- The collapse of the national electricity grid has left many states in the dark
- 11 distribution companies were affected by the collapse
There is electricity outage across some states in the country following the collapse of the national electricity grid.
Daily Trust reports that the collapse is coming a day “after the national grid rose to 5,114 megawatts”. The collapse has affected 11 distribution companies.
Oyebode Fadipe who is the spokesman of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said the collapse reduced its allocation to 20 MW.
He said: “In the circumstance, we are unable to service our customers. We apologise for the inconvenience this may be causing our customers,” it told customers across Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states in a statement.
Also, the Kaduna Electric said the interrupted power supply affected Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states where it operates.
It said: “At about 2:33PM today, 8 May 2019 the national grid suffered system collapse, consequently, power supply to all our franchise states was interrupted.
“Normal supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up. We regret any inconvenience this may cause all our customers.”
Meanwhile, Professor Adesoji Adesina, a popular chemical engineer said that it may take Nigerian power sector another 100 years to be able to provide steady power supply.
The don said this while delivering the First Nigerian National Merit Award Winner’s Lecture at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Tribune reports.
According to him, if the country keeps relying on fossil energy resources as it has been doing over years, enjoying stable power supply is not possible.
He said there is the need to diversify the country's energy sources into areas like wind and solar, as the nation as been grouped as underdeveloped on human capacity because of his unreliable energy.
“And if the current attitude is maintained, we will need about 100 years to be in the same position that high human development countries are today,” he pointed out.
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