Afrimoney, SLIA partner on premium insurance payments

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By Ishmael Dumbuya

As it continues to expand its digital and financial inclusion in Sierra Leone, Afrimoney and the Sierra Leone Insurance Association (SLIA), have struck a partnership deal aimed at making premium insurance payments using Afrimoney.

The partnership took place on Friday May 17 at Africell Headquarters on Wilberforce, Freetown.

Expressing delight at the partnership, Afrimoney Director, Martinson Obeng- Aygei, noted that Africell is very much passionate about digitalizing the country and it’s a move they are poised towards.

The director underscored that vehicle owners can now make their premium insurance payments using Afrimoney at a much easy and comfortable manner, adding that vehicle owners, passengers and the police can now check if a particular vehicle is insured or not by dialing *929# using Africell.

He indicated that the world has moved on with regard digital technology and Sierra Leone should not lag behind.

Raymond Macauley, President, Sierra Leone Insurance Association stated that the idea of paying premium insurance payments through Afrimoney will not only ease the payment process but also help enhance digital expansion in the country.

He emphasized that for a long time vehicle owners have failed to properly insure their vehicles and resorted to using fake insurance stickers on their vehicles. He mentioned that with Africell providing short code for vehicle insurance verification, this will change insurance dynamic in the country.

Commissioner Sierra Leone Insurance Company (SLICOM), Arthur Yaski, applauded Africell for revolutionizing the insurance digitally, adding that vehicle owners have a minimal chance now to evade premium insurance payments.

The commissioner stressed that with the *929#, police, passengers can now check the insurance status of any vehicle plying the streets of Freetown at a much easier pace.

He noted that there are a lot of vehicles in the country that are uninsured or not properly insured.

Alfred Lavalie, Afrimoney Corporate Manager, underscored that this move is geared towards enhancing financial inclusion wherein everyone can access financial services at the comfort of their homes.

He furthered that Africell is poised to ensure that the country goes digital and no one is left behind.

The Sierra Leone Insurance Association comprises of RITCORP, Activa, AIC, Marine and General Insurance, SLICOM, Transworld, SLICO, NIC, STACO, Capital Express, and IIC.

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