Lagos - The Nigerian insurance industry earned about N10 million as premium
income from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Brown Card
scheme in 2013.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance
Scheme is a third party liability cover.
Henrietta Anyanna, Secretary-General,
Nigerian National Bureau of ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance Scheme,
disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos.
Under the insurance scheme, member states undertake to provide compensation
for damages to properties and body injuries or death arising from the use of
motor vehicles within the sub-region.
The properties covered under the ECOWAS Brown Card scheme are buildings and
belongings of third party accident victims.
According to Anyanna, the 2013 premium income as at December 8, 2013 showed
significant increase to N10 million against the N3.5 million recorded in 2010.
“Other member states have recorded significant rise in premium income
figures also. ECOWAS Brown Card Insurance is cash and carry business.
“The huge outstanding premium of about N24 billion recorded in other classes
of business does not exist under the Brown Card Scheme.
“Usually, our written premium is the actual figure collected,” she said.
Anyanna said that the Brown Card scheme gave motorists, plying the sub region,
the peace of mind as the financial risks of using insured vehicles had become
the responsibility of insurance companies.
She said that the Brown Card scheme had relieved customers of the
burden of paying for damages to victims of accidents in a foreign country.
The secretary general said the scheme had also enhanced national
productivity and boost overall economic development in the sub-region.
She said that the Brown Card scheme had facilitated movement of motorists
across the West African sub-region and served as an important source of long-
term finance for the private and public sectors.
According to her, the ECOWAS Brown Card scheme is patterned after the
International Insurance Schemes in developed and emerging economies.
She said that the scheme’s common system for insurance claims settlement had
helped to harmonise laws and regulations governing motor insurance in member