L – President Emeritus Gbadebo Olamerun; National Chairman, Association of Kenya Professional Insurance Agents, Mr Clifford Ochieng and ARIAN National President Odewunmi Olakunle at the event
By Favour Nnabugwu
The Association of Registered Insurance agents in Africa desired to form a solid organisation that will propel the association in African in order to give them more recognition to broaden their horizons.
Promoters of the initiative are: Gbadebo Olamerun, from Nigeria; Clifford ochieng, Kenya; Sayi juma, Tanzania; Peter olyot South Africa; Lizzele Van de merewe South Africa; Remco van de Veen, Netherland;Ivan Turyamusiima, Uganda; Syvia Nanukasa, Rwanda and Esther Mwchwmba, Tanzania
President Emeritus of the Association of Registered Insurance Agents of Nigeria, ARIAN, Mr. Gbadebo Olamerun in Lagos, stated that the discussions to have a pan African insurance body have been on since the past four years, stressing that the decision to form the organisation was informed by the need to foster unity among agents across the continent and promote their common interest.
He noted that the Nigerian team having met with their counterparts from other countries during the AIO conference, and have taken some resolutions, the organisation would continue to operate until when it will be fully inaugurated at the next AIO conference holding in Kenya.
Gbadebo submitted that And it was an honour and privilege that insurance agents through their Kenya Chairman, Clifford Ochieng, deliver a speech to the AIO annual general meeting, which according to him, was the first ever in AIO calendar of which
insurance agents appreciate the honour.
The Kenyan National Chairman, Association of Kenya Professional Insurance Agents AKPIA) Mr. Clifford Ochieng, stated that agents play major role in the insurance value chain as they are the foot soldiers in the insurance market.
Ochieng submitted that the organisation would help promote unity amongst agents across the continent, adding that this is the right time for agents in the continent to come together and share knowledge and come up with measures that would help them maximize inherent insurance opportunities in their various countries.
He maintained that the Kenyan’s agent fraternity has joined the AIO and implored agents associations in other countries that are yet to affiliate with body to do so, as it would help unify agents in the continent.