Darkness As National Grid Collapse For The 10th Time
Most parts of the country were thrown into total bondage on Friday after the national grid collapsed for nine hours.
The incident made it the 10th times the grid had collapsed this year.
The spokesperson of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) confirmed the incident.
He said the system collapsed at about 14:01hrs but was restored around 21:01hrs.
The incident was said to have led power generation dropping to zero megawatts (MW).
Mr Mbah, however, said the incident is being investigated.
In January, the grid collapsed four times and once in February and April respectively.
In May, the grid collapsed twice within 24 hours, leading to the reduction of power allocation to distribution companies (DisCos) across Nigeria.
On June 30, the power substation in Benin, Edo State experienced a fire outbreak leading to a total collapse of the national grid, making it the ninth times in 2019.
Meanwhile, both TCN and DisCos exchanged blames on the failure.
While TCN said the system collapsed due to the massive load rejection by DisCos, the DisCos claimed the frequent collapse is due to the poor equipment TCN uses for transmission.
The umbrella body of the DisCos, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), said the national grid has recorded over a 100 partial and system transmission failure since privatization in 2013.
In June, the Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo claimed the Buhari-led administration has invested N900 billion in the power sector since its assumption of office in 2015.
”Since assumption of office, we have invested so far in terms of support N700 billion in the power sector. Earlier, we invested N200 billion.
Osinbajo also announced that the administration was ready to invest another N600 billion in the sector.