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WAPIC drives customers relation with ombudsman desk

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Executive Director, Technical, Wapic Insurance Plc, Peter Ehimhen (left); Managing Director (Designate), Wapic Life Assurance Limited, Ayodeji Bankole-Olusina, Managing Director/CEO, Wapic Insurance Plc, Yinka Adekoya; Executive Director, Wapic Insurance Plc, Bode Ojeniyi, and Chief Internal Auditor, Wapic Insurance Plc, Sunny Ogbemudia, at the launch of Wapic Insurance Ombudsman Desk in Lagos at the weekend 

Wapic Insurance Plc has established ombudsman desk that would investigate and mediate fair settlement of commercial disputes between the company and its customers across the country, in a move to sustain customer relations.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mrs. Yinka Adekoya, at the launch, said the ombudsman desk will be engaging the parties, with a view to resolving the dispute and improve customer experience.

According to her, while the notion of having an ombudsman desk is not new in the Western-developed societies and some parts of Africa, including Nigeria, this is first time an insurance company will launch its own unit.

“It is a feat for us as an organisation and this also buttresses our vision, which is to transform and illuminate the insurance industry for the benefit of our customers and stakeholders, as well as our mission, which is leading in all that is worthy,” she posited.

Adekoya added that the desk was launched to inform the company’s customers of the best medium to channel their disputes and build confidence in existing and prospective customers on the firm’s services and ability to handle their expectations.

“Our customers should know that we are continuously transparent in our business operations. Our goal is to continue to strengthen business relationships,” she added.

She said the desk is independent, hence, its resolutions cannot be manipulated, noting that the desk reports to the management and board and that it has been empowered to handle all claims related cases, irrespective of the amount involved.

An Executive Director, Bode Ojeniyi, said the pilot scheme of the initiative started in 2018 and since then, more than 57 cases have been resolved amicably.

He highlighted the benefits of the desk to include, speedy resolution of customers complaints; strengthening business relationship with customers after resolution of disputes; serves as a channel of feedback; identification of potential risks and problems areas in business relationship with customers and advise accordingly; and minimise risk of lawsuits against the company, among others.


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