National power grid collapses again, nationwide blackout looms

Onwubuke Melvin
Onwubuke Melvin

The Nigeria power grid has once again collapsed, throwing some parts of the country into darkness in the early hours of Monday; following the Nigerian System Operator’s portal showing a collapse from 2,583.77MW at 2 am on Monday to 64.7MW around 3 am.

Nigeria with a population of over 200 million, generates an average of 4,000MW of electricity.

However, this is grossly inadequate as the power grid continues to collapse which is mostly attributed to the gas shortage challenge, and activities of vandals, among others.

The power grid recorded zero Megawatts (MW) at the time and is currently generating a meagre 52.3MW around 7:10 am the same day.

It is revealed that Ibom Power, was the only active electricity generation company, at the time of the grid collapse on Monday morning, according to Independent System Operator data.

This is the sixth power grid collapse in 2024 amidst the recently increased electricity tariff by 231 per cent for category A consumers by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The grid collapse was confirmed by Jos Electricity Distribution Company.

The Head of Corporate Affairs, JEDC, Dr Friday Elijah, in a notice to customers, said, “The current outage being experienced within our franchise states is a result of loss of power supply from the national grid.

“The loss of power supply from the national grid occurred in the early hours at about 02:42 hours of today, Monday, April 15, 2024, hence the loss of power supply on all our feeders.”

However, Elijah was optimistic that the grid would be restored to normal power supply for electricity consumers.

Recall that power generation on the national grid crashed to 59.9MW around noon on February 4, 2024, as the country’s grid witnessed a nationwide collapse.

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