Insurance industry total assets hit N2.67trn ***As capitalization closes @ N851bn in 2023

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By Favour Nnabugwu 
The nation’s insurance industry’s total assets N2.7b trillion at the end of Q4, according to the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM)’s  “Nigerian Insurance Market performance at a Glance – Q4.
At the pace of the growth for the fourth quarter, insurance industry capitalisation stood at N851 billion at the close of 2023.
In the report release by the Deputy Director of Communications and Market Development, Mr AbdulRasaaq Salami revealed that “Statistics also shows that
the market recorded total assets of about N2.67trillion and capitalization of N851billion in 2023″
The Insurance industry of Nigeria has sustained its progressive trend of positive market performance at the close of 2023 fourth quarter, recording a milestone growth to close at N1.003trillion, representing about 27 per cent growth compared to the
N790billion recorded in 2022.
The Non-Life business accounted for 61.3 per cent of all premiums written during the year while the Life segment contributed 38.7 per cent, valued at N388.1billion. The market also recorded a retention of about 87.7 per cent for the Life business, just about 54 per cent for Non-Life while the aggregate market average retention stood at 66.7 per cent during the same period. 
Major growth drivers in the non-life segment of the market were Oil & Gas and Fire Insurances, contributing 27.3 percent and 24.1percent respectively. In a direct reflection to the ongoing regulatory measures regarding claims settlement, the Life business recorded about 95 per cent of net claims to the total recorded claims during the year while the market average stood at about 71.4 per cent of the N536.5billion gross claims reported at the close of fourth quarter, 2023. 
“In a direct reflection to the “no-premium no-cover” policy of the Commission, the outstanding premium continue to decline, posting a 1.6 per cent as outstanding of all the premiums generated in the market during the period.

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