Power generation on the national grid crashed to 59.9 megawatts around 12 pm on Sunday as the country’s grid witnessed a nationwide collapse.

Data obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power showed that electricity generation on the grid plunged from 2,658.75MW at 11 am to 59.9MW by 12 noon on Sunday, as power distributors lost supply from the grid.

This led to widespread blackouts across the country, as power distribution companies blamed it on the collapse of the grid managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), an agency of the Federal Government.

Kaduna Disco, for instance, confirmed that the loss of bulk power supply left Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi states in darkness on Sunday.

Also, the Management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc informed its customers in a public notice that “the power outage being experienced is as a result of a system failure from the national grid at 11:21 hours today, February 4, 2024, which has led to a nationwide power outage.”

It, however, added, “Be rest assured that we are working with the relevant stakeholders to restore power as soon as the grid is stabilised. We appeal for your patience.”

A statement by the Kaduna Disco Head of Corporate Communications, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, also confirmed the development on Sunday.

According to Abdullahi, the power supply would be restored as soon as the Disco received bulk supply at load centres across its franchise.

“The Management of Kaduna Electric wishes to inform its esteemed customers that it has lost bulk power supply hence the outage being experienced currently in Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states.

“Power supply shall be restored to our customers as soon as we receive the same at load centres across our franchise. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience,” the statement read.

Figures from TCN showed that after crashing to 59.9MW around 12 pm, power generation on the grid moved up to 174MW by 1 pm, and further rose to 446.7MW, and 776.2MW at 2 pm and 3 pm.

It dropped marginally to 709MW at 4 pm, picked up to 996.5MW at 5 pm and grew to 1,051.4MW around 6 pm when this report was being compiled.

Meanwhile, the power ministry announced in a statement on Sunday that the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, met with top management teams of power generating companies and distribution companies in a bid to find a lasting solution to blackouts in Nigeria.

Bolaji Tunji, Special Adviser, Strategic Communication and Media Relations to the minister, quoted Adelabu as saying that there was a noticeable improvement in power supply during the yuletide, but the situation changed in the New Year with poor supply leading to blackouts.

The minister said his investigation revealed that the poor supply was due to low gas supply to Gencos.

“It was based on the need to understand the challenges first hand that led to inspection visits to power facilities in Olorunshogo in Ogun State and Omotosho in Ondo State. The problem is traceable to a low supply of gas and we need to resolve this as quickly as possible,” he stated.

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