Welcome to the National Insurance Commission
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) was established in 1997 by the National Insurance Commission Act 1997 with responsibility for ensuring the effective administration, supervision, regulation and control of insurance business in Nigeria and protection of insurance policyholders, beneficiaries and third parties to insurance contracts.
OUR STRATEGIC INTENT
To effectively administer, regulate, supervise and develop the Nigerian Insurance Industry for the protection of insurance consumers and other stakeholders
A safe and sound insurance industry competing globally and contributing optimally to the Nation’s Economic Growth and Development.
Proportionality, Integrity, Consistency and Effectiveness.
Our corporate goals are to
- Ensure safety and soundness of insurance institutions
- Facilitate stability of insurance sector
- Secure protection of policyholders and public interest
- Promote optimal development of the Nigerian insurance market
- Engender public trust and confidence in the insurance system
- Achieve satisfactory level of regulatory effectiveness and compliance with relevant laws
The Commission shall:
- Establish standards for the conduct of insurance business in Nigeria.
- Approve rates of insurance premiums to be paid in respect of all classes of insurance business.
- Approve rates of commissions to be paid in respect of all classes of insurance business.
- Ensure adequate protection of strategic government assets and other properties.
- Act as advisers to the Federal Government on all insurance related matters.
- Approve standards warranties applicable to all insurance business
- To protect insurance policyholders and beneficiaries and third parties to insurance contract
- To publish for sale and distribution to the public, annual reports and statistics on the insurance industry
- Liaise with and advise Federal Ministries, extra ministerial departments, statutory bodies and other Government agencies on all matters relating to insurance as contained in any technical agreements to which Nigeria is a signatory.
- Contribute to the educational programme of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and the West African Insurance Institute.
- Carry out such other activities connected or incidental to its other functions under the 1997 Act.
The Governing Board
Section 2 (1) of the National Insurance Commission Act 1997, provides for the appointment of the Governing Board members to oversee the affairs of the Commission, the Board comprises of:
- a part time Chairman;
- the Commissioner for Insurance;
- the two Deputy Commissioners for Insurance;
- a representative of the Federal Ministry of Finance not below the rank of a Director;
- a representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) not below the rank of a Director;
- a representative of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria,(CIIN),
- a representative of the Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment
- and, three part time members to represent the interest of the public.
The Commissioner For Insurance
The Commissioner for Insurance is statutorily the Chief Executive of the Commission and is responsible for the execution of the policies of the Commission as formulated by the Board and the day-to-day administration of the Commission. His tenure is for a period of 4 years in the first instance and may be reappointed for a further 4 years and no more.
Deputy Commissioner (Technical)
The Deputy Commissioner (T) is responsible to the Commissioner for the day-to-day administration and co-ordination of all technical operations of the Commission, and performs such other duties as the Commissioner or the Board may from time to time assign to him. His tenure is for a period of 5 years in the first instance and may be reappointed for a further 5 years and no more.
Deputy Commissioner (Finance and Administration)
The Deputy Commissioner (F&A) is responsible to the Commissioner for the day-to-day control of the financial affairs and administration of the Commission; and perform such other duties as the Commissioner or the Board may from time to time assign to him. His tenure is for a period of 5 years in the first instance and may be reappointed for a further 5 years and no more.
The Commission operates under three (3) different Divisions namely: Commissioner For Insurance’s Division, Technical Division and, the Finance & Administration Division. Each Division is headed by the Executive Management. Under the CFI’ Division are: Legal and Board Secretariat; Corporate Affairs; Audit, Procurement and, Information Technology. Under the Technical Division headed by the DCT are: Inspectorate Directorate; Authorisation & Policy Directorate, Enforcement & Compliance Unit and, Complaint Bureau Unit. The Finance and Administration Division headed by the DCF&A comprises of Finance & Accounts; Administration & Human Resources, Supervision Directorates and, Servicom Unit. Directors who head the various functional directorates of the Commission are formally appointed following a rigorous selection process. The Commissioner delegates various powers and functions to directors and staff reporting to him, to ensure that the Commission’s business is carried out efficiently and effectively. Delegations are reviewed regularly and delegates are expected to act in accordance with policies and procedures approved by the Commission.
The Commissioner and the two Deputy Commissioners set priorities, appoints and evaluates the performance of the directors, and approves delegations, budgets and business plans for each directorate. Through day-to-day contact with executive management and staff, and through written reports, the Commissioner stays informed about operational performance, finance, human resources, information technology and all other matters.
Decision Making Process
A Top Management Committee (TMC) meeting is held every second Wednesday of each month. Membership of the TMC includes the Commissioner, his two Deputy Commissioners and all Directors who are heads of the six Directorates. Other members are the Legal adviser and Heads of Enforcement & Compliance, Audit and Corporate Affairs Units.