiture of the 47th President of the CIIN that the apathy towards insurance and the way and manner the profession is being addressed need a rethink from all of key players, asserting that the whys are obvious and well known to all.
“We all know the whys, let’s us discuss dispassionately and agree the hows of correcting the wrong perceptions.” He paused.
Deriving a quote from the paper entitled “The Test of Professionalism-in the lnsurance Industry” presented by the managing director of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mr. Wale Onaolapo in 2006, he quoted Onaolapo as haven said thus; “the common conditions in judging a profession as “an organized body of knowledge, client (member) recognition of the authority of the profession, a code of ethics, and a professional culture nurtured by professional associations” saying that these conditions-are so basics and wonders why a practitioner would select to be in a profession, yet refuses to recognize its ethics, culture and its authority. He said the best approach is always for the professionals to do it themselves.
“Left undone, the regulators have no option-but to ensure-it are done.” He warned
Kari said there is need for a reawakening to ensure only trained personnel are allowed to practice, saying that insurance services are being rendered by  persons and bodies without adequate-training and that the sector should embrace professionalism as core value in our industry.
“To achieve that we must train all persons that carry our flags to our consumers. As the Professional arm of the industry, indiscipline and unethical practices by  your members should be of grave concern to the institute. Insurance  practitioners and professionals should be seen to uphold the tenets of the  profession both in their words and actions.”
“It is not enough for the Institute to breed and certify insurance professionals only, but must also ensure that they are regularly updated through training and retraining to enable them measure up with current global trends.””Training should be of paramount importance to the institute or the development  of practitioners. To this end we already have held preliminary discussion with the  Rector of the Centre for Insurance and Financial Management Studies (CIFMS)  towards developing acceptable curriculum for the training of different level of  practitioners and an annual mandatory refreshers training thereafter.
I would want to see the institute become a one stop shop for the teaching of good  ethics and building good characters as it relates to the practice of insurance.  Insurance practitioners should always imbibe the spirit of professionalism in their  dealings.
If we truly practice as professionals that we say we· are., ·we should be mindful of  our actions and how we carry ourselves. We should be seen as men and women  of proven integrity, we should avoid unethical practices because it will not only   send bad signals to· the public, it will further erode the little respect left. –
Perhaps, by these remarks, I may have started setting the agenda for the in-  coming President and Chairman of Council. Lady Chukwuma is a woman well  known within the industry and beyond and I ·believe she would be able to  consolidate on the achievements of her predecessor as well as confront the  various challenges bedeviling the industry at the moment.”
“I have known Lady Chukwuma as far back as the early 1990s; I have known her  as a thorough bred professional and one that is also deeply concerned on how to  defend her profession.

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