The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has unveiled a software platform tagged “I Am Alive” Confirmation Solution, explaining that it would remove the stress usually experienced by pensioners during verification exercises.
Unveiling the work base, the Executive Secretary, PTAD, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme, explained that the web-based software would enable pensioners to confirm their aliveness from the comfort of their homes, using either a smartphone or a computer system, instead of traveling from one geo-political zone to another.
She said that platform would address the challenge pensioners often encounter during the process of field verification exercises.
“The new baby we are launching today is the “I am Alive” Confirmation Solution. This is a web-based solution that enables pensioners to get their aliveness confirmed from the comfort of their homes, using a smartphone or a computer system.
“We have been used to having field verification where we normally move our pensioners from one point to another to get them to know whether they are alive. First of all what we normally do was to capture our pensioners in our database to get them verified and having verified we have to continue to be sure that they are alive, and we don’t want to continue to put them through the process of asking them to come to Akwa Ibom to Rivers to go and get verified. So, we are now going to make it convenient for them, to be user friendly, something they can do from the comfort of their homes”, she said.
According to her, 50,000 pensioners cutting across the four operational departments and the six geo-political zones, have been selected to participate in this pilot phase of the project.
“On the successful implementation of this pilot phase, we will deploy the application on a full scale at predetermined intervals on a continuous basis for all verified pensioners on the payroll”
She assured pensioners that the “! Am Alive” confirmation solution was designed with pensioners’ utmost welfare in mind leveraging on accuracy, reliability, user-friendliness, and convenience adding that the era of bringing out aged pensioners for field verification is over.
She also said that pensioners’ “BVN, ATM Card details, and ATM Card PIN are not required” for the confirmation process.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the unveiling of the programme, the deputy chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Pensioners Hon. Bamidele Sallam commended the initiative of the PTAD in addressing the challenges of the Pensioners.
He said ” I think the “I am Alive” confirmation solution is one of the best things to have come. The project is very easy to approach, we don’t need lot of stress; it a comfortable self-project where we will do it without any stress. I thank PTAD for this ideal.
“Personally, I think it is a gladened experience for us to be moving further in the introduction of technology to various aspects of our national life and especially this that has to do with our senior citizens,” he said.
One of the Pensioners who spoke with our correspondent Mr. Ntamu Adie, described the process as seamless and convenient and advised that it should be replicated in all the zones.
“The process is seamless and convenient and if we can replicate it at the various levels of pension offices in the nation it would save the stress pensioners face going across the country for verification. So, I commend PTAD for this creative reformation that will solve a lot of problems. I just pray it works and the Nigerian factor does not affect the process,” he said.