12 September 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, is set to introduce three digitalised programmes towards full automation of its critical operations.
According to a document obtained by SweetcrudeReports, the programmes are geared towards enhancing the efficiency of all its regulatory deliverables and to improve recovery of all outstanding revenues due to the government.
DPR listed the programmes as Import and Export, IMPEX permit digitalization designed to automate administrative role of issuing import and export permits of petroleum products.
“It will ensure timely and transparent automation for ease of obtaining permits for importing or exporting petroleum products”.
The second one is the Fiscal payment Administrative System, FISPAS, created to enhance the collection of governance revenue like royalties, concession rentals, flare penalty, etc.
“It will ensure timely, transparent e-billing of companies thereby enhancing government revenue profile”.
The third system is the Smart Inspector which is the electronic monitoring/reporting system of petroleum product retail outlets nationwide.
“It ensures generation of real time and accurate data of retail outlets and has the overall objective of curbing irregularities in the provision of service to customers by retail outlets”.
It will be recalled that in 2014, DPR automated the process of issuing oil and gas industry service permit, OGISP, a statutory requirement issued to Nigerian registered companies seeking to render services in the oil and gas industry and it is categorised into the general, major and specialised forms.
Thereafter, it was followed by the launch of National Production Monitoring System, NPMS designed to receive in real time, oil and gas production data from the fields and enhance transparency of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry alignment with government’s aspiration.
According to the DPR, the programmes when fully rolled out, will among others benefits, improve regulatory services to all stakeholders, promote transparency and effective monitoring of the oil and gas industry, prove the ease of doing business in the oil and gas sector in alignment with governments recently signed executive order 001 and upgrade the DPR’s operational standards to world class levels.