*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
PTAD Boss has reassured pensioners of adequate welfare.
9Janewshub.com.ng reports that Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) In it’s efforts to make life more easier for the pensioners across all the geo political zones of the country, has introduced a mobile application known as “I Am Alive Confirmation App”.
PTAD also added to the numbers of its offices with the establishment of Ibadan Zonal office. In her address at the opening of the two day Interactive Pensioners Stakeholders Forum held at Jogor Event Center Ibadan, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr. Chioma Ejikeme promised pensioners across the country a better welfarism, stressing that “I Am Alive Confirmation App need no BVN, account details for successful operation.
***Pic 1 shows: Executive Secretary, Pension Transactional Arrangement Directorate(PTAD), Dr Chioma Ejikeme (2nd R); eating with the Pensioners at the South West Pensioners Stakeholder Engagement Forum organised by Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate in Ibadan
Pic 2: Shows Executive Secretary, Pension Transactional Arrangement Directorate(PTAD), Dr Chioma Ejikeme; Cutting the tape to inaugurate PTAD office in Ibadan with Pensioners at the South West Pensioners Stakeholder Engagement Forum organised by Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate in Ibadan……
She said, “I Am Alive Confirmation App was created to reduce the stress of our pensioners who will need to travel to Lagos from their various homes for a verification exercise, but with this app they can do it with the help of their children either on their phones or their computers and they can go to cyber cafe, all what they need is their Pensions Identification number and their photograph only.
The participants (Pensioners) at the forum could not hide their feelings as they all went homes with smiles on their faces due to the care and attention they received from the PTAD officials who were on ground to assist them on whatever issues bothering their minds.
Ejikeme said, “we have organised this two-day Stakeholders’ Forum which to keep our esteemed stakeholders informed of what we have done, what we are doing, and the next steps we intend to take as we work hard to ensure that the welfare of our Pensioners is sustained.
“Despite the lockdown, PTAD continued to pay monthly pensions promptly, resolve complaints, cleared accrued arrears, paid death benefits to some Next-Of-Kin and one-off payments of some Defunct Agencies such as the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON), as well as Ex-workers of Savannah Sugar Company who have submitted themselves for verification.”
“Most recently, on the 14th of December, 2021, PTAD completed the payment of all outstanding inherited liabilities due to Ex-workers of two of the Defunct Agencies; namely Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation (total 126 months of inherited liabilities completely liquidated). New Nigeria Newspaper Limited (total 219 months of inherited liabilities completely liquidated).”
“We also settled a significant portion of the outstanding inherited liabilities due to Ex-workers of another three (3) of the Defunct Agencies:- NICON Insurance, Delta Steel Company Limited and NITEL/MTEL. Also in December 2021 we implemented the approved 9.7% Pension Increment for Pensioners of the Defunct PHCN.”
“This Increment took effect from June 2016. The accrued arrears were paid along with the 6months balance of the arrears as a result of the consequential adjustment to pensions.
The total amount paid to this sector was N6.9B, In the year 2020, I declared a state of Emergency in the Civil Service Pensions Department and approved the commencement of an expanded re-validation and re-computation exercise in a bid to on-board verified Pensioners not on payroll, clear all outstanding pension arrears and resolve all complaints of short payments and outstanding gratuities for the Civil Service Pensioners and their Next of Kin (NoK). At the end of the project, the Directorate was able to review, compute, re-compute and pay over Seven Billion Naira (N7B) to over Twenty-Four Thousand (24,000) Pensioners.”
“This computation exercise has been ongoing leading to the computation of a total of 25,950 files so far with total payment to date at N8.1B. The post verification validation for the Parastatal Pension Department is ongoing. Over 21,000 unverified Pensioners were dropped from the payroll in October 2020. So far, 4,069 of the October dropped have been verified, restored to the payroll with the attendant arrears paid. ”
“The on-boarding of verified and not on payroll Pensioners is ongoing. So far 358 verified, not on payroll Parastatals Pensioners have been brought on board. Ejikeme said.
Dr. Ejikeme speaking about the Some of the accrued and inherited arrears that has been paid by the Directorate noted that PTAD has cleared the 33% increment arrears owed Pensioners in the Parastatals Pension Department in December 2019.
“Completion of the one-off payment to Six Hundred and Three (603) verified ex-workers of the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON).”
“PTAD also completely made a one-off payment to Six Hundred and Twenty (620) Ex-workers of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO).”
“Added Ex-workers of Assurance Bank to the payroll and paid their arrears. Paid part of the arrears owed ex-workers of NITEL/MTEL and some Next-Of-Kin.”
“We have completed the payment of arrears accrued as a result of the consequential adjustment to pension as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to three out of the four operational departments. The Civil service pensioners have three months of arrears left and we will clear that very soon.” Dr. Ejikeme said.
Speaking about the newly commissioned office in Ibadan, Ejikeme commend Governor Makinde for providing an office space for the pensioners within the state Secretary with equipment of the state of the art equipment for ease of doing things for the pensioners. She noted that efforts are ongoing to open another office in Ondo to ease the stress of pensioners in the zones who always travelled from their various destinations to Lagos for verification exercises among others.
The creation of Ibadan Zonal office is in line with the request made by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners South West Council Public Relations Officer, Comrade Olusegun Abatan that two additional offices be created in Ibadan and Akure to ease the stress of pensioners in the zones.