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Consolidated Hallmark Renews N24 Million Group Personal Accident Cover For Journalists

Consolidated Hallmark Insurance(CHI) Plc has renewed the Group Personal Accident Insurance cover worth N24 million Sum Assured for insurance journalists in the country.

This, 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 civic duties are adequately protected.

The Group Personal Accident Insurance covers death, permanent disability and medical expenses.

The policy, now in its 9th years, has been running since 2012, and is renewed annually by the company. The cover, was renewed in October, 2020 and it is due to expire in September 2021.

The policy cover all members of the National Association of Insurance and Pension Correspondents(NAIPCO) across the country while the company has promised to continue to renew the coverage for the journalists every year.

Reacting to this development, the group managing director/CEO, CHI, Mr. Eddie Efekoha, said, this gesture is to show the kind of values and respect his insurance firm has for journalism, believing, journalists, who the shaper of the society, and by extension, the insurance industry, must be well taking care of.

Journalism, he said, is a risky profession, hence, the need to adequately provide insurance for those covering the insurance industry.

In the case of the death of any of the concerned journalists, he said, the family of the deceased is entitled to N1 million death benefits.

“A journalist who suffers permanent disability in the discharge of his duties will also be entitled to N1 million. The cover provides for medical expenses to the tune of N200,000 per journalist in the case of an accident,” he pointed out.

Applauding the initiative, the chairman, NAIPCO, Mr. Chuks Udo Okonta, said, this is a rare gesture from CHI, as part of its CSR initiative aimed at impacting lives of IRS Immediate community.

He, on behalf of all members of the association, thanked the company as well as its GMD, Mr. Eddie Efekoha, for recognising the pivotal roles journalists are playing in the society and indeed insurance industry, promising that, this will serve as moral boosters for his members to continue to discharge their duties ethically and professionally with exhibiting any fear or intimidation.

He was particularly happy for the fact that, in 2013, Mrs. Bimbo Oyetunde a staffer of Radio Nigeria received medical bill compensation from CHI after she was involved in a ghastly motor accident alongside other members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on their return from Abuja after an official assignment where three people died.

To him, ” Your company has lived up to expectation in the past when one of our members benefited from this policy and that, we are grateful for. Although, we don’t pray for hazard to happen, but we are relaxed that if the unexpected happens, CHI is always there for us”.

Product Counterfeiting, Set Back To Industrial Growth – SON DG.

 
The Director General of Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Malam Farouk Salim has said that product counterfeiting and brand-cloning are major set-back to the federal government’s efforts to promote industrial growth and local production, .
Salim, who described product fakers as enemies of the nation and original brand owners, said they have deprived the genuine manufacturers of market space, loss of revenue, low patronage, as well as cause jobs and employment losses. 
 
According to him, the end-users and consumers are equally short-changed when they buy such products.
 
The Director General, who spoke during a courtesy visit of the Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association to SON office in Lagos recently, vowed to check brands faking in order not to only grow the economy of the nation but also protect brand owners. 

By doing so, he said local industries doing the right thing would be assisted to grow their businesses, accrue more revenue, employ more workers as well as export their products.
 
”SON would be all out to check the nefarious activities of product counterfeiters via effective collaboration and enforcement. 
“Product cloning short-changes brand owners and the consumers of their hard earned money spent on such products while also having negative impact on the economy”, he added.
 

The SON boss also added that product cloning makes traceability of products difficult should a product fail to meet the minimum requirements of the Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS).

He explained that going forward, the agency would discourage the registration of any product having a similar business name with an existing brand that hide under the names of successful brands to short-change the unsuspecting consumers.

“The issue of trademark cannot be handled alone by SON, but going forward, we are going to put a stock of the products we register and certify. Anytime a new product comes and looks similar to another product registered that is already popular in the market, we will try to discourage the registration of that product with such a name so that other products would be identified properly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director General, has stated plans to increase its level of engagement with stakeholders in the Alaba International Market, noting that this move by the agency would help protect the interest of the business community while also safeguarding lives and property.

He said the standards body would work with stakeholders to sensitize the business community on the need to ensure safety and standards, warning that unscrupulous individuals would be prosecuted if found wanton.

The SON boss added: “We are here to work with them and to make their job easy while also to protect their interest because they are Nigerians employing people and they are doing what needs to be done”.

“We are looking forward to cooperating with them to ensure that every other individual in their association not doing the right thing is encouraged to doing the right thing in the future.”

In his words, “We are inviting stakeholders and the plan is to work together with stakeholders to sensitize them on the need to ensure safety and standards and from there we go to the next level against the stakeholders who are still breaking the rules, we will enforce our law either by court or through appropriate regulatory agencies.”

According to him, SON would reach out to the community through sensitization programmes to highlight the negative impacts of substandard goods on the business community.

“They have promised to work with us and those people who are not doing the right thing would be fished out. The task is for us to continue cooperation, continue openness and to be fair with each other. We want you to be our eyes in the market. Help us make our work easy because we are out here to make you competitive. Let us work together to make this happen as we would be reaching to everyone in the market,” he said.

Also speaking, the Executive Chairman, AIATA, Fabian Ezeorjika, said there is an already existing partnership with SON to achieve a substandard-free market.

He reaffirmed the association’s commitment to working with SON to fish out the bad eggs in the market, saying that the association had formed a Joint Task Force comprising of SON officials and currently running a “buyer beware campaign” in the market.

‘‘SON has destroyed a lot of products while some of our members are in court and we are going to increase the level of collaboration with SON because we want to bring an end to substandard goods.’’

He called on SON to encourage local production, saying that this is the surest way to create wealth and job opportunities for the nation’s teeming youths.

“We need to create a conducive environment for local production. Importation only creates job opportunities for people we import from. We must create a platform to boost local production,” he maintained.

DPO IN TROUBLE FOR ALLEGEDLY ORDERING DETENTION OF A DEBTOR TO RECOVER DEBT.

The Divisional Police Officer, FESTAC Command, Lagos, CSP  Haruna Abiola, has landed in trouble over allegedly using his officers to arrest and detained a company worker, Kingsley Chukwuma, in order to recover N5m debt paid into the company’s account. 

The company in question is Nirvana Rock Solid Limited, whose Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is one Mrs. Obiaku Akwiwu-Nwadike.

The DPO was said to have directed one Inspector Mohammed Oshidu to arrest Kingsley Chukwuma who was Personal Assistant to Mrs. Nwadike.

Chukwuma was alleged to have been manhandled, detained and subjected him to inhuman treatment, which has become a subject of litigation before the Lagos State High Court.

In a suit filed before the Court through Kingsley Chukwuma’s Counsel, Barrister Adejumo Omobolaji Chambers, he is asking for N2m both cost of filing the suit, unlawful arrest, intimidation, and harassment in breach of his fundamental human rights in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In the originating summons on the suit with number, 547832020, the applicant sought the followings: A declaration that his arrest on 12th October 2020 and subsequent detention in lieu of Nirvana Rock solid Limited under the purported investigation when he is not the director or alter ego of the company is unlawful, unjust, unconstitutional and breach of right for human dignity of human person.

An order of injunction restraining the respondents namely the Police Service Commission, IGP, Commissioner of Police, the Divisional Police Officer, FESTAC Command and Tony Obioha from harassing, restricting, molesting or any of inhuman treatment against the applicant.

That the Respondents to tender unreserved apology to the applicant to two widely circulating National newspapers and the cost and compensation in the sum of N2m for the applicant.

In the affidavit sworn by the applicant, Kingsley Chukwuma, it stated he works as Personal Assistant to Mrs. Obiaku Akwiwu, the Chairman/CEO of Nirvana Rock Solid limited.

That one Mrs. Adefunke Oyeyemi, a staff of Mark Calthers Consulting seconded to Nirvana Rock Solid Limited as Sales Supervisor, placed an order for some goods on behalf of undisclosed customer and paid N5m into the company’s account.

It stated that Mrs. Adefunke Oyeyemi had been owing the company N3m for the goods she collected from the company in her name.

That the company exercised its right of lien to set off the N3m debt she owed and there was no contract between one of the respondents, Tony Obioha, who reported the matter to the Police at FESTAC Command and he was wrongly arrested and detained.

It stated that his detention caused him severe trauma, reputational damage, pain, disrespect, humiliation not appropriate for in convicted person.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit. But the whole issue came from the DPO, CSP Abiola, who was said to have ordered the arrest of Kingsley Chukwuma.

Physically challenged Man Employed To Impregnate 10 Young Girls At Baby Factory Arrested In Ogun State.

 

A physically challenged man, allegedly employed to impregnate young girl and their babies were sold after delivery at baby factory has been arrested by the Police in Ogun State.

The daughter of the owner of the illegal baby factory was also arrested during the raid by the Police, while the operator of the factory, Mrs Florence Ogbonna reportedly fled during the raid on Tuesday December 1 through the back door.

10 pregnant girls and four unsold kids are recovered from the factory by the Police during the raid.

The baby factory is located at Ofada, Mowe, Obafemi-Owode LGA of Ogun State.

The physically challenged man is allegedly responsible for impregnating the young girls and after delivery, their babies were sold by Mrs Ogbonna.

The PPRO, Ogun police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi who confirmed the incident revealed that the woman, Mrs Ogbonna had been ealier arrested for similar offence and is standing trial for human trafficking before this incident.

He said that the young expectant mothers aged 18 to 24 years, were transported from Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states with a promise of securing employment for them but later lured into the illicit trade.

“The raid was conducted at the baby factory owned by the woman who is under court bail, after one of the victims resisted the plan to put her baby for sale, escaped and reported the illicit trade to the police”, the PPRO said.

According to him, the lady identified as Chidera Onuoha reported the matter to the police after the fleeing woman wanted to sell her baby.

On how much the babies cost, she said;“If the baby is a boy, they sell it for N250,000. If it’s a girl, it is N200,000.”