Managing Director of OGFZA, Umana Okon Umana
The Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) took a major step on Monday to advance its application of the Ease of Doing Business policy when it signed an agreement to power its operations with Oracle Cloud. An IT solution, Oracle Cloud offers organisations the backbone to drive innovation and business transformation by enhancing speed and efficiency, lowering cost and simplifying IT complexity.
At the agreement-signing ceremony at Oracle office in Abuja, the managing director of OGFZA, Mr Umana Okon Umana, said the decision to invest in cutting edge technology was a result of OGFZA’s roadmap to optimise service delivery and add the most value to clients at every service point. “We agreed to add value—there is no way that can be achieved without retooling our processes to meet the expectations of our clients,” Umana said.
Umana explained that OGFZA was going for the best-in-class technology to meet global competition. “The market is global, so you’re competing with other service providers worldwide,” he said.
He told Oracle Nigeria that he was looking forward to an expeditious implementation of the IT solution to drive its vision of being the premier agency of the Nigerian government attracting investments to grow the economy.
Oracle applications Sales Director (public sector), Bisike Uba, said the signature ceremony marked the beginning of a journey of transformation for OGFZA
with Oracle as a guide. Bisike said the value proposition of Oracle Cloud was to help OGFZA drive efficiency, effectiveness and transparency at reduced cost in its day-to-day operations.
The investment in Oracle Cloud fulfills OGFZA’s commitment to automation, which is a key proposition in the agency’s roadmap produced early this year at a strategic management retreat held in Onne, Rivers State.
The Oracle Cloud solution is expected to guarantee that OGFZA does not falter in its commitment to new service standards such as the reduction of the turnaround time for a new licence from 28 days to 14 and the cut in the time for licence renewal from 14 days to 48 hours.
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