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Again, national grid collapses throwing Nigerians into darkness

Nigeria’s power grid experienced another collapse in the early hours of Monday, April 15, 2024, according to data obtained from the Nigerian System Operator’s portal (niggrid.org), between 2:00 am.

 

The grid recorded an unprecedented zero Megawatts (MW) at the time and is currently generating a meagre 52.3MW around 7:10 am the same day, BusinessDay reports.

The consequences of this blackout were felt nationwide, as electricity distribution companies (DisCos) struggled to cope with the sudden and prolonged outage.

This collapse marks the fifth grid disturbance in 2024, adding to challenges that have long plagued Nigeria’s power sector.

In a year already marred by disruptions, this latest incident stands out as the most severe, exacerbating the ongoing struggles consumers and industry stakeholders face.

Many parts of the country have been plunged into darkness for over five hours as the grid is yet to come into full recovery.

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Already, many Electricity Distribution Companies, DisCos, have notified their customers about the development, adding that the situation is beyond their control.

In a statement, Friday Adakole Elijah, head of corporate affairs, Jos Electricity Distribution Company (DisCo), stated: “The loss of power supply from the national grid occurred in the early hours at about 0242 hours of today, Monday, 15th April 2024, hence the loss of power supply on all our feeders.”

Similarly, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (DisCo), stated: “Affected areas are Jubril Martins, Ajose Adeogun, Younis Bashorun, Fatai Durosinmi-Etti Crescent, Muri Okunola, Ligali Ayorinde, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Chief Yesufu Abiodun Way, Palace Road, Dideolu Estate, Etim Inyang Crescent and Ademola Adetokunbo.

“We sincerely apologise for our inability to meet up with the required service level in the past 2 days.”

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