The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says it is seeking partnership with insurance companies and brokers to create awareness on the need for insurance protection for traders’ wares in the South-East.
The South-East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Fred Anusim, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Monday.
Anusim noted that the involvement of insurance in business or trade is meant to reduce possible losses, especially those of recurring fire incident as we approach the dry season or harmattan.
He said: “NEMA, as an emergency agency, has moved from reactionary to proactive disaster management.
“Thus, the Agency do all to prevent disasters from happening or it having minimal effect on the people if it eventually occurs.
“The move to involve insurance companies and brokers in our awareness to businessman, women and traders, especially those in major market is to let them know the importance and benefits of insurance to safe-guard their wares and other valuables’’.
The coordinator called on state and local governments to get involved and encourage traders in their major markets to pick up insurance policies “meant to indemnify them in the event of any loss’’.
“The government at the state or council levels getting involved in the joint sensitization of NEMA and insurance companies/brokers on benefit of insurance to trade will be highly appreciated and welcomed.
“State or local government can take up some financial burden of picking up insurance policy on behalf of traders within their domain.
“This move will also assist the government’s spending little or nothing during situations of disasters; as the insurance company/broker is expected to pay for the damage/loss incurred,’’ he said.