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DPR digitalises approvals, permits, licences, others


The upstream division of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has come up with an Automated Downstream System (ADS), which is a strategy for the automation and digitization of all approvals, permits and licenses by the agency.
According to the industry regulator, ADS is made up of permits and licences issued by the Retail Outlet and Marketing (ROM) unit, and other related units.DPR explained the rational behind ADS: “In line with one of the visions of the Director of DPR, for all paper-based Approvals, Permits and Licences to be digitized and automated. The Head, ROM Unit set up a committee comprising of ROM and ICT staff with the mandate to design, develop, and implement an online application system for processing of licences. “The committee worked with one of our vendors to come up an online – solution called “ROMS Portal”, which is an acronym for Retail Outlet Management System Portal. The solution is currently online and can be accessed by the general public anywhere and anytime.
“ROMS Portal involves the automation of the application process, payments, inspections, presentations, approvals and inventory of issued approval, permits and licenses. Verification of approvals, permits and licenses are done on ROMS portal. This will ensure accountability and a workflow that track every stage in the approval process on the portal.
“The approach adopted for the design of ROMS Portal was to be simple, easy to use and user-friendly. It was also designed to be accessible on any desktop and mobile web browser. The technology used for the design and implementation of ROMS Portal allow for speedy loading of the portal and data submission.”

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