The newly-appointed Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), the professional body for insurance practitioners, Mr. Kola Ahmed, said he is committed to raise the standards of the institute to that of world class professional bodies.
He gave the commitment in a chat with newsmen in Lagos recently, saying his vision was to take the institute to “loftier heights”.
“I wish to state that, commitment to the challenges of turning the institute into a world-class professional body remains the focus of the secretariat team. These challenges include the continuous improvement of our service delivery to the teeming members of the institute, reinforcing the growth agendas rolled out by successive Presidents of the institute as well as guaranteeing the actualisation of the statutory goals and objectives of the institute,” he said.
According to him, one of the key objectives of the institute is provision of robust platforms for the determination of the skills and knowledge expected of those who hold themselves out as insurance practitioners in the country.
On the way to making the institute a world class institution, Ahmed said his administration would focus on revamping the secretariat to serve as engine room for generation of ideas and formulation of polices for consideration and ratification by the institute’s governing council.
In addition, he said the institute under him would provide appropriate and effective support for committees of council in the discharge of their assigned roles and responsibilities.
He also assured stakeholders that he would ensure that the institute and administration remain focused, responsive, proactive and effective in the discharge of its responsibilities even as he intends leading a management team that is participatory, cohesive and committed to the goals and objectives of the institute.
The new director general also assured listeners that he would strive to establish and sustain a sound, constructive and effective communication link with members, students and other stakeholders for the purpose of ensuring prompt dissemination of information about the institute’s programmes, events and activities among other things.
Ahmed also promised that he would continually promote and safeguard the image, status and pre-eminence of the institute as the umbrella body for insurance practitioners as well as its role as the sole education and training body.
This, he said, would be in tune with the institute’s mandate to determine the standards of knowledge and skill to be attained by persons seeking to become registered members of the insurance profession.
Ahmed holds a 1981 Bachelors Degree in Insurance from the University of Lagos and 2001 MBA from the Lagos State University (LASU). An Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, London (ACII), he became a Fellow of the Institute in 2006 and became a Fellow of CIIN the following year. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management.
He started his career in Insurance in 1981 at Hogg Robinson Nigeria where he did his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) primary assignment and worked up to 1986 when he joined Koguna Babura & Company.
In 1991, he left for the Nigerian-French Insurance Company Limited which later merged with Aiico Insurance Plc from where he voluntarily retired in 2009 to found and manage Krabond Insurance Brokers.