The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, on Tuesday launched “I Am Alive” software designed to enable pensioners easily confirm their aliveness from the comfort of their homes, using either a smartphone or a computer system.
The PTAD Executive Secretary, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, at a press conference to launch the software said that the directorate decided to deploy the application starting with 50,000 pensioners in the pilot phase.
Mrs Ejikeme said that the 50,000 selected pensioners would cut across the four operational departments and the six geo-political zones of the country.
She said that people eligible for the project must be under Defined Benefit Scheme, DBS, and must have been verified by PTAD before.
“The directorate has decided to deploy the application in phases, starting with 50,000 pensioners cut across the four operational departments and the six geo-political zones, selected to participate in this pilot phase.
“The exercises cut across all the operational departments of the directorate, namely: the Civil Service Pension Department, the Police Pension Department, the Customs, Immigration and Prisons Pension Department, and finally, the Parastatals Pension Department,” Mrs Ejikeme said.
She said that the application would take the pensioner through a three-step confirmation process that ends with a text message response and the confirmation process consists of three segments.
“Identification process, photography and perform the aliveness validation by moving your face to follow the moving object on the screen,” Mrs Ejikeme said.
The executive secretary said that on the successful implementation of this pilot phase, the directorate would deploy the application on a full scale at predetermined intervals on a continuous basis for all verified pensioners on the payroll.
“Kindly be informed that pensioners who are part of this pilot phase have been notified by PTAD via SMS and pensioners who did not receive the SMS should kindly note that they are not part of the pilot phase and would not be able to gain access to the platform to confirm their aliveness at this time.
“All Pensioners will be duly informed when the application is deployed on a full scale and is available for all pensioners.
“Be rest assured that nobody can tamper with your pension payment through the “I Am Alive” platform,” she said.