The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) , said it has commenced discussions with both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), to accommodate its input in the syllabuses of institutions offering insurance either as a subject or as a course of study.
CIIN president, Isioma Chukwuma, who disclosed this during a press briefing organised by the institute in Lagos, said CIIN, has identified relevant local and foreign Institutes Examination Syllabuses for alignment and ease of conversion.
“We are engaging the identified institutes to agree on subject by subject exemption for CIIN Diploma,” she said.
She said considering the dynamic nature of the insurance profession and in order to continually benchmark the examinations syllabus with the most relevant insurance professional bodies worldwide, the institute, is close to concluding a syllabus review to ensure that its professionals stand at par with their foreign contemporaries.
Chukwuma said CIIN is committed to and is presently exploring every means possible at situating itself as a brand on the global stage, adding that the institute is presently fine-tuning its exemptions relationships with CII (UK).
“We have consolidated the existing off-shore examination centres of the institute in Banjul, The Gambia and in Kigali, Rwanda and presently pursuing with vigor the extension of the frontiers of its professional examinations to the West African sub-region and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa.”
Chukwuma, also said CIIN has gone far in discussing with the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, for the gazetting of the institute’s professional qualifications for employment purposes in the Civil Service.
She said the process, when completed, would become an added advantage to holders of the institute’s certificate seeking employment into any government institution across the various levels and tiers of government.
The CIIN president, also said the institute, recognises the role of the media in projecting its ideals and has continually engaged the media in propagating same.
According to her, CIIN, has embraced new media platforms in order to reach out to the younger generation to attract them to the study and practice of insurance.
She informed that the institute can now be reached via social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, adding that it can constantly be employing all avenues available to raise the awareness and acceptance of insurance during her tenure.
She spoke on other activities engaged by the institute to promote insurance awareness in the country, saying the institute, launched and published textbooks on insurance and distributed the same to senior secondary schools in the country.
According to her, following the publication, launching and presentation of Insurance Textbook for Secondary Schools to Ministries of Education in Lagos, Ogun, Edo, Ondo and Kwara States, the institute, in the past year, has been able to donate copies of the book to all public Senior Secondary Schools in Rivers, Imo, Osun, Ekiti and Enugu States through their various Ministries of Education.
She said over three thousand copies of the book have been donated to schools to further enhance the teaching and study of insurance as a subject in secondary schools in Nigeria.