The Creative Industry Group (CIG) says it has launched a health and life insurance packages aimed at lifting the burden off the shoulders of its members in distress at old age.
Its President, Felix Duke, said the packages, entitled: “CIG We-Kit” was in partnership with the Capital Express Assurance and Hallmark Health Services.
“The initiative is to meet the needs of people in the creative industry. We often see people, entertainers, begging for assistance on social media when in need.
“We often heard of deaths of our members, and I know how some members run around when in need. That’s what gave birth to this wonderful idea.
“The insurance gives money to any bereaved member, being taking care of when sick, giving allowance and even support to family when death occurs.
“We brought this idea so that our members can be covered in all areas for a whole year with just N25, 000.
“This package is, however, open to all members of the creative industry. You have to be a member to be taken into our database which avails you all these benefits,” he said.
Also, the CIG Director of Strategy, Mr Emeka Ossai, said: “The CIG is not an association or guild and we are not in competition with any. We only work together to grow the entertainment and creative industry.
“We ensure that we create awareness for people to be properly oriented to do their jobs in a way that it benefits them and the society at large.
“Sometimes, we are faced with embarrassing moments, when an artiste dies or is ill and there is no fund to take care of them.
“This sometimes happen probably because of improper planning, that is why we are setting up this package to effect and affect those left out in the creative industry.
“This is health/life package designed to positively affect professionals, their practice and welfare,” he said.
Also, Mr Babatunde Osunde, a representative of Capital Express Assurance, also a partner, said the CIG We-Kit was set up to make sure the health, wealth and the good of every member of CIG was protected.
“Look at the issue of Majek Fashek, bringing his body home shouldn’t be a problem, if we have a solid body. This is why we are standing with CIG to sign an MOU to protect all members of CIG in the country.
“This is one of the reasons why LSFVCB is in partnership with the group.
“We appreciate their commitments and align with their objectives; that is why we are here to identify and support the group for this great initiative,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)