PTAD launches “I Am Alive” software, to register 50,000 pensioners



PTAD launches “I Am Alive” software, to register 50,000 pensioners

By a kindness of Musa / Iwezua The Directorate of Transitional Arrangements for Pensions (PTAD) on Tuesday launched the “I’m Alive” software designed to allow retirees to easily confirm their life from the comfort of their own homes, using a smartphone or computer system.

PTAD Executive Secretary Dr Chioma Ejikeme at a press conference for the launch of the software said management has decided to roll out the app starting with 50,000 retirees in the pilot phase.

Ejikeme said the 50,000 retirees selected will cross the country’s four operational departments and six geopolitical zones.

She said those eligible for the project must be under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) and must have been verified by PTAD before.

“The management decided to deploy the application in phases, starting with 50,000 retirees spread over the four operational departments and the six geopolitical zones, selected to participate in this pilot phase.

“The exercises cut across all operational departments of the directorate, namely: the Civil Service Pensions Department, the Police Pensions Department, the Customs, Immigration and Prison Pensions Department, and finally, the Parastatal Pensions Department, ”Ejikeme said.

She said the request will take the retiree through a three-step confirmation process that ends with an SMS response and the confirmation process consists of three segments.

“Identify, photograph and perform vitality validation by moving your face to follow the moving object on the screen,” Ejikeme said.

The executive secretary said that if the implementation of this pilot phase is successful, management will roll out the application on a large scale at predetermined intervals on an ongoing basis for all retirees verified on the payroll.

“Please note that retirees who are part of this pilot phase have been notified by PTAD via SMS and that retirees who have not received the SMS should note that they are not part of the pilot phase and would not be in able to access the platform to confirm their vitality at this time.

“All retirees will be duly informed when the application is deployed on a large scale and becomes available to all retirees.

“Rest assured that no one can tamper with the payment of your pension through the ‘I Am Alive’ platform,” she said.

Ejikeme reassured retirees and their families that PTAD will continue to clear all accumulated arrears, while ensuring that monthly pensions are paid promptly.

She also pointed out that retirees’ BVN, ATM card details and ATM card PIN were not required for the confirmation process saying “we warn our retirees to beware of fraudsters.”

Ejikeme said PTAD had already embarked on a massive verification exercise that took place between 2014 and 2019 in all geopolitical areas of the country.

She said the purpose of the verification exercises was to determine which retirees were eligible for DBS, to enroll eligible retirees who had not so far been on the management payroll, while promptly eliminating non qualified.

“The field verification was extremely successful and beneficial to PTAD operations, resulting in a comprehensive and reliable database, which facilitates the process of budget preparation, accurate pension payments and determination of unpaid pension commitments.

“A major gain from the audit exercise was the reduction in executive payroll by almost 18 percent, which equates to approximately 50,000 retirees following the removal of ineligible retirees from payroll.

“More than 20,000 eligible retirees who had not yet been paid were enrolled, 18,046 retirees including former workers from defunct and privatized agencies who had not previously been considered for retirement were also registered.

“312 war-affected police officers granted amnesties in 2000 were paid their arrears and put on our payroll,” said the executive secretary.

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