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Nigeria’s power crisis deepens as Discos fail to utilize over 1,700 megawatts

Minister Calls for Accountability Amid Widespread Blackouts and Electricity Rejection

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Amid a nationwide blackout and escalating concerns over Nigeria’s faltering electricity supply, data reveals that power distribution companies (Discos) failed to distribute approximately 1,769.91 megawatts of electricity between February 1 and 14, 2024, exacerbating the country’s energy crisis.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria’s figures, disclosed in Abuja on Monday, underscored the persistent challenges plaguing Nigeria’s power sector. Despite receiving excess electricity load allocations during the period, most Discos failed to utilize the allocated energy, exacerbating the electricity deficit.

The worsening power situation prompted Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, to summon power firms and the Transmission Company of Nigeria to explain the declining electricity supply. Adelabu highlighted instances of deliberate electricity rejection by some distribution companies and infrastructure damage by vandals in key regions like Abuja, Benin, Port Harcourt, and Ibadan.

An analysis of the daily load summary of power distribution companies revealed recurring trends of electricity rejection and excessive load allocation across Nigeria’s 11 Discos. Despite gas shortages, power generation surged to over 4,000 megawatts in recent days, suggesting the capacity for improved supply nationwide.

In response to the worsening crisis, Minister Adelabu directed the CEOs of Abuja and Ibadan Discos, along with TCN representatives, to attend a meeting aimed at addressing the deteriorating electricity supply. Adelabu emphasized the need for accountability and warned of inquiries into the performance of non-performing Discos.

As Nigeria grapples with a dire power crisis, stakeholders are under pressure to identify solutions and mitigate the impact of electricity shortages on citizens and the economy.

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