Blackout Worsens, As Electricity Grid Suffers Collapse


Nigerians may be in for another dark holiday, as  the national grid has suffered another system collapse, worsening the blackout being experienced in parts of the country.

The federal government had declared Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 May, 2021 as public holiday to celebrate the Moslem festival Eid-El-Fitri.

The collapse, which occurred around 11.00 am on Wednesday, was confirmed by two of the country’s electricity distribution companies in separate messages to their customers.

“We regret to inform you that the power outage currently being experienced across our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid,” Kaduna Electric said on Twitter.
Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, in a text message to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the national grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”

The grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba