Nigeria experienced yet another series of blackouts nationwide as the national power grid suffered another collapse, marking the first such incident in 2024.
On Sunday, at around 11:51 AM, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) operated grid went down. As a result, the system’s capacity dropped from 2,407 megawatts to just 31MW by midday and to zero by 1 PM.
Distribution companies are already alerting customers about the situation as Kaduna Electric confirmed that the loss of bulk power supply left Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi states in darkness.
“Power supply shall be restored to our customers as soon as we receive same at load centres across our franchise. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” Abdulazeez Abdullahi, head of corporate communication at Kaduna Electric said on Sunday.
TCN has yet to state the cause of the collapse, but, probably, inadequate infrastructure, gas supply issues, and transmission system constraints are contributing factors.
The national grid’s collapse represents a considerable setback for Nigeria’s economy and developmental goals.
With frequent power outages, Nigeria stands to lose billions of dollars annually. Moreover, these outages adversely affect the quality of life for Nigerians, hindering work, study, and business operations.