Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, flanked by the President of PILA, Mrs. Olufemi Ogun
By Nnamdi Duru
The umbrella organisation for women in the insurance profession, Professional Insurance Ladies Association (PILA) said it would soon create an elite club for its aged and retired members, even as it collaborates with international women organisation to boost its international recognition.
The President of PILA, Mrs. Olufemi Ogun gave this assurance in her acceptance speech during her investiture as the 9th President of the institute in Lagos recently.
According to her, the institute would serve as a bridge between the old and new generation of insurance women in the country.
“In order to keep aglow the interest of the older generation of practitioners and current members of PILA, I intend under my administration to invent the Elders’ Club. This would be a platform of professional and social interaction amongst the older generation of PILA on the one hand and serve as a medium f interaction with the younger generation on the other hand.
“Also, the club will be a formidable lobby group for the association and would sometimes double as think thank for the association non certain crucial issues,” she said.
Ogun noted that operation in a changing global environment requires that organisations, including PILA to give its members to international exposure.
“I shall accord priority attention to effective international collaborations, especially with notable international women societies such as the American International Women’s Associations, Association of International Women, Organisation of International Women and other related bodies for international exposure and value for our members.
“This step would definitely go with periodic rising of funds and appeal for support from these international bodies... This, notwithstanding, we are already in touch with other women societies in Nigeria,” Ogun said.
According to her, PILA in the next two years would embark on aggressive mentorship, recruitment and empowerment of more insurance women in the country by identifying all the constituents where this would be possible and pursue the agenda with an unrelenting vigour.
“We would have occasions where we shall approach schools to encourage and mentor insurance women of tomorrow. Some of us are what we are today by the
Grace of God and the mentorship we received at some points in our lives. We shall not allow the chain to be broken,” she promised.
While sustaining projects initiated by her predecessors in office, Ogun said the institute would also create a welfare committee to look into issues of welfare of members on a regular basis and with this medium, give a human face to the activities of PILA.
She also said the institute would host merit award ceremonies annually to honour deserving women, serve as encouragement to other women and serve as a platform for networking between its members and other women professionals outside the industry.
Ogun further assured that her administration would sustain the quarterly publication of its newsletter, the PILA News which first edition is still in circulation.
Established 39 years ago, with the objective of promoting forthright insurance ladies in Nigeria, PILA was said to have turned its perceived obstacles into stepping stones for success.