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The Risk Managers Society of Nigeria (RIMSON) has outlined a new strategy that would impact the nation’s economy through risk management mechanisms that would mitigate national disaster.

President of RIMSON, Raymond Akalonu, who spoke to The Guardian on the sidelines of his investiture in Lagos, said he initiated eight-point agenda that would be the focus of his tenure of office.

Akalonu pledged to take RIMSON to greater heights and ensure that risk management advocacy is sustained, as well as uphold RIMSON’s constitution.

He noted that his team shall be loyal to the RIMSON “family bond” as the rallying point for professional risk managers in Nigeria, providing veritable platforms for continuous risk management education and the regeneration of technical skills and expertise for effective risk management development and practice.

Akalonu said his team shall maintain and sustain RIMSON’s existing affiliation with global risk management bodies such as Membership of International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Association (IFRIMA ) and leverage these affiliations for the development of risk management in Nigeria.

Other things he pledged to give attention include a commitment to the reinforcement and conclusion of an on-going collaboration with the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation towards entrenching risk management culture in all government agencies and parastatals in Nigeria.

Continuously grow the RIMSON Membership and harness its unity of purpose in order to develop stronger liaisons with the respective corporates where our members are actively engaged.

Intensifying efforts toward the establishment of more RIMSON branches in the geopolitical zones of the country following the successful take-off of the Abuja branch.

He said they shall work assiduously towards making RIMSON the hub of Risk Management Development in the West African sub-region by deploying CRMD’s online outreach and growth potentials and shall continually strengthen the research potentials and capabilities of RIMSON and ultimately guarantee more regular risk management reports on major national disasters with suggested mitigants and solutions

“We stand before you committed to the furtherance of the risk management ideals our Body stands for. We pledge our individual and collective resolves to take RIMSON to greater heights and to ensure that the risk management advocacy fire keeps burning bright. Although it is difficult to list all the possibilities ahead of our burning desires to serve, we nevertheless wish to provide the following signposts for the journey we commence today,” he said.

He solicited continuous support of the Society of Fellows, comprising top echelon risk management professionals, stressing that as esteemed custodians of risk management ideals, their support shall remain an invaluable asset as the body marches forward in the ensuing days.

The Chairman, FBNInsurance Limited, Adenrele Kehinde, who was the Chairman of the event, commended RIMSON for choosing Akalonu as its sixth president, stressing that she was optimistic that his tenure would open up new vistas and take the society’s risk management advocacy to an enviable and international standard.


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