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Thursday, 11 July 2019

NIGERIA’s power grid has collapsed 100 times in the last six years, a development which has resulted in total national blackout, it was gathered yesterday.

The period covers between 2013 and 2019, marking a six-year period.

Also, the nation’s grid collapsed nine times, with the last one on June 30, 2019.

Distribution companies (DisCos) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) engaged in blame game over the issue.

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company(IBEDC) spokesman, Mrs Angela Adegunle, said the recent collapse of the grid, was also devastating, as socio-economic activities were paralysed nationwide.

She said the firm lost a total of 643 megawatts (Mw) of electricity during the time of the grid collapse.

According to her, IBEDC lost 382.75Mw and 260.93 Mw respectively in June 30th and July 1, 2019 to the grid collapse.

The issue, Adekunle said, affected the company’s franchise areas, as they were thrown into darkness.

The areas, she said, include Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Kogi and some parts of Kwara states.

Adekunle said rather than the DisCos, the TCN should be blamed for the collapse of the national grid.

She advised the TCN to carry out its supervisory roles diligently to eschew future occurence.

“Incidence of grid collapse would continue as long as the TCN fails to carry out its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) well,” she said.


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