NIC to roll out central database system

Mr. Ofori

Mr. Ofori

The National Insurance Commission (NIC) is to roll out a central database system to track all policies issued by insurance companies to ensure easy verification.

 

The Central Data Base System was among other measures to check the issuance of fake and illegal insurance certificates.

 

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of the NIC, Mr. Justice Ofori at the climax of a one-week training workshop for 105 personnel of Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service in Koforidua.

 

He revealed that only 40 per cent of the total number of vehicles plying the roads were insured hence the need to clean the system to enhance safety on the roads.

 

‘’We are going to have a system that will make it easy for the police to simply send a vehicle’s licence number to a short code and all the confirmation with respect to insurance on the availability would be known without any complexity,’’ he emphasised.

 

The Commissioner added that the system would also afford customers the opportunity to confirm the authenticity of the insurance policy purchased.

 

Mr. Ofori indicated that, the training offered by NIC formed part of efforts to strengthen strong partnership with the Police to let them appreciate the importance of insurance and the need to have a collaboration to keep the roads safe.

 

Mr. Ofori said to enforce the compulsory insurance compliance of insured vehicles on the road it required the backing of the Ghana Police Service because, insurance companies could not enforce it alone and without the Police there would be a lot of vehicles with fake insurances on the road.

 

He explained that before the end of the year they should have started something positive so that next year they switch to full digitisation.

 

The Commissioner called on insurance companies to build a lot of confidence on the market by making sure they pay their claims on time to instill confidence in the people.

 

Mr. Ofori said the NIC as part of measures to revive the fortunes and build public confidence had collaborated with Ghana Insurance Quality to run training for stakeholders in the  industry such as trade associations, Trade Union Congress (TUC),  market women and driver unions so that they can appreciate insurance.

 

He said by next year they would train at least 5,000 senior high school and university leavers across the country, who would be certified to become agents and would be readily available for insurance companies to be employed.

 

Superintendent of Police, Adu Boahene from the MTTD headquarters said the one week training was geared towards the achievement of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP’s) vision to make Ghana Police Service, a force to reckon with and one of the best on the continent and the world at large.

 

He said it was in line with the transformational agenda by the IGP to make the Ghana Police Service to be capable and deliver to the standards of the international practice.

 

The capacity of the participants were enhanced in police ethics, intelligence gathering, integrity, professionalism, techniques in road traffic management, handling of equipment used to control or enforce road traffic laws, stress management and handling of psychological issues, among others.

 

Presentations were also made by resource persons from the Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) as well as the National Road Safety Commission.

FROM DAVID KODJO, KOFORIDUA

 

 

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