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Nigeria: Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority Deploys Oracle Clouds to Boost Efficiency

Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA) has signed an agreement with Oracle to power its operations with Oracle Cloud in order to advance its application of the Ease of Doing Business policy.

As 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.

The OGFZA Managing Director, Umama Okno Umana, who spoke at the agreement-signing ceremony at Oracle office in Abuja, said that the decision to invest in cutting edge technology was fallout of OGFZA’s roadmap to optimize service delivery and add the most value to clients at every service point.

He said that “We agreed to add value—there is no way that can be achieved without retooling our processes to meet the expectations of our clients.”

According to him, 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 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 license from 28 days to 14 and the cut in the time for license renewal from 14 days to 48 hours.”

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