By Favour Nnabugwu
A good number of Insurance Journalists covered under the group accident insurance policy sponsored by Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHI) Plc in it’s Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, have so far been paid claims including the most recent one that ram under a trailer after being hit from behind.
As a responsible corporate citizen, CHI put in place for Insurance Journalists in the country, Group Personal Accident Insurance cover worth N24 million Sum Assured and the cover is being provided by the insurance company.
This gesture, according to the company, is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, to ensure that journalists who are exposed to danger and hazard in the discharge of their duties are adequately protected.
Speaking on the development, the group managing director/CEO, CHI, Mr. Eddie Efekoha said that the gesture was to show the kind of values and respect his insurance firm has for journalism.
According to him, “Journalism is a risky profession, hence, the need to adequately provide insurance for those covering the insurance industry.
The Journalists who are members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO) have been enjoying the feat from the insurance company over the years.
The company had promptly paid accident claims of a member who had an accident in February this year, while the second one took place in July.
The recent payment was for a member who had an accident when the car he was driving was hit by another vehicle from behind and pushed him under the trailer in front of him.
The fourth person was paid few years ago after a she had an accident while traveling with executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalists
However, covered under the group personal accident cover issued to NAIPCO, CHI stepped in to pay the hospital bills of the member while the victim has been discharged from the hospital and he is now in good health.
On her part, Chairperson, National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents (NAIPCO), Mrs. Nkechi Naeche-Esezobor, thanked the insurance firm on the claims paid, stating that, this is a testimony that insurance works and that insurers are actually paying genuine claims.