By: Adémólá Òrúnbon
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun says it is imperative to be a key enabler in driving the State economy through adoption of Information and Communication Technology in order to provide prudent service delivery for the people.
Governor Abiodun represented by the Chief Economic Adviser and state Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo stated this at the official flag off and launch of the e-Third party motor insurance scheme, held at Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS), Multipurpose Hall, Abeokuta.
He added that economic prosperity of the residents of the State was largely depended on the contributions of residents, urging major stakeholders to key into the scheme for their benefits.
He warned the prospective applicants of the new motor insurance not to patronize touts under the new arrangements, noting that whosever patronize the touts would be detected and prosecuted, so as to serve as deterrent to others.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Ogun State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Olugbenga Tony Olaleye said that the third party insurance was more valued, important, especially for any unimaginable and unexpected motor accident.
He said that it brings about sanity to the State and the welfare of motorists in case of any accident, imploring motorists, cyclists and other stakeholders to key into the programme for their benefits, so as to make the insurance company pay for third party that might involved in an accidents.
He said that the enforcement of the e-Third party insurance would start from November, saying that it would take agency sixty (60) days to enforce the compliance, and whoever refused to obtain the third party insurance scheme would be prosecuted accordingly.
“Indeed, there is no need to allay any fear if you involved in any accident, all what you need, is to call the number on your insurance papers, and they will come your rescue, it is the insurance company that will pay the third party”, Olaleye said
The State Coordinator, Ogun e-Third Party Insurance Scheme, Mr. Akinyoola Moses Afolabi, said that National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), which supervised the recapitalization process for the industry, including Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA) had came together with the Nigeria Insurance Industry Platform (NIIP), to regularize the scheme.
He also said the Nigeria Insurance Industry Database (NIID), with the National Assembly has equally came up with several interventions to help in deepening the market, improved product quality and banish/reduce incidence of fake papers in the industry.
He then allayed fear of post flag-off challenges, which might forced the people to issue fake document or resolved in bribery scandal, but he emphasized that with the resolve of all practitioners and continued support from the State government, all stakeholders would surely overcome the bottlenecks.
In her goodwill message, the General Manager/Group Head Business Development, Great Nigeria Insurance (GNI), Mrs. Adeyinka Olumayowa, said that the essence of third party motor insurance was to take of the damaged caused by the insured to the third party’s property or vehicle.
She added that it also settles the third party’s medical expenses (if any) in the event of an accident, when the policy holders is also at fault, noting that the e-Third party motor insurance policy could be purchased at all licensing offices and internal revenue service offices across the State.
Among the stakeholders present at the flag off ceremony including representatives of Road Transport Employer Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Park Management Board (PMB), Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycles Owners Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Articulate Motorcycles Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (AMORAN), Riders and Owners of Motorcycle Organization (ROMO), amongst others.