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From Darkness Lite to Darkness Pro, Nigerians Face Blackout As National Grid Collapses

The less than 24 hours supply of electricity in Nigeria saw a sharp decline into total darkness across several cities in the country after the National grid collapsed again on Friday April 8, 2022.

Cities including the Federal Capital Territory were thrown into absolute darkness following the national grid collapse, a situation that had occurred several times within this year.

Electricity distribution companies announced the breakdown, the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) in a statement by its spokesperson, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said: “Dear Esteemed Customers, the management of Kaduna electric regrets to inform you that the current outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to a collapse of the national grid.”

“The collapse occurred at about 18:29 pm this evening.Normal power supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is restored.

“We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences”.

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In a tweet by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), late friday, it reads: ““Please be informed that there has just been a national grid collapse causing an outage in our franchise areas. We apologize for the inconvenience caused and appeal that you bear with us while we await restoration from the TCN. We regret all inconvenience caused”

In similar fashion, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company announced that the collapse happened at 6:30 p.m. across its distributing states of Bauchi, Benue, Gombe and Plateau.

“Dear customers, there was a loss of supply as a result of the system collapse of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) about 6:30 p.m. across all our franchise states of Bauchi, Benue, Gombe and Plateau.”

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company said, “Dear Esteemed Customers, a planned outage has been scheduled by our TCN partners for Saturday, April 9, 2022 between 9am and 3pm. This is to enable the TCN crew repair a wounded conductor between Tower #9 and #10 on the Ajah/Alagbon 330kV Line.”

This is not the first time the Nation grild will collapse, in March 2022, the national grid collapsed twice at a time when the country was suffering from an unexpected fuel scarcity.

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, blamed the constant collapse on poor maintenance and shortage of gas. He, however, said the government had upgraded four power plants as part of efforts to improve the sector.

Aside from the grid collapse, however, Nigerians witness insufficient electricity supply with millions of homes in darkness. This is because the nation generates less than 20 per cent of the electricity it needs and can’t even transmit and effectively distribute the little it generates.

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