The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nicon Insurance limited, Boyade Samuel has paid a courtesy visit to the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja.
Mr. Samuel who came along with his executive officers were received by the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev Fr Ralph Madu.
The meeting was facilitated by Rev Fr Bernard Asogo, the Secretary of Education at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria. Giving the rationale for the meeting, Rev Fr Asogo remarked:
“Two years ago some staff of Nicon Insurance Limited who visited me in my office had made some proposal to me with regard to what they call student welfare education insurance scheme. They have accompanied me to almost all the meetings I have had with the Catholic Directors of Religious Education in the country where they have enlightened them on how such scheme could be beneficial to catholic schools in Nigeria. I noted their concerns and promised I will facilitate a meeting between them and the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria to discuss more on the matter. That is why this meeting is being called today.”
Nicon Insurance Mr Boyade Samuel disclosed that “Nicon Insurance is a big player in the Insurance business. It was established 50 years ago, and has offices in all the states in the country.”
He continued: “We have developed a student welfare education scheme that will take care of the education needs of our children in Nigeria. We have discovered that many students in both the private and public schools easily become drop outs especially when their sponsors die. So we came up with this scheme to assist children finish their school with ease. For five years we have experimented and implemented the scheme in the government owned unity schools, the results have been tremendous. It is for this reason we want to propose the scheme for catholic schools in the country. We are here to partner with the Catholic Church, and it is our belief that the CSN will help to spread this scheme.” Samuel explained.
In his response, the Secretary General of the CSN, Rev Fr Ralph Madu thanked the management of Nicon Insurance for their visit. “The Catholic Church is everywhere in the country and It has been at the fore front in providing health care services and quality education in this country even before Nigeria gained her independence in 1960.” Fr Madu said
He promised to look into their proposals and make it available to the Administrative Board of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria(CBCN) for consideration. “Whatever we discuss here today has to be ratified by the Administrative Board. And once an approval is given, it will then go to the plenary of the CBCN.” Fr Madu disclosed.
“However, in a business of insurance of this nature, trust and confidence is important.” The CSN Secretary General warned.
On his part, Fr Emmanuel Ojaje Idogo, the director of Pastoral affairs described the draft copy of the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) presented to the CSN by Nicon Insurance as “an ambitious Mou that can help a child develop his/her potential.
He noted that “the Catholic Church is providing for the inadequacies of government and that is why she is fully involved in education.”
“We have studied your MoU. But there will be need for some clarifications. There are also things that need to be added. This certainly will require another technical meeting other than this one for all the gray areas to be resolved. However, in your good desire to do business with the Church, morality is paramount.” He concluded.