Fuel scarcity in Nigeria has been linked to three main reasons such as change of government, prospects for removal fuel subsidies and the weakening Naira. As such, it has been pointed out that fuel shortages in the country are unlikely to come to an end anytime soon.
To spare people the trouble of waiting in queues at night trying to get fuel, Subomi Owo-Odusi is close to finishing his innovative app, FueledUp, a mobile app that will present an alternative to waiting in long queues. Through the app, users can get price information, enter their car details and how much fuel they need. The app will then alert the customers about the expected delivery time and they will be notified once their cars have been refilled.
FueledUp will be ready by May 2016 and the young innovator is confident that his app will be widely accepted by the Nigerian community because it offers convenience. Users will be able to buy between 20 to 40 litres of fuel with a minimum of 18 litres.
“I have always had it in me to disrupt, create, innovate, and be an entrepreneur. I do not like to follow rules, I have a vision and it is the vision that I have followed suit. This journey started out of failure, last December I was at my rock bottom, my business (into distribution of fuel and marketing) wasn’t doing too well. The few transaction I had were not moving at all. I remember crying to God and challenged him, luckily I stumbled on company in the US doing on demand refueling I got sent the link on Facebook, read up on it did a few intense research and I asked myself why cant I do this here, I decided to take the bull by the horn,” said Subomi while sharing his journey with the app with Natasha Notable.
The young entrepreneur also hopes to see his app expanding to other parts of Africa, not just Nigeria.
Given the current fuel crisis in the country, this app could not have come at a better time! Well done to Subomi for innovating his way out of frustration!