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Nationwide power grid collapse plunges Nigeria into darkness, grid recovers slowly

Electricity Generation Dips to 59.9 Megawatts, Triggering Widespread Blackouts as Grid Falters; Power Ministry Seeks Lasting Solutions Amid Lingering Challenges

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The Nigerian national grid suffered a catastrophic collapse on Sunday, resulting in a drastic drop in power generation to a mere 59.9 megawatts (MW) by noon, according to data from the Federal Ministry of Power. The grid failure caused widespread blackouts across the country, leaving citizens grappling with darkness.

Power distribution companies, grappling with the fallout, attributed the outage to the nationwide grid collapse managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the federal government’s agency. Residents in affected states, including Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi, were among those plunged into darkness.

Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (Disco) and Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc confirmed the power outage, attributing it to the system failure on the national grid.

Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the Head of Corporate Communications for Kaduna Disco, assured customers of restoration efforts once bulk power supply resumed. Meanwhile, the TCN reported a gradual recovery in power generation, with figures climbing to 1,051.4 MW by evening.

This recent grid collapse echoes a similar incident in December 2023, when Nigeria experienced a system failure, resulting in a sharp decline in power generation from 4,032.8 MW to 43.5 MW. Despite restoration efforts by TCN engineers, the incident underscored the challenges facing the nation’s power sector.

In response to the recurring blackouts, the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, convened a meeting with the top management teams of power generation and distribution companies to address the crisis. Adelabu highlighted the critical issue of low gas supply to power-generating companies (Gencos) as a key factor contributing to the poor power supply.

The meeting also delved into discussions regarding indebtedness to Gencos by the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company, emphasizing the need for contractual arrangements with gas suppliers to ensure a steady gas supply for power generation.

As Nigeria grapples with the fallout of recurrent grid collapses and power challenges, the government seeks to stabilize the power sector and mitigate the impact of disruptions on citizens’ lives.

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