By Nnamdi Duru
Risks managers in the country under the auspices of the Risk and Insurance Managers’ Society of Nigeria (RIMSON) have indicated their readiness to find ways of improving the growing security risks across the country.
The issue, according to the society, would mark the highpoint of the 2012 Annual Conference of the professional body holding in Abeokuta, Ogun State next month.
The President of RIMSON, Mrs. Efiom-Ekaha made this known in a statement in Lagos recently, adding that g risk managers who are worried about the rising insecurity in the country would be evolving solutions to the menace of degenerating security situation in the country.
She said the society would provide a platform that would usher quality discourse on the way out of the present situation at the conference.
According to her, the society was concerned about increasing security risk in many parts of the country with heavy negative effects on businesses and societal peace.
“In the last few years, many lives have been lost, business offices closed down following incidences of natural disasters including flood and storm destroying properties worth millions of naira. Much more worrisome, is the growing incidence of the activities of Boko-Haram in Northern parts of the country, bringing instability in the nation’s polity.
“RIMSON, given its key responsibility as an association of corporate bodies dedicated to the advancement of risk awareness in Nigeria, believes that a lot can be done to equip risk managers in organisations and within government circles, to institute measures that would help prevent or reduce the impacts of this ugly demon in the environment,” she stated.
Efiom-Ekaha who reflected on the theme of the conference, “New Perspectives in Security Risk Management”, said it was carefully selected in view of the urgent need to address the pressing issues of safety and security and their implications for personal and corporate business survival in the country.
According to her, the conference would provide a veritable platform for intellectual discourse by experts as well as proffer practical solutions that will ensure that organisations stay ahead in the quest for value creation for stakeholders amid heightened security risks in the business environment.
Also, the Executive Secretary of the society, Mr. Maria Samali assured that the forum would look at issues including terrorism, emergency response and crisis management, implications for social and economic survival as well as issues bordering on terrorism insurance in the country.
The annual conference is a major event of RIMSON, during which risk and insurance practitioners from across the country assemble to examine topical issues and contribute to the discourse on issues of national and professional interest.