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Public Outcry Grows as Power Grid Failures Continue to Plague Electricity Consumers



Public Outcry Grows as Power Grid Failures Continue to Plague Electricity Consumers

The Federal Government has said that the nationwide blackout witnessed on Thursday is due to a fire incident and an explosion on the Kainji/Jebba 330kV line 2.

Power consumers, however, kicked against the unending excuses of the government as regards power generation and supply in Nigeria, despite privatising the generation and distribution arms of the sector since November 2013.

It was reported on Thursday that there was widespread blackout across the country following the total collapse of Nigeria’s electricity grid early Thursday morning. Also Read:

The report stated that the grid collapsed around 12:40 a.m. on September 14, 2023, leading to the massive loss of supply to power distributors nationwide.

Multiple sources in the power sector and electricity distribution companies confirmed the development, as the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc had issued a notice titled, ‘Notice of Total System Collapse.”

The notice said, “The EEDC wishes to inform its esteemed customers of a total system collapse which occurred at 12:40am today, September 14, 2023. Also Read:

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“This has resulted in the loss of supply experienced across the network. Due to this development, all our interface TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria) stations are out of collection, and we cannot provide service to our customers in Abia, Anambra,  Ebonyi,  Enugu and Imo states.

“We are on standby, awaiting detailed information of the collapse and supply restoration from the National Control Centre, Osogbo.”

The Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh, signed the notice.

About a week ago, the Transmission Company of Nigeria celebrated what it described as 400 days of power grid stability in Nigeria, as it claimed that the grid witnessed no collapse all through the 400 days.

But giving details of what led to the collapse of the grid in a Facebook post on Thursday, the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, explained that a fire outbreak at Kainji/Jebba, located in the North-Central part of Nigeria caused the blackout.

The President of Nigeria Consumer Protection Network and coordinator of Power Sector Perspectives, Kunle Olubiyo, said until the root causes of grid collapse were addressed, the situation would continue.

“As long as we refuse to address the fundamental root causes of system collapse, distortions, instability and related concerns, the recent feat by TCN shall be a spike or a flash in the pan.

“Particularly when there is low generation, load dispatch and energy utilisation. So it might not be out of place to describe the feat (by TCN) as a fluke.”

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