Nigeria suffers one of the worst power outages yet


The power crisis in Nigeria worsened on Thursday, when the country’s power generation crumbled completely, at exactly 12.58pm, to zero megawatts, and remained at this point for about three hours. Data from the country’s System Operator indicated that around 1 pm on Thursday, no power generation company in Nigeria could produce electricity as all the Discos received zero megawatts allocation from the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.

The nation experienced a drastic reduction in power supply through the national grid recently, with generation standing at 2,243.20mw, which the Federal Government has blamed on vandals. It was observed that before the system collapse, allocation to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, earlier in the day stood at 257.97mw. However, out of the 450MW that was owed to the AEDC, the distribution Company (Disco) only received about 50MW when the situation began to improve.

Officials from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing as well as private investors, attributed the never-ending fall in electricity generation to vandalism of gas pipelines and destruction of vital infrastructure in the industry by miscreants.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, reassured Nigerians that the 10,000 megawatts of electricity generation target set by the administration would be attained by the end of 2019.

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