By Ebere Nwoji
The Lagos State government has directed all its ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) affected by the lootings and wanton destructions which arose from the recent civil unrest in the state to contact the appropriate insurance department with necessary documents for claims settlement.
The state stated that contacting the insurance firms would enable loss adjusters conduct assessment on the losses so that the insurance companies could commence claims payment.
The government stated this in a circular titled: ‘Processing of indemnity for state property damaged in the course of the recent civil unrest,’ issued to its MDAs, signed by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
According to the circular, the state government, had insurance covers for the states’ assets before the lootings and destruction of the state’s assets.
Part of the statement read, “Sequel to the recent unrest in the state which resulted in the reckless damage to some properties, items, and valuables of government, the insurance department of the Ministry of Finance is collating the list of all properties, items and valuables, of affected MDAs, so as to obtain indemnity from insurance companies.
“This is possible because the state government had proactively insured state assets as part of its risk management measures.”
Recently, while counting its losses, the LASG disclosed that 80 Rapid Transit vehicles were burnt by hoodlums in Oyingbo and Ojodu Berger during the violence that erupted from the protests.
It disclosed that 27 of the BRT vehicles cost $200,000 and 57 of them cost $100,000, totalling about N3.9 billion.
The Lagos State Police Command had also disclosed that a total of 25 police stations were attacked and razed by hoodlums.
The LASG in the circular notified that the insurance value-chain consisting of the insured, underwriter, insurance brokers, loss adjusters, and other appointed consultants would be inspecting the affected premises to carry out on-the-spot assessment of the facilities.
It directed all MDAs to send the list of all affected properties, items and other valuables, and also submit hard copies to the insurance department, Ministry of Finance