SICLife, one of Ghana’s leading life insurance companies, visited Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) at Kokomlemle and donated blood to the National Blood Bank last week. It is part of the National Insurance Commission’s initiative to inculcate insurance into the minds of students during their youthful ages in the country’s schools.
The SICLife team was led by Albert Wilson, Head-Corporate Service Department.
Speaking at the official donation ceremony, he said NIC has started deepening connectivity between the Insurance industry and tertiary institutions as well as pre-tertiary, so that students will be abreast with the subject of insurance.
Mr. Wilson intimated that prior to this time, the Insurance industry launched this blood donation event at the National Insurance Commission’s premises and visited some schools in order to donate blood to the National Blood Bank as part of the industry’s corporate social responsibility programmes.
“Our main aim is to support citizens who lack and may visit the blood bank for support in particular, since we are in the Life Insurance Business. About 80 students came to the ATTC campus to voluntarily donate.
“Our expectation was 100 students, but we had only about 80 who came in to donate; we missed our target due to the strike action by teachers that was ongoing last week.”
Albert also indicated that: “Part of our aim as an Insurance industry is to increase insurance penetration as a percentage of GDP as it’s now less than 2%; hence, the industry is carrying insurance to schools to create awareness.
“If we as an industry roll-out successful insurance products, replicating something similar across the nation through the schools, there will be an increase of parents’ confidence in insurance sector.
“Our aim is to pay out insurance claims in the shortest possible time; and when insurance is called on, it is there to support you. This is particularly true for children, which will make a case for insurance products through the parents.
“It is also important for us to collaborate with the regulator to donate blood as we, SICLife, are doing today.”