The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD has unveiled an online application named “I’m alive” to enable pensioners keep track of activities of the agency.
The Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme at the unveiling in Kano State during a two-day Stakeholders’ Forum says the App was also developed to acquaint pensioners with the necessary knowledge of how to key into the online ‘I’m alive’ Application.
“The minute a Pensioner dies he stops receiving pension, so the only way we can verify if a Pensioner is alive or not, is only through this verification .we don’t want to continue to stress our pensioners to come along all the time for verification, that’s why we introduced the technology format, so that our senior citizens can be verified from the comfort of their rooms “
The Executive Secretary noted that despite the Challenges PTAD continued to pay monthly pensions promptly, resolve complaints, and clear the accrued arrears, death benefits to some Next-Of-Kin and one-off payments of some defunct agencies such as the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), Ex-workers of Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), as well as some pensioners of NITEL/MTEL.
She maintained that the agency has also expanded the frontiers of its collaboration with stakeholders including the National Assembly, the newly-established National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, The Military Pensions Board, PENCOM, and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, towards ensuring that optimal services were delivered to pensioners.
“Following the increment made to salaries of some Federal Government employees in 2019 as a result of the review of the National Minimum Wage, a committee was set up by the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to review the pension and come up with an appropriate and realistic measure to increase the amount paid as pension to pensioners under the Defined Benefit Scheme. In May 2021, we got approval from Mr President for the implementation of the upward review and we commenced payment immediately”
“We have successfully paid (18) out of the twenty-four (24) months’ accrued arrears from the consequential adjustment across all the operational departments. We plan to pay the remaining six months before the end of the year”
Dr Chioma Ejikeme Noted that PTAD had embarked on a Mop-up verification across the six geopolitical zones.
” South-South, where we had centres in Benin and Uyo, North-West in Kaduna and Sokoto, South-East in Enugu and Umuahia, North- East in Yola and Maiduguri, South – West in Ibadan and Akure, and Lagos state. We intend to visit other geopolitical zones in due course and ensure that all eligible pensioners are duly captured and placed on our payroll”
Reporting by Abdullahi jalaluddeen, editing by Daniel Adejo