The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday said the much-awaited Health Insurance Scheme of the state would commence in early 2017. He expressed the government’s readiness to partner with key players in the sector to use insurance to grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Lagos. Speaking at the commissioning of the new WAPIC Insurance Corporate Head Office on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Mr. Ambode said there was no question about the strategic importance of insurance to any economy, saying that his administration was open to policies and initiatives that would make the sector to thrive in the State. “The insurance business is here to stay and I want to also say that I give our government’s commitment to allow this sector to grow,” said Mr. Ambode. “I will like to partner and also learn how we can grow the GDP of Lagos through your industry. On our part, we know very clearly that early next year,
we are going to start our Health Insurance Scheme and I just think that the drivers are the majority of the people who are seated here and it is important that we partner together and also learn together.” While challenging the key drivers of the insurance sector to come up with draft bill that would accelerate insurance business in Lagos, Mr. Ambode said he was open to initiatives that would make the sector grow and contribute positively to the growth of the State.