Blackout as national grid collapses, minister summons emergency meeting

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Power generation on the national grid collapsed to zero megawatts around 10.40am on Monday, leading to widespread blackout across the country.

Different power distri-bution companies alerted their customers about the grid collapse, stressing that it was what led to the outages.

Enugu Disco, for instance, described it as a general system collapse, adding that the plunge in power generation on the grid caused a blackout in the five states under its franchise area.

It added, “Consequently, all our outgoing feeders are out and supply to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states are affected by this development. We are on standby and awaiting a signal from the National Control Centre for restoration of supply.”

Also, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company stated that the collapse affected its network and franchise area.

The Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger are under the AEDC coverage, as the power firm distributes electricity in these states.

The Ikeja Disco further confirmed the system collapse, stating that it recorded it at almost the same time on Monday.

On its part, Eko Electricity Distribution Company informed its customers that “a system collapse occurred on the national grid at 10:40am today (Monday), leading to outages across our network.

“We are working on the situation with our TCN partners and will keep you updated. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused.”

Kaduna Disco contacted those under its service areas too, as it stated that “we regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to system collapse of the national grid which occurred at about 10:40am.

The Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, Joy Ogaji, kicked against the position of the TCN that the Gencos were to blame for poor power supply nationwide.
On March 8, 2022, the TCN ascribed the low power generation in Nigeria to Gencos’ inability or refusal to generate power, as the transmission company absolved itself of any responsibility from the ongoing shortage of power supply across the country.

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