The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has developed a contacts-tracing application for immediate deployment across all NNPC locations in Nigeria.
Speaking at the app launch in Abuja on Thursday, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, quoted the corporation’s Group General Manager, Information Technology Division (ITD), Danladi Inuwa, as saying that “the novel app is part of the NNPC’s sectoral contribution to curb the spread of the pandemic within its formations and Ministries, departments and agencies of government.”
He added that developing the app is “in line with the Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda of the present Leadership of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and the commitment to continually deploy Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the purposes of operational efficiency and accountability within the corporation’s system.”
“The Contacts-Tracing Solution is ready to be deployed, all the technical testing have been done and the solution is ready to go live”, Inuwa said.
“Everywhere you go around NNPC locations would be covered by this novel application which would reveal all information about persons visiting any official and should there be any medical challenge, the NNPC Medical would be able to track from the information at the data base all the contacts and advise properly,” Inuwa added.
He said the application could also be used by members of staff of the corporation to document their private visitors at their homes, stressing that the novel application would enable the workforce to adjust adequately to the ‘new normal’ way of living to minimize the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile the coporation has also launched “Customer Express”, to enable marketers register, validate and revalidate their Bulk Purchase Agreements online within a week.
Inuwa said the platform was developed in order to “minimize human contacts in business transactions at the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a Downstream subsidiary of NNPC, in the face of COVID-19.”