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Nigeria In Darkness As National Grid Collapses

A nationwide power outage has hit Nigeria again as the national grid collapsed on Saturday.

Head, Corporate of Communications at Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Emeka Ezeh, disclosed this in a notice on Saturday.

According to the notice, the National Grid Collapse occurred around 15:09 hours on Saturday.

Consequently, bulk electricity supply from the Transmission Company of Nigeria National Control Centre has been disrupted.

EEDC said the situation is the reason for the loss of power supply in the Southeast states – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo.

“This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network.

“Due to this development, all our interface TCN stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide services to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states.

“We are on standby awaiting detailed information of the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre (NCC), Osogbo,” the notice reads.

The development comes days after TCN announced that electricity generation declined to 4,723.30 megawatts peak on July 4, 2024, compared to 4800mw in May.

In 2024 alone, Nigeria has recorded at least three system collapses.

System collapse has occurred about 227 times in the last 14 years, according to TCN.

This comes amid the April 3 and July 1 2024 electricity tariff hike for Band A customers, who are supposed to get 20-24 hours of power supply.

The electricity tariff for Band A rose to N206.80 per kilowatt-hour from N66 kWh.

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