Limitations To The Development Of Insurance In Nigeria

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LIMITATIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INSURANCE IN NIGERIA

ABSTRACT

Regulation of Nigeria’s insurance industry has become substantially intensified in the last two decades. This paper critically evaluates the philosophy and challenges of insurance regulation in the context of post-authoritarian governance and increasing economic liberalization in Africa’s potential largest insurance market. The last two decades has witnessed among others, government regulatory intervention through the establishment of a regulator and mandatory recapitalization. Temporally, the trajectory of developments in the last decade which coincides with post-authoritarian military rule in the country is significant. As a developing economy, the Nigerian insurance industry presents an example of untapped and gross under-utilization of its boundless potentials. Adopting a qualitative approach, this paper explores the factors responsible for the industry’s slow growth in comparison with its huge human and material resources and what lessons might be learnt to chart a way forward. The information for the study was collected using primary and secondary methods of data collection. For the primary data collection, questionnaires, personal observations and oral interviews were used while existing literature relevant to the topic was consulted for the secondary data. The researcher used chi-square statistical model to analyze the data. Three major findings were made: The study also revealed the effect the development will have in insurance, example protecting the retired account providing greater acceptance capacity and reducing possible financial stain. The study also shows how the insurance companies negotiate for their make use of brokers. Recommendation are  there should be need for insurance companies to intensity their market, rather then content themselves with more sale of their product.         The insurance company should try as much as possible to create demand for their service in evolving now policy lives. The insurance company as well cognizance must be taken care of air socio culture environment.

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page                                                                     i

Approval page                                                               ii

Dedication                                                             iii

Acknowledgment                                                    iv

Abstract                                                                v

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1               Background of the study                               1

1.2               Statement of problem                                   4

1.3               Objective of the study                                  5

1.4               Research question                                        6

1.5               Research Hypothesis                                    6

1.6               Significance of the study                               7

1.7               Scope and Limitation of the study                  8

1.8                          Definition of terms                                                                    10

References                                                                                            12

CHAPTER TWO

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

2.1      An overview                                                    13

2.2 History of Insurance in Nigeria                                  13

2.2.1        Traditional insurance system                                  14

2.2.2        Modern insurance                                                    15

2.3 History of NICON Insurance company                               16

 2.4 The effect of insurance business on economic development in         Nigeria                                                                        20

2.5 contributions of insurance to growth and development

        of Nigeria                                                                 26

2.6 Role of insurance in economic growth                               30

2.7 importance of insurance                                            35

2.8 How insurance can guaranty once future                          40

2.9 problems of Nigerian insurance sector                               43

2.10 challenges and prospects of insurance business     46

        References                                                               55

 CHAPTER THREE

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND DESIGN

3.1      Research Design                                              56

3.2      Sources of data                                               56

3.2.1        Primary data                                                56

3.2.2        Secondary data                                            57

3.3      Population of the study                                     58

3.4      Sample size and sampling techniques                 59

3.5      Instrument in determining sample size                60

3.6      Validity and reliability of instrument used            61

3.7      Method of data  presentation  and analysis          62

References                                                      65

CHAPTER FOUR

DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS 

4.1  An overview                                                     66

4.2      Data presentation                                            66

4.3      Data  analysis                                                 67

4.4      Testing of Hypothesis                                       74

4.5      Discussion of findings                                      84

CHAPTER FIVE

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION

5.1      Summary findings                                            86

5.2      Conclusion                                                      88

5.3      Recommendations                                            89

5.4      Suggestion for further studies                                  90

Bibliography                                                   91

Appendix                                                               92

Questionnaire                                                  93

 

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

Regulation of Nigeria’s insurance industry has become substantially intensified in the last two decades. This paper critically evaluates the philosophy and challenges of insurance regulation in the context of post-authoritarian governance and increasing economic liberalization in Africa’s potential largest insurance market. The last two decades has witnessed among others, government regulatory intervention through the establishment of a regulator and mandatory recapitalization.

Temporally, the trajectory of developments in the last decade which coincides with post-authoritarian military rule in the country is significant. As a developing economy, the Nigerian insurance industry presents an example of untapped and gross under-utilization of its boundless potentials. Adopting a qualitative approach, this paper explores the factors responsible for the industry’s slow growth in comparison with its huge human and material resources and what lessons might be learnt to chart a way forward.

The first part of the paper traces the origin of insurance in the country to its colonial heritage. The second part examines the rationale for regulating insurance business. The focus then shifts to regulation of insurance in Nigeria. The paper is yet to be concluded as there are outstanding issues for analysis in on which research is still in progress.

Nigeria, a country of more than 140 million people with a landmass of about 923,768.64sq. km and immense human and material resources is a former British colony. Hence, the country shares almost all its political and economic settings from its former colonial heritage. Before the introduction of the modern form of insurance, some form of social insurance had existed in the Nigerian society. These social schemes evolved through the existence of extended family system and social associations such as age grades and other unions (Osoka, 2008). Until 1966, Nigeria copied British parliamentary system of government. This British system still dominates aspects of the country’s socio-economic settings. For instance, the legal practices in Nigeria still reflect its colonial heritage. Economic institutions such banks and insurance companies, in practice, copy the British style of conducting their businesses.2 However, the country’s progress since independence in 1960, has however been undermined by long years of military rule, political instability and systemic corruption. In 1999, a civilian government was finally elected to office after a successful political transition process.

The development of insurance are intertwined with the advent of British trading companies in the region and the subsequent increased inter-regional trade. Increased trade and commerce led to increased activities in shipping and banking, and it soon became necessary for some of the foreign firms to handle some of their risks locally (Uche and Chikeleze, 2001). Trading companies were therefore subsequently granted insurance agency licences by foreign insurance companies. Such licences made it possible for such firms to issue covers and assist in claimssupervision.

The first of such agency in Nigeria came into force in 1918 when the Africa and East Trade Companies introduced the Royal Exchange Assurance Agency. Other agencies included Patterson Zochonis (PZ) Liverpool, London and Globe, BEWAC’s Legal and General Assurance and the Law Union and Rock (Osoka, 2008). There was an initial slow pace of the growth of the insurance industry in the country, particularly between 1921 and 1949. This has been traced to adverse effect of the World War II on trading activities both in United Kingdom and Nigeria. As soon as the war ended, business activities gradually picked up again, and insurance industry in Nigeria began to record remarkable improvement in growth. It was not until 1958 that the first indigenous insurance company, the African Insurance Company Limited, was established (Nigeria Re, 1993). At independence, only four of the then 25 firms in existence were indigenous.

1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

The problem militating against the development of insurance in  Nigeria are:

Inadequate orientation about insurance and its benefits in the rural communities One of the earliest and the most resilient problems the insurance industry, and the broking firms in particular has been contending with and will continue to contend with is the problem of ignorance as the benefits of insurance products. Many do not know what insurance is all about; even the educated ones.

Some believe insurance is a smart way of extorting money from the people. The problems created by some dubious practitioners who will collect premium without remitting same to the appropriate quarters do not help matters either.

Poor knowledge of the benefits of insurance by Nigerians It is believed that insurance practitioners, especially the brokers will still need to do more in this area, especially in educating the public on the numerous benefits of insurance products and how such benefits can be harnessed. Furthermore, as a result of the persistent political and economic crises, we have been unable to educate the public about what they stand to gain from insurance.

Poor attitude of Nigerian towards insurance business in Nigeria

Hence the old attitude towards the insurance that was based on ignorance keeps rearing its ugly head against the growth of the industry, especially the broking subsector.

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