The National Insurance Company (NIC) on Saturday opened their East End office at 135 Kissy Road in Freetown.
The company’s Managing Director, Arthur Yaskey said the 100-percent government-owned company was the first company to open an outlet within the precincts of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority SLRTA to fast track the insurance process for motor vehicles.
He said when SLRTA decided to evict all insurance companies from their compound they decided to set up an office very close to the Authority so that they could still service their customers.
Mr Yaskey said some of their customers were sometimes hustled to insure with insurance companies they would rather have nothing to do with. Referring to NIC as “De Mammy for all insurance na Salone”, or the mother of insurance in the country, he said the new outlet would serve the Kissy Road, Cline Town, Water Quay, Kanikay and Up Gun areas.
NIC, he went on would service the business community and market women who would be able to make good use of the Money Back plan otherwise known as Osusu.
“The Osusu arrangement” the MD said “is well guaranteed” and that no one would disappear with anybody’s money because ‘your Osusu is with NIC and NIC is here to stay’.
“We have various products, for example, the Fire Insurance to cover your house and property against the ravages of fire; [and] Burglary insurance to cover your property against theft; the Personal Accident cover. These products are all purposefully designed to reduce the stress connected with safeguarding the assets of individuals”,
The Chairman of the NIC Board, Peter Kuyembeh commended the Management for the “wonderful job” they had been doing. He said the aim was primarily to get closer to their customers who would want to insure with them during their license process. “Getting closer to the SLTRA enables us to serve our motor insuring customers and potential clients without hustle”, he said.
He said another reason for the new office was to get closer to the market women who will want to join Osusu plan.
The Chairperson of the programme Mrs Sarah Bendu, said NIC had done a lot for Sierra Leoneans and that they would seek to do better.