Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has launched a new digital system to monitor and track the distribution of petrol and other petroleum products across the country.
The DPR Director/CEO, Sarki Auwalu, at the launch on Thursday in Abuja said the new system, called Downstream Remote Monitoring System (DRMS), will among others check product scarcity and smuggling.
He said the launch of the DRMS would guarantee availability and reliability of real-time data for decision making and planning.
“When we see the population is not in tandem with what we consume, then we know something is happening there. This system you can easily juxtapose and get the station and people trying to take the product out of Nigeria prosecuted.
“Today, we launch a game-changing platform that will reshape the conduct of businesses and operations in the Downstream. This solution will strategically position the industry for increased profitability and investments,” he said.
Auwalu also said to make the system readily available across all locations, there is a USSD code *7117# that can be dialled on any of the mobile networks to submit data using a unique facility identification code, Daily Trust reported.
‘‘The DRMS has been configured to feed into the Integrated Data Mining and Analytics Centre (IDMAC) recently launched in Lagos’’, he stated.
Oil marketers at the event called for the inclusion and targeted enlightenment of all players on how the new system will work to ensure its success for the industry and the country.