The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate said a total of 50,000 pensioners cutting across the four operational departments and the six geo-political zones have been selected for the pilot phase of the ‘I am Alive’ confirmation platform.
The pilot phase of the project was unveiled on Friday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during PTAD’s Stakeholders’ Forum by the Executive Secretary, Dr Chioma Ejikeme.
Speaking while unveiling the platform in Uyo, Dr Ejikeme, described it as a web-based solution which would enable pensioners to confirm their existence from the comfort of their homes, using either smart phones or computer system.
Ejikeme promised that the scheme would address the challenge pensioners were facing during field verification.
He said, “The new baby we are launching 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 smart phones or computer system.
“We have been used to having field verification where we normally move our pensioners from one point to another to get them know whether they are alive. First of all, what we normally did was to capture our pensioners in our data base to get them verified; and having verified, we have to continue to be sure that they are alive.
“We don’t want to continue to put them through the process of asking them to come to Akwa Ibom or Rivers to 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.
“Fifty thousand 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.”
One of the pensioners, Mr Ntamu Adie, who spoke to our correspondent, described the process as seamless and convenient, urging that it should be replicated in all the zones.