JUST IN: Nigerians thrown into darkness as national grid collapses for the second time in one month

Nigerians have been thrown into darkness as the nation’s power grid experienced another collapse for the second time in one month.

According to data obtained from the Nigerian System Operator’s portal (niggrid.org), between 2:00 am till the time of filing this report.

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.

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

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

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

The last collapse occurred on Thursday, March 28, 2024, making it the second time in less than one month.

The latest collapse came barely a week after the controversial review of Band A power consumers increased tariffs by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. 

Meanwhile, despite the widespread impact of the blackout, neither the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) nor the DisCos have yet to issue an official statement regarding the cause and resolution of the crisis.

This report is developing, more details will be shared on the Intel Region WhatsApp group as soon as possible.

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