The IICC Chairman Babington-Ashayes Address at 2018 Media Retreat in Ijebu-Ode
ADDRESS BY MRS. FUNMI BABINGTON-ASHAYE, FIIN, CHAIRMAN, INSURANCE INDUSTRY CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL (IICC) DURING THE 2018 IICC MEDIA RETREAT FOR INSURANCE CORRESPONDENTS ON FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY, 2018 AT GRAND INN & SUITES, IJEBU-ODE, OGUN STATE..
• Distinguished Members of the IICC
• Distinguished Members of the Press,
• Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great delight and satisfaction that I convey the goodwill of the various Arms of the Insurance Industry under the umbrella of the Insurance Industry Consultative Council (IICC) and welcome you to the 2018 IICC Media Retreat for Insurance Correspondents.
It is pleasing to note and place on record, the significance of the Media Retreat as a mark of recognition and acknowledgement of the importance of the media, especially in its position as:
➢ The Industry partner in progress
➢ The public opinion gauge about our Industry
➢ A veritable purveyor of public education on Insurance and financial issues, and the platform for measuring Industry pulse and stability and/or challenging situations.
It is against this background that the Insurance Industry Consultative Council (IICC) has commenced hosting of the Media Retreat on behalf of the Industry.
The Media Retreat not only guarantees greater unity of purpose, but also forestalls dissipation of energies in different directions by the various constituent bodies towards creating awareness about and positive image about the insurance industry.
As you may be probably aware, The IICC was formed with the following objectives which are aimed at raising the profile of the Industry as well as increase its relevance to the nation’s economic growth. The objectives include:
1. Acting as an industry voice for national matters.
2. Acting as a platform for intra industry conflict resolution.
3. Promoting the industry’s image and growth agenda.
4. To take up and assume any other role that may serve the best interest of the insurance industry.
Concerted efforts have been put in place towards the attainment of the above objectives, but I must admit that much of the grounds gained is as a result of the immense publicity that the activities of the IICC and by extension, the Insurance Industry has received through the efforts of members of the press.
I therefore seize this opportunity to express our profound appreciation to the media for its immeasurable support. The media, especially the insurance correspondents have continued to demonstrate expertise in and about the insurance industry as encapsulated in their objective and positive reportage.
You will all agree with me that a better understanding of our operations by the media cannot be over emphasized. As we all know, insurance is highly technical and its reporting can only be accurate if the media continue to partner the industry through mutual education, trust and commitment. Let me therefore state that the IICC will continue to provide platforms for the continuous exchange of ideas with the media, especially in areas such as new and emerging industry policies, ethics and professionalism, insurance and financial literacy, etc.
Media excellence in all its ramifications is desired and will be continually acknowledged. Examples abound of proficient media practitioners of the two genders who have been appointed to exalted national responsibilities in the country. In the insurance sector, a few insurance correspondents have crossed over into mainstream insurance practice, either as heads of corporate communications or as brand managers, while a few have attained top positions in management echelon.
Distinguished members of the Press, permit me to use this medium to inform you that the 4th edition of the IICC National Insurance Conference is scheduled to hold from Sunday 8th July – Tuesday 10th July, 2018 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. I wish to seize this opportunity to solicit your usual support in effectively covering and publicizing the Conference as it is the flagship event of the IICC.
Let me end by noting that the insurance industry is today in a precarious state, due to the various unfolding dynamics, calling for change of operation and strategies by operators. The industry would be able to stave these besetting odds and maintain an acceptable image in the eyes of the public, only if the media shows understanding and appreciation of the times that the industry is at the moment. Our channels of response in the industry are open to you gentlemen of the media to clarify information before going to publish. We must bear in mind that the industry and insurance correspondents have their destinies and survival inextricably linked. It is only when the insurance industry exists and is thriving that insurance correspondents could also have a safety and comfortable nest. I hereby covet your support as you have always done.
I thank you for honoring our invitation to this retreat and advise that you take maximum advantage of the knowledge that would be imparted at this programme for the advancement of your profession and the quality of your being as modern days information managers.
Thank you for your attention.
MRS. FUNMI BABINGTON-ASHAYE FCII, FIIN
Insurance Industry Consultative Council