The National Insurance Commission (NIC) has launched a nationwide insurance literacy programme and training for personnel of the Ghana Prisons Service.
Dr Justice Yaw Ofori, the Commissioner of Insurance and CEO of NIC, at the launch held at the Ghana Prisons Headquarters in Accra, indicated that under the annual training programme, all the 2000 prisons personnel who have been recruited into the Service will be trained on the basics and importance of insurance.
Dr Ofori revealed that the first of the maiden training for the prisons personnel will be held between 7th to 9th March, 2022, at the Ghana Prisons Training School in Accra, under which 250 Prisons Cadet Officers and Recruits will undergo a two-day insurance training.
The Commissioner observed that though the NIC first started an insurance literacy programme and training for personnel of the security agencies in the country back in October, 2020, “it is now the turn of the Ghana Prisons Service for the training and we are glad to be here to launch the programme.”
The General Objective of the Programme
According to Dr Ofori, the broad objective of the programme is to create insurance awareness and provide an avenue to develop the interest of the youth in the career of insurance.
“Providing insurance education for Cadet Officers and Recruits of the Ghana Prisons Service is one of the major steps the NIC is taking to ensure that insurance literacy reaches every nook and cranny of the country”.Dr Justice Yaw Ofori
Dr Ofori noted that the beneficiaries of the programme would be taken through the basics and rudiments as well as the benefits of insurance.
The Commissioner of the National Insurance Commission postulated that prisons personnel went through a lot of risks and it was important they were taken through the training for them to appreciate the importance of insurance.
In his address, the Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Isaac Kofi Egyir, noted that the NIC some few months ago, approached the Ghana Prisons Service to provide insurance training for personnel of the service.
“This advocacy drive is highly welcomed not only at a time when insurance has become a part of every aspect of our lives but also during a period when we have a large number of new entrants into the service.”Isaac Kofi Egyir
The Director-General stressed that an “Informed appreciation of insurance will help, to a large extent, every prison officer to mitigate the effects of some of the life mishaps. Working with such information, we believe, will benefit not only officer but their families and the people they supervise.”
Mr Egyir moreover, stated that certificates would be given to all the beneficiaries of the training programme after taking a short test.
The Director-General commended the efforts of the NIC to educate prisons personnel on the essence of insurance and said “the Ghana Prisons Service look forward for more such collaborations.”
The Director of the Ghana Insurance College, Mr Richard Okyere also noted that the beneficiaries would be taken through the basics of insurance, importance of insurance and the types of insurance.