COVID-19: Energy Industry Still Striving to Meet Demand – Expert

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A renewable energy expert, Lynda Iheme, on Monday, said the energy industry is still striving to meet demand with supply due to the effects of the COVID-19 on all the sectors of the national economy.

Iheme, an Administrative Executive at Nexgen Energy and Allied services, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.

” The needs are still there. Our support to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, homes and corporate organisations is very critical at this time more than ever.

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“It then calls for dynamism in our approach to drive the industry and meet the challenges of this time with technological solutions that will support economic growth.

“At Nexgen, being a customer-oriented organisation, we leverage on social media and other trends to stay above board as well as curb the impact of COVID-19 on our business,’’ she said.

Iheme, however, called on stakeholders in the industry to rise to the occasion and ensure that Nigerians enjoy stable energy to boost their productivity.

“While adhering to safety protocols to protect staff and customers, the energy industry should strive to provide quality services at this time.

“It is important to redefine how work is being done now to achieve excellence.

“It is not in doubt that the power sector which is an essential service sector has not been spared from the effects of COVID-19.

“At Nexgen Energy, our way of doing business has changed and we have geared up to it, seamlessly transiting to new ways of doing business in what is now termed as the new normal.

“Logistics particularly has been affected owing to inter-state lockdown in Nigeria and this disruption hinders timely delivery to meet up with customers’ demand.

“With the help of google earth, skype, hang out, zoom and other available technologies, we are able to engage our customers and resolve their complaints,” she said.

According to Iheme, renewable energy is a veritable alternative for energy supply that could engender growth and provide unlimited opportunities for industries if embraced.

She said sustainable development and safe earth should also top concerns at this time of the pandemic.

“Solutions should be holistic and strategic to ensure that the world gets better after the pandemic,” she said.

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