Nigerians may celebrate Easter in darkness as national grid collapses again 


CITIZENS COMPASS —Milliond of Nigerians may celebrate Easter in darkness following the collapse of the national grid on Thursday, March 2024. 

The nation grid, centrally managed from Osogbo, Osun State, suffered a collapse at about 4:30 p. m.

The collapse was the first of its kimd in the year, 2024 which has thrown many businesses into losses. 

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

The grid’s output, which stood at 2984 megawatts as of 4 pm, plummeted to zero within the span of an hour, with all 21 plants connected to the grid ceasing operations by 5 pm.

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

Since privatisation, the grid has experienced a staggering 141 collapses, underscoring the magnitude of the systemic challenges facing the industry.

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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