By Uche Amunike
Another nationwide blackout has occurred, leaving many cities in darkness as a result of the Nigerian National Electricity Grid collapse which is caused by poor management and low gas supply, according to the government.
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc, while addressing her esteemed consumers stated: ‘EEDC wishes to inform esteemed customers of a system collapse which occurred at 6:49pm this evening, Sunday, 12th June 2022.’
According to a statement released by the EEDC spokesperson, Emeka Ezeh, the Nigerian national grid collapse affected all outgoing feeders, which in turn, affected supply to its customers in Anambra, Ebonyi, Abia, Enugu and Imo states.
Hear him: ‘We are on standby, awaiting further information on restoration of supply from the National Control Centre (NCC),’ he added.
The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc also went on Facebook to pass information about the collapse to its customers through the Head of Corporate Communication, Friday Elijah.
The post read: ‘The Management of Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc wishes to inform the general public that the current outage being witnessed is a result of system collapse. We hope to restore supply as soon as supply is restored,’ it concluded.
The Eko electricity distribution company also reached out to their customers informing them of the Nigerian national grid collapse which not only affected their entire network but also impacted their ability to deliver optimum service.
They assured their customers that they were working with their TCN partners on a swift resolution while pleading with them to bear with the company as they tried to seek ways to restore power.
Kaduna state was not left out as the spokesperson of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi sent the same kind of message to their customers, stating: ‘We regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to System Collapse of the National Grid. The collapse occurred at about 18:47 pm this evening hence the loss of supply on all our outgoing feeders’, the notice said, promising consumers that power will be restored as soon as the national grid was powered back.
Abuja was not left out as the management of the Abuja Electricity distribution company also posted on Facebook: ‘Please be informed that the current power outage is due to a system failure from the National Grid. The system collapsed at about 6.49pm today 12th June, 2022, causing the outage currently being experienced. We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply.’
This is the sixth reported collapse Nigeria has experienced so far in 2022 even though it is believed the figure could be higher than reported. The government has blamed poor management and a case of no gas supply has major reasons why the grid has collapsed in the past.
After it happened in April, the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu assured that the government was working on ways to improve power supply.
The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has so far failed Nigerians in the area of solving her perennial power problem.