April 20, 2024
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Nationwide Blackout Strikes Nigeria for Second Time in Three Months

Millions of homes and businesses plunged into darkness as the national electricity grid suffers collapse on Thursday, marking the second nationwide blackout in 2024. Managed centrally from Osogbo, Osun state, the grid failure occurred at 4:30 pm, leading to widespread power outages across the country.

Various distribution companies (DisCos) reported inactive feeders, contributing to the extensive blackout affecting consumers nationwide. Data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) indicated a rapid decline in power generation, plummeting from 2,984 megawatts (MW) to zero within an hour. All 21 plants connected to the grid ceased operations by 5 pm, according to Leadership newspaper.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) attributed the outage to a system failure from the national grid, urging stakeholders’ patience as efforts to restore normal supply are underway.

Similarly, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) informed customers of power supply loss across its network due to the system collapse. Collaborating with partners, the company assured customers of ongoing efforts for a swift restoration of power, promising regular updates on the situation.

The recurrence of grid collapses adds to previous instances in 2023, highlighting the challenges faced by Nigeria’s energy infrastructure.

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