In the early hours of Wednesday, Nigeria experienced another significant collapse of its already troubled electricity grid. This event left almost the entire country in darkness, affecting various regions. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has not yet provided an official statement regarding the national outage. As of 8:37 AM, data shows that the total power allocation to the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) by the 26 generation companies (Gencos) had dropped to zero megawatts.

This incident raises concerns, especially in light of the recent celebration by TCN of achieving ‘400 days’ without any disruption to the national grid. Despite this, Nigeria continues to grapple with a severe deficit in its electricity supply, with only 3,500 to 4,500 megawatts available for a population exceeding 200 million. This places Nigeria among the countries with the lowest levels of electrification globally.

It is imperative for authorities to address the ongoing challenges faced by the nation’s power sector, as these recurrent collapses have far-reaching implications for the daily lives and economic activities of Nigerians.



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