Nigeria launches mobile platform to check insurance certificates.

Nigeria Insurance Association (NIA) has launched the * 565 * 11 # service accessible from any mobile phone. From the Nigerian Insurance Industry Database (NIID), the code enables policyholders to check the authenticity of their insurance certificates namely motor ones.

According to Tope Smart, president of NIA, the objective of this initiative is to combat insurance fraud by limiting the circulation of fake insurance certificates all over the country.

As a reminder, the NIID platform has been operational in Nigeria since 2011. Its creation was considered as an important step in the fight against insurance fraud. It currently counts more than three million registered vehicles. The platform has been improved since its inception to include stolen vehicles and claims reports.

However, access to the database was limited in areas with low internet coverage, hence the introduction of the code USSD * 565 * 11 # which will henceforth allow easy access regardless of Internet connection.

Ishmael Kodjoe

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