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Groups demand sanctions as power collapses seventh time

Nigeria experienced another nationwide power outage on Monday morning after the national electricity grid failed for the seventh time in 2022.Infomation Guide Nigeria

Following the development, power consumer groups called for sanctions against operators or firms responsible for the ongoing grid failures that have plagued Nigeria’s electricity system since this year.Jamb Result

According to industry figures released on Monday, power generation on the grid reached a high of 4,100.80 megawatts on Sunday. It fell to 3,713.1MW at 6 a.m. on Monday before plummeting to about 80MW later that day.

“This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network. Due to this development, all our interface TCN stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide service to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states, the Disco stated via a Twitter message.

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It added, “We are on standby awaiting detailed information of the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre, Osogbo.

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company, on its part, said, “This is to inform our numerous customers that the current power outage being experienced is due to a system collapse at the national grid supplying power to KEDCO and other Discos.

“Though the cause of the collapse, as well as the possible restoration timeline, is yet to be ascertained, efforts are ongoing to do the needful. We will keep you updated on the situation while we apologise for any inconveniences this outage may have caused.”

Abuja Disco also stated that “the current power outage is due to a system failure from the national grid. The system collapsed at about 10:55am today, September 26, 2022, causing the outage currently being experienced.

“We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply.”

Kunle Olubiyo, President of the Nigeria Consumer Protection Network, who served on the National Technical Investigative Panel on Power System Collapses/System Stability and Reliability (June 2013), responded to the development by saying that sanctions should be imposed to stop the spate of grid collapses.

He told our correspondent that Monday’s “total system collapse is quite unfortunate and unnecessary.”

Olubiyo said, “The nation needs to do more in terms of upgrading obsolete grid infrastructure, grid automation, making more investments in grid system interfaces, protecting devices and with emphasis on load frequency management scheme.

“There should also be sanctions and consequences for infractions associated with grid system indiscipline. The present total power grid collapse is no doubt at a huge cost to the end users, the economy, all spheres of human endeavors and the nation at large.”

The National Secretary, Network of Electricity Consumers Advocacy of Nigeria, Uket Obonga, earlier told our correspondent that there should be consequences for dereliction of duty in the power sector.

We can’t continue to record these anomalies and no one or agency is sanctioned for such infractions,” he stated.

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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