Insurers mull introduction of terrorism insurance in Nigeria

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As Nigeria continues battle and terrorism mainly in the north, professionals are beginning speculate that insurance companies would soon expand their portfolio of services include “terrorism insurance.”
years ago, some foreign multinationals began add terrorism or kidnapping their portfolio and Nigerian companies were not ready for it,” said Mr Fola Daniel, the for insurance at the National Insurance Commission of Nigeria (NAICOM).
“This became an excuse for wanting to export 90 percent of such risk abroad. What we did at the commission to call insurers and let them know that nothing is spectacular about kidnapping that you cannot have an endorsement that will enable you to introduce kidnapping to your portfolio and a few of the companies rose to the challenge and added it to their policies so there is no longer an excuse to this business abroad.”
He believes the government can serve as reinsurers as is the case in Britain and the United States.
“We threw the challenge to the Nigeria Insurance (NIA) to start something, noise, do writeups in the newspaper to let people know that we can do it but need government to augment and this is the case in Britain, it is the case in America and ’m sure the government will listen,” he added.
Having an insurance cover for terrorism in Nigeria may help reassure investors and business owners and eventually attract more to largest economy.  (VENTURES )