By Favour Nnabugwu
The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and the Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB have expressed condolences to the family of the former Deputy Commissioner for Insurance, Finance and Administration over the demise of George Onekhena.
A statement by Head, Corporate Communications and Market Development, NAICOM, Rasaaq Salami, said he died last night in the United States, adding that the burial arrangement will be as announced by the family.
According to the statement, the Board, Management and Staff of the Commission commiserate with the family and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
In the same manner, the Executive Secretary of NCRIB, Mr Tope Adaramola who was obviously shocked but the sad news, said it was like a thunderbolt in the wind to hear that the Nigerian insurance industry and the financial services sector has lost one of the prominent stars in its galaxy. Mr. George Onekhena.
He said the news of his death has cast a deep gloom and an undesired beginning of the year gift from nature on the staff hierarchy of the Commission, many of who are morning and ruing his departure at this crucial period when his impact was still being tapped by many who were close to him.
Before his dead, Onekhena was the Chief Executive Officer, Crown Height Consulting Services, based in Mooresville, North Carolina, United States.
He was a professionally certified Accountant with competence in financial reporting, general management, auditing, and insurance regulations.
He was an alumnus of the University of Lagos having graduated from the institute with a Master of Business Administration – MBA Business Administration and Management, General George Onekhena was also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).