Nationwide power outage in Nigeria after power grid collapses | Political news

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Thursday’s outage affects all 36 states of Nigeria as well as the capital Abuja.

“Total system collapse” led to widespread power outages across Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

Thursday’s outage affected Nigeria’s 36 states and its capital, Abuja.

The grid collapsed several times and it was unclear when power would be restored.

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, which supplies electricity to southeastern Nigeria, has issued a statement announcing the collapse of the “total system”.

“Due to this development, … we are unable to provide services to our customers,” said company spokesperson Emeka Ezeh.

Power generation fell to zero early Thursday and had risen to 273 megawatts (MW) by 10:30 GMT, well below the daily average of 4,100 MW, according to data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

“Electricity supply will be restored as soon as the national grid is powered again,” the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, which supplies electricity to parts of northern Nigeria, said in a statement.

Grid electricity supply is erratic in Nigeria, a major oil and gas producer, forcing households and businesses to use diesel and gasoline generators.

However, petrol and diesel prices have more than doubled this year after the government ended decades-long subsidies, and many households and businesses have struggled to find a source of energy alternative.

In 2022, Nigeria’s network collapsed at least four times, which authorities blamed on technical problems.

Nigeria has an installed capacity of 12,500 MW, but produces about a quarter of that.

President Bola Tinubu has promised to improve supply by allowing state governments to build their own power plants in a bid to help boost sluggish economic growth.

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