Power outages as national grid system collapses in Nigeria

*There has been a partial system collapse on the National Grid system interrupting power supply to most areas within electricity distribution companies’ networks across the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For the umpteenth time in recent months, the national electricity grid has collapsed, leading to power outage in most parts of Nigeria.

Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Head of Corporate Communication, Kaduna Electricity Distribution (KEDC) Plc, made the announcement in a blog post via the electricity distribution company’s (DisCo) official Twitter account Wednesday, February 17.

Abdullahi stated the latest grid system collapse has affected areas on it network including Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states in Northern Nigeria.

Ikeja Electric (IKEDC), one of the two electricity distribution companies in Lagos, also confirmed the development in a tweet.

The company disclosed the collapse occurred around 2:00p.m., affecting homes and businesses on its network across Lagos State.

IKEDC said: “This is to inform you that we experienced a system collapse at 13:58hrs today and this affected all customers on the IE network.”

“However, we are pleased to confirm that supply has been restored to Alimosho, Ogba, and Alausa transmission stations at 14:47hrs.

“Please note that gradual restoration to other areas is currently ongoing. Thank you for your understanding.”

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), the other DisCo operating in Lagos, related that most areas on its network also have been affected by the development.

The power firm said: “There has been a partial system collapse on the National Grid interrupting supply to most areas within our network.

“We are gathering updates on the situation and will provide them as available.”

“For now, please be assured that all stakeholders are working hard to make sure this is resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

ConsumerConnect recalls this negative development in the all-important power sector of the Nigerian economy is resurfacing for the umpteenth time, as the penultimate national electricity grid collapse was recorded November 2020, affecting several regions of the largest economy on the African continent by Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The development late last year came several months after the national grid collapsed twice within 24 hours in January 2020.

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