For the umpteenth time, the National Grid has collapsed, plunging the nation into darkness.
The fresh collapse sparked outrage among Nigerians, particularly on Social Media.
In a tweet, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) announced the development and urged Nigerians to be patient.
“Hello, please be informed that there has just been a national grid collapse causing an outage in our franchise areas. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and appeal that you bear with us while we await restoration from the TCN. We regret all inconvenience caused,” AEDC tweeted.
Also, the management of Kaduna Electricity in a statement signed by Abdulazeez Abdullahi, its head of Corporate Communication, said, it “regrets to inform you that the current outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to a collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred at about 18:29 pm this evening.”
It added that the normal power supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is restored.
The latest collapse, the third in less than a month, came despite assurances by the Federal Government that it has taken steps to address the problem.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which manages the grid had last month said it had developed alternative ways of managing the grid.
TCN had stated that its “in-house engineers have deployed a stop-gap solution to improve grid monitoring and acquisition of data from remote stations (power stations and transmission substations) to the National Control Centre.
This was achieved by utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) solution, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) by using various Internet Service Providers (ISP).