BREAKING: Nigeria Plunged into Darkness as National Grid Collapses Yet Again

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BREAKING: Nigeria Plunged into Darkness as National Grid Collapses Yet Again

Nigeria faces another nationwide power outage due to the latest collapse of the national grid, which occurred on Saturday at around 15:09 hours. This disruption has left many parts of the country in darkness, impacting the supply of electricity to several states in the Southeast region.

Emeka Ezeh, the Head of Corporate Communications at the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), confirmed the incident in an official notice. He explained that the collapse has caused a significant interruption in the bulk electricity supply from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) National Control Centre.

As a result of the grid failure, EEDC reported power outages across Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states. “This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network. Due to this development, all our interface TCN stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide services to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states. We are on standby awaiting detailed information on the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre (NCC), Osogbo,” the notice stated.

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This latest grid collapse follows a recent announcement by TCN that electricity generation had dropped to a peak of 4,723.30 megawatts on July 4, 2024, down from 4,800 megawatts in May. The year 2024 has already seen at least three instances of system collapses, contributing to a troubling trend with approximately 227 collapses recorded over the past 14 years.

The recurring grid failures come in the wake of the April 3 and July 1, 2024, electricity tariff hikes for Band A customers, who are expected to receive 20-24 hours of power supply. The electricity tariff for Band A customers has risen significantly, from N66 per kilowatt-hour to N206.80 per kilowatt-hour.

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