National Grid Experiences Another Collapse, Plunging Nigeria into DarknessMarch 28, 2024

By Milcah Tanimu

Nigeria faced yet another setback on Thursday as its national power grid collapsed once again.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company confirmed the incident via its social media platforms, informing customers about the outage.

According to the AEDC, the collapse occurred around 4:28 pm, resulting in widespread power outages across the country.

“Dear valued customers, please note that the current power outage is due to a system failure within the national grid. The collapse occurred at approximately 16:28 hours today, March 28, 2024, causing the ongoing outage within our franchise area,” the Abuja DisCo announced.

“We seek your understanding as all relevant stakeholders are diligently working towards restoring normal power supply,” they added.

Similarly, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company issued a statement: “Dear valued customers, we regret to inform you that a system collapse occurred at 16:28hrs, resulting in a loss of power supply across our network.”

“We are actively collaborating with our partners to expedite the restoration of the grid. Updates regarding the restoration of power supply will be provided promptly. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.”

This recent collapse follows a similar incident on February 4.

It’s worth recalling that on December 12, 2023, Nigeria experienced a significant system collapse, drastically reducing power generation from 4,032.8MW to 43.5MW the previous day.

Data from the TCN revealed that electricity generation briefly surged to 115.4MW around 3 pm on December 11, 2023, before climbing further to 240.9MW by 4 pm.

According to a report by the International Energy Agency, Nigeria’s national power grid collapsed 46 times between 2017 and 2023. The report highlighted the challenges faced by Nigerians, particularly the widespread blackouts in 2023, notably on September 14, when a grid failure occurred due to a fire on a major transmission line.


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