The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has sought collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in the fight against the importation of substandard products in the country.
The Director-General, SON, Malam Farouk Salim, made the request when he visited Col. Hameed Ali, NCS Comptroller-General, in Lagos recently.
According to Salim, the robust 11-year cooperation between SON and NCS has borne many fruits over the last decade.
He emphasised the strategic role played by the NCS in the fight against the importation of substandard products and acknowledged the historical support given to his organisation. He requested for more strategic engagement in the light of their recent return to the ports.
Responding, Ali agreed that synergy between critical government agencies at the ports would greatly enhance efficiency and would do much good in protecting the nation as well as its citizens. Ali said that there need for SON to upgrade its information technology infrastructure to enable a smooth interface with the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System (NICIS) II platform of the NCS.
He promised to do all in his power to make this a reality while also requesting for customs officers to be trained in ISO certifications.
The meeting reaffirmed the readiness and willingness of the NCS to discharge its statutory responsibilities of protecting the national economy through trade facilitation, revenue generation and anti-smuggling activities.
Both outfits agreed to provide the needed support toward safeguarding the nation from the importation of substandard goods through mutual collaboration.
CIIN president pledges sustainable legacy
Mr Edwin Igbiti, the newly inaugurated President of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) on Friday said he would focus on building a sustainable legacy during his tenure.
Igbiti made the pledge while delivering his acceptance speech at his investiture as the 51st President of the CIIN in Lagos.
He explained that the choice of the theme was borne out of the need for continuity, to sustain and build on the works of past presidents of the institute.
According to him, this will guarantee that in spite of current global uncertainties, the institute continues to meet the needs and aspirations of its members.
Continuing, he said, “Against this backdrop, my presidency would be focusing on a three-point agenda, namely: Digital Reinforcement of Institute’s Operation, Insurance Awareness For All-Grassroots, Youths and Insuring Public and Infrastructural Development”.
Igbiti said further that he would facilitate the transformation of the CIIN Secretariat with the state-of-the-art facilities that would stimulate digital operations and processes, enhance excellent work culture which resulted in quality customer experiences on all deliverables.
The CIIN president called for the support of stakeholders in the industry to help drive the industry to lofty heights.
He noted that following the socio-economic situation of the country and the need to curb the menace of insecurity, insurers must collaborate with all tiers of government.
Igbiti said, this was with the aim of re-emphasising the essence of insurance as the infrastructural pillar for the growth and development of the country.
He appreciated sponsors of the ceremony, mentors in the industry, spiritual associates and most especially, the immediate past CIIN President, Dr Muftau Oyegunle for their support and contributions that led to his achievement.
In his welcome address, Oyegunle expressed delight that Igbiti, also a professional colleague and friend, succeeded him after two years of service as his Deputy President.
The immediate past CIIN president said Igbiti’s comradeship, understanding, professionalism and integrity made his administration a sensation and with good memories for the future.
“Igbiti is a tenacious and resilient leader and his reign will be beneficial to the institute. I can confidently say this because of his trajectory of success in various positions and capacities occupied in the industry. This office provides you another opportunity to employ your wealth of expertise to broaden the scope of the institute and contribute hugely to the growth of the insurance industry. As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I urge you not to rest on your oar, as the reward for success is more hard work, ” Oyegunle said.
In his remark, Chairman of the occasion, Dr Oladele Fajemirokun, congratulated Igbiti on his investiture as the president of the institute and promised to support him throughout his tenure. Fajemirokun gave an assurance that Igbiti had the character, competence and experience to give progressive leadership to CIIN, having proven so while working at AIICO Insurance, specifically as its former Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.
“It is most heartwarming for me that a person in the mould of Igbiti is taking over the mantle of leadership of the institute at this crucial period.
“We all know the pivotal position the institute occupies in the financial ecosystem and the economy of this country.
“There is no doubt that over the years, the institute has distinguished itself as one of the foremost professional bodies that has given cutting edge training to insurance professionals.
“These professionals in turn are adding significant value, not only to the insurance industry, but the general financial ecosystem,” he said.
According to him, it was regrettable that the Nigerian insurance industry was still at the back waters of national economy, contributing a paltry one per cent to the Gross Domestic Product of the nation.