The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has unveiled a technology application to facilitate tracing contacts of people infected with coronavirus in all its location across the country.
This was made known by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru on Wednesday June 3, 2020.
According to him, the idea was in line with the Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda of the present leadership of the corporation.
Onateru quoted the corporation’s Group General Manager, Information Technology Division (ITD), Danladi Inuwa, as saying that the novel app was part of the NNPC’s sectoral contribution to curbing the spread of the pandemic within its formations, ministries, departments, and agencies of the government.
“The contacts tracing solution is ready for deployment and all the technical testing had been done and the solution ready to go live. NNPC’s locations would be covered by the novel application, which would reveal all information about persons visiting any official.
“And should there be any medical challenges, the NNPC Medical Team would be able to track all contacts from the information at the database and advise properly,” the statement added.
He explained that members of staff would use the new application to document their private visitors in their homes, stressing that it would enable the workforce to adjust adequately to the ‘new normal’ way of living to minimise the spread of coronavirus.
Inuwa also disclosed the corporation had deployed online methods in the procurement of petroleum products to minimise human contacts in business transactions at the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) in the face of COVID-19.
He said the application, known as the Customer Express, would also enable marketers to register, validate and revalidate their Bulk Purchase Agreements online within a week, adding that the portal provides a dashboard that enables the corporation to track all products being imported, transported and sold at all times.