Nigerians thrown into darkness national grid suffers another collapse

Nigeria has once again experienced a nationwide blackout, as the national energy grid, which is centrally regulated in Osogbo, Osun State, collapsed at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, leaving millions of homes and businesses without power.

This is the fourth time the grid has collapsed since the first three months of the year, compounding long-standing issues in Nigeria’s electricity industry.

According to reports from numerous distribution businesses across the nation’s 36 states, their feeders were rendered inactive, resulting in widespread blackouts throughout the country.

The grid’s output, which stood at 2984 megawatts as of 4 p.m., fell to zero in an hour, with all 21 grid-connected facilities shutting down by 5 p.m.

This incident marks another setback for Nigeria’s electricity sector, which has been marred by persistent issues despite privatisation efforts aimed at revitalization.

Over the past decade since privatisation, the grid has experienced a staggering 141 collapses, underscoring the magnitude of the systemic challenges facing the industry.

As of the time of reporting at 6:00 pm, the Azura Power Plant was the sole facility contributing to the grid, albeit with a modest output of 54 megawatts.

Major power generation plants such as Egbin, Afam, Geregu, Ibom Power, Jebba, Kainji, Odukpani, and Olorunsogo, among others, remained dormant, further exacerbating the electricity deficit nationwide.

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