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Technological Glitches Responsible For Non-Payment Of Pension – PTAD

Technological Glitches Responsible For Non-Payment Of Pension – PTAD

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) on Thursday said technological glitches are responsible for the non-payment of pension to retired federal civil servants in Lagos.

Executive Secretary of PTAD, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily said her agency was working on resolving the delayed payments.

A Lagos state secretary of the National Union of Pensioners, Abiodun Michael, had lamented that some pensioners were being owed up to nine months.

“Most of these people, their money go into medicals,” he said. “They are dying everyday. In a week, you will get four to five obituaries.”

But Dr Ejikeme was insistent that it wasn’t the fault of PTAD, but the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

‘Pockets of complaints’

“We send for reports from GIFMIS (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) to get the payments that have been made,” Dr Ejikeme said on Thursday. “Sometimes it takes a week, sometimes more.

“So we have that lag in communication as to whether the payments we made failed or not. And when we have such a situation, when the pensioner complains, we ask them to send us their statement of accounts, so that we can confirm that that payment didn’t go through.

“If he (Abiodun Michael) says 18,000 pensioners have not been paid, it means that PTAD has a bias for Lagos state pensioners. Why is it that the other pensioners from other states all over the federation are not making the same complaints?

“These are pockets of complaints and we are addressing them. This is a system, it’s technology, there’s nothing we can do about it.

“I have apologised to the pensioners about the three month arrears. We try to explain technology to our pensioners, but they don’t seem to understand.

“We are very happy to have EFCC and ICPC come look into what we are doing.

“It is not within our domain. It is within the domain of the GIFMIS platform. It is within the domain of the technology that is domiciled within the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.”

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Elon Musk Says Apple Threatening To Remove Twitter From Playstore

Owner  and chief executive officer of Twitter, Elon Musk has accused Apple of threatening to remove the microblogging app from its Store.

Musk disclosed this via a tweet on Monday evening.

His allegation comes amid social media discussions on the possibility of Apple and Google kicking off Twitter from their app stores over content moderation issues.

“Apple has also threatened to withhold Twitter from its App Store, but won’t tell us why,” the tweet reads.

Musk also replied “yes” to a user question on whether Apple was threatening Twitter’s presence in the App Store or making moderation demands.

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Chinese Tech Giant, Huawei, Joins Global Digital Coalition

Chinese tech giant Huawei has joined the Partner2Connect (P2C) digital coalition of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), company chairman, Liang Hua, said on Wednesday.

At the 2022 Sustainability Forum, Hua stated that Huawei is committed to connecting 120 million people in distant locations to the digital world by 2025.

The seminar looked at how advancements in information and communications technology might unlock economic and social value in the digital economy.

The event explored how innovation in information and communications technology could unleash business and social value in the era of the digital economy.

“It is clear connectivity alone is not enough. It must be affordable.

“The content must be relevant and in the local language, and users must have the skills to make best use of it,” said ITU Deputy Secretary-General, Malcolm Johnson, who expressed appreciation for Huawei’s support of the P2C digital coalition.

Cao Ming, president of Huawei Wireless Solution, stated that the company has been constantly upgrading the RuralStar and RuralLink products in order to provide quality coverage to remote locations.

More than 60 million individuals in distant locations in over 70 countries have been connected by RuralStar series systems.

However, Huawei said it would also work with government departments and universities in Cambodia, the first P2C partner country of the ITU, to provide 10,000 training opportunities for professionals in the next five years.

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Ericsson To Invest In 6G Network Research In Britain

Ericsson (ERICb.ST), a network equipment maker said that it will invest millions of pounds in 6G mobile research in the United Kingdom, collaborating with universities on hardware security, AI and cognitive networks, and quantum computing.

The Swedish company, which supplies 5G equipment to all four British mobile networks, said the 10-year effort would help to push development of next-generation 6G networks, which are scheduled to bec commercially operational around 2030.

According to Katherine Ainley, CEO of Ericsson UK and Ireland, British universities are conducting world-class research in some of the technologies that will power next-generation networks.

“We will establish a team of 20 experienced researchers here in the UK and we will also look to sponsor students as well,” she said. “Our initial focus will be 6G networking and hardware security.”

The new group will complement Ericsson’s 17 existing research sites in 12 countries, she said.

She mentioned Surrey, Bristol, and Manchester as potential partner universities, adding that it normally takes 8-10 years from involvement with researchers to the development of commercial technologies.

The British government, which has been scrambling to secure financing for scientific research following Brexit, called Ericsson’s investment a “major vote of confidence” in the country’s telecoms sector, adding that it will shortly publish a policy on 6G technology.


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