Discos lament, customers groan as national grid collapses

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Some states are currently experiencing power outages as the national grid has suffered system collapse.

This was reported to have occurred on Monday, and it became even worse for Nigerians as fuel stations have hike prices of fuel.

Recall that the national grid had collapsed in February, May, July and August 2021.

Electricity distribution companies said the recent collapse of the grid occurred at 10.40am and disrupted power supply within their networks.

One of the Discos, Eko Electricity Distribution Company Limited had apologised to its customers, stating it would keep them posted on the situation.

EKEDC had stated,  “Dear esteemed customer, we regret to inform you of a total system collapse on the national grid at 10:40 am today, leading to outages across our network.

“We are closely monitoring the situation with our TCN partners to determine the cause and a timeline for resolution.”

In the same vein,  Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc, had lamented that its customers in five states had no power supply.

In a statement issued by Emeka Ezeh, head of its corporate communications, the Disco said, “The Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) wishes to inform her esteemed customers in the South- East of a general system collapse which occurred this morning, Monday, 14th March, 2022 at 10:40 am.

“This is the reason for the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network.

“Consequently, all our outgoing feeders are out and supply to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States are affected by this development.

“We are on standby and awaiting signal from the National Control Centre (NCC) for restoration of supply”.

Similarly, Kaduna Electric also confirmed the national grid collapse via its Twitter handle.

Its post indicated, “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 head of corporate communications, Ikeja Electric, Felix Ofulue,  said its customers were affected by the system collapse but “supply has now been restored.”

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company is also affected as some of its coverage areas are in pitch darkness for some days now, especially in Abeokuta among others.

Many residents have been on edge as they had to contend with heat due to the epileptic power supply being experienced across the country.

A resident of Kolobo in Abeokuta, George Elijah lamented the area has been thrown into darkness since penultimate Monday, and the IBEDC only “flashed the light for about one hour last Friday, and since then we have no light.”

Another resident, Sijuola Mobolaji, equal has a sad story to tell, stating that it has been hell since the collapse of national grid. “It is quite sad, no light, no fuel, all we have now is epileptic power supply,” he stated.

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