EHIME ALEX, Lagos
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown, Prudential Zenith Life Insurance says it is rolling out a range of services to help customers cope with the lockdown.
According to the company in a statement on Tuesday to NATIONAL ACCORD, the new services include a range of additional COVID-19 insurance cover enhancements, which come, without additional premium charges, and a waiver for ‘pandemic’ exclusions as contained in its policy language.
It stated that in line with the recent pronouncement of the federal government, the company will be temporarily locked down, but has set up a dedicated claims team with remote working capabilities, to enable customers make and receive claims virtually.
The statement from the insurance company noted that the claims procedure will be simplified to allow customers make claims through the WhatsApp channel.
“This development makes it possible for customers to buy insurance products without any physical interface with sales personnel or visit to a physical branch,” it said.
The Prudential Africa CEO Matt Lilley, who commented on the changes, was quoted saying, “we realise this is a worrying time for everyone and we want to reassure you that protecting the health and wellness of our customers, employees and partners is our primary concern.
“At Prudential, we have been delivering promises for over 170 years and this time will be no different. I am proud of the measures we are announcing today and I know that they will provide our customers additional peace of mind.”
He added that the waiting periods for new cover have been reduced, and the company is providing additional training and incentives to sales personnel to continue providing advice and access to insurance, even as they work remotely.
Lilley, while encouraging Nigerians to stay safe and adhere to the directives from the Ministry of health, Nigerian centre for disease control (NCDC) and other relevant authorities, said “We are going to get through these trying times together.”
Prudential Zenith Life Insurance was born when Prudential Plc, one of the oldest and most strongly capitalized life insurance companies in the world, acquired a majority stake in Zenith Life Assurance.