The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate has begun a digital verification programme to fish out ghost and dead government pensioners under the directorate.
Unveiling the ‘I’m Alive’ Confirmation Solution on Friday in Abuja, the directorate noted that the verification exercise would begin with the Police Directorate from April 14 to October 13, 2023.
The technology solution is an online platform designed to enable pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme to easily confirm they are still alive from the comfort of their homes or neighbourhood, using a smartphone or a computer system.
During the unveiling, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, said that the technology would reduce the cost and stress of the old field verification method.
She said, “Continuing with periodic field verifications to ascertain the aliveness of our pensioners is not only expensive both for the pensioners and government but is also a stressful exercise for our senior citizens. Looking for a solution that would eliminate field verifications became imperative and gave birth to the I Am Alive Confirmation Solution.
“We wish to use this opportunity to assure our esteemed pensioners that the ‘I Am Alive’ Confirmation Solution has been designed with their utmost welfare in mind, leveraging on accuracy, reliability, user-friendliness and convenience. PTAD has over the years promised that the era of bringing out our aged pensioners for field verification is over, and we are standing by this promise.”