Tech entrepreneur unveils app to help Nigerians track utility usage

By Ruth Oketunde

A software developer, Mr Skalid Obi, has unveiled an application known as “Cydene Express”, to help Nigerians use domestic utilities efficiently.

Obi, 30, is the founder and CEO of Cydene Data Solutions Ltd.

The tech entrepreneur spoke in an interview with a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Abuja on Thursday ahead of his plan to roll out the app nationwide.

He explained that Cydene Express would be useful in helping households and offices pay for and track utility usage.

He cited the utilities the app would be used to access such as electricity, cooking gas, diesel, call credit and other related bills, saying app users would operate the services public in the comfort of their homes.

Obi, who studied software engineering at the University of Utah in the US, said he developed the app, following industry experience he gained while working as an intern at Exxon Mobil and in the strategy department of Techno Oil Ltd. in Lagos.

“The experience helped me immensely in understanding the Nigerian business environment and how to provide engineering solutions to some initial problems,” he said.

“At Techno Oil, I was in charge of dealer agreements, from station management to product allocation.

“I quickly realized that the product sourcing process is structured in all parts of the supply chain except to the end user.

Obi noted that the challenge for consumers was their inability to know when and how they would track their daily needs and services as needed.

“I decided that if I could automate the process of purchasing and distributing energy products at the retail level, I would have solved a large part of the problem that consumers were facing.

“I just need to distribute efficiently; keep margins low and focus on revenue,” he said, saying that’s what led him to develop the app.

According to Obi, industry experience also played an important role in his founding and growing a data science company, called Cydene Data Solutions.

He said the company provides solutions for various energy needs such as diesel supply, cooking gas, energy tokens and other household needs.

“With the Cydene Express app, you can order cooking gas, fuel, diesel, airtime credits and electricity tokens from the comfort of your home.

“The idea is to create an energy portfolio that meets all household energy needs, including taking advantage of the energy merchants around you.”

He recalled that his interest in developing IT solutions started long ago after his high school in Lagos.

Obi, who had his early education at Corona Primary School in Lekki, Lagos as well as Chrisland School in Idimu, near Ikeja in Lagos State, said he was honored to contribute to the growth of the Nigerian economy.

He said as many as 10,000 people nationwide have adopted the Cydene Express app. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Silas Nwoha