By Uwakmfon Dan
The West African Insurance Companies Association (WAICA), has announced Mr Uduakobong Inyang, as First Runner Up in its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Competition.
Inyang, a Lecturer in the Department of Insurance, University of Uyo was among top three finalists out of thousands of insurance professionals who applied for the award across Africa.
He was presented with the WAICA CSR Award at the Organisation’s Dinner/Award which held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos earlier this week.
Speaking with TheMail Newspaper shortly after receiving the award, the Etinan born Scholar while lauding the organisers, said the award would help bring insurance to the fore and also change negative perception and apathy towards the profession.
“I feel absolutely great. I am excited and that’s exactly what I told the organisers. I’m happy because one ‘local boy’ could sit down, bring an idea and the idea is about to solve a global problem.
“Awards like this would bring insurance to the fore and get people to know about insurance, have interest about insurance and change the perception that people have towards insurance generally”, he said.
When quizzed on ways of improving apathy towards insurance, especially, in Nigeria, he said “we need massive awareness programmes. We need to utilise the media. People believe that insurance is a scam and fraudulent, that insurance companies don’t pay claims. So what we need to do is to work the talk. When we talk the talk in the media, we need to work the talk. How do we work the talk in the insurance sector? It is by making sure that we pay claims. We should not only wait until the client comes to say that the event has crystallized. Insurance practitioners needs to check on their clients”
Uduakobong Inyang, a Right-Choice Scholar Awardee, is currently studying for a Doctoral Degree programme at Enugu State University of Technology, Enugu.